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post #61 of 230 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2014, 11:03 AM
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Robson may be forced to skip Roland Garros

Laura Robson has been advised to have a wrist injection which would rule her out of tennis until early June.

Britain’s Robson, 20, has been out since her first-round Australian Open defeat to Kirsten Flipkens and is now in a race against time to get some time on court before the French Open and Wimbledon.

Roland Garros takes place from May 25th to June 8th with Wimbledon then kicking off on June 23rd.

According to the Times respected tennis correspondent Neil Harman, Robson "has been advised that she needs an injection in the wrist, which will require a period of six weeks without competition.

"If the outcome is positive, she could be back on the court by early June; if not, an operation could be the answer, meaning that she would miss the entire summer."

Robson had hoped to return to action next week for the WTA Marrakech event but has been forced to withdraw from that tournament and the Madrid Open in early May.

She is still scheduled to play in the WTA Rome event from May 12 which would give her just one week of clay court action before the French Open.

Robson did climb as high as number 27 in the world last summer, but her persistent wrist problem has seen her drop to number 64.
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I am stunned that they still do not know what's going on with her wrist.

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I am guessing this injection is the Orthokine procedure? I pray to God she doesn't need surgery, although that could be just speculation, since they don't even know she's entered into Strasbourg.

At least if she's ready by June, she can get some match practise at Birmingham and Eastbourne b4 Wimbledon.
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I pray to God she doesn't need surgery,
*praying too*
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From her facebook

I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger. Dr. Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain free before you even have time to miss me Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon.
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The good news is that it is a well renowned clinic. Get well Laura
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Tennis: Gritty Laura Robson to bounce back

‘Super-agent’ Max Eisenbud is confident Briton will make full recovery after undergoing wrist surgery

Wrist problems are among the injuries that tennis players fear the most, but Max Eisenbud, the “super-agent” who welcomed Laura Robson into his stable last summer, is “100 per cent confident” that the Briton will make a full recovery following her decision to have surgery.

The 20-year-old Robson, who has been unable to play for the last three months, is to have an operation on her injured left wrist at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. She will miss both the French Open and Wimbledon and, as a consequence, looks certain to drop outside the world’s top 100, a major blow given that she had climbed to a career-high position at No 27 in the rankings last summer.

Eisenbud, who does not want to speculate on when Robson might return, knows all about helping a player to come back following injury through his work with Maria Sharapova. The Russian, who under Eisenbud’s guidance has become the world’s highest-earning sportswoman, was out for nine months after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2008 and waited four years to win her next Grand Slam title.

“Maria fought back from a really tough injury,” Eisenbud said. “Her injury was a lot more serious than Laura’s, so I don’t think they’re comparable. It’s not easy for any athlete, but Laura’s been pretty good through this. I’ve been impressed. I’ve been through it with Maria and I know it’s not easy.”

Asked if he remained convinced of Robson’s ability to succeed at the top of the game, Eisenbud added: “I’m 100 per cent certain that Laura will be back. This is just a little bump in the road. I’m 100 per cent confident in her ability. I’m not worried one bit.”

Eisenbud added Robson to his elite stable last summer. He also manages Li Na, the Australian Open champion. Like Sharapova, Li has been hugely successful both on and off the court. Eisenbud recruited Carlos Rodriguez, Justine Henin’s former coach, to work with the 32-year-old Chinese, who is up to No 2 in the world rankings.

Robson has made frequent changes to her own coaching personnel since parting company four years ago with Martijn Bok, who guided her through most of her junior career. Eisenbud is hoping that her latest appointment will be a long-term success.

Robson is now working with both Mauricio Hadad, who was helping Sharapova when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and more recently coached Heather Watson, and the fitness coach Mark Wellington, another former member of the Russian’s entourage.

Once Robson is back to fitness she will face a major task trying to rebuild her world ranking. Initially at least she will not be ranked high enough to earn a place directly into the most important events, though she is a big draw for tournaments and is certain to be offered some wild cards. However, the lesser tournaments carry fewer ranking points, which could mean months of hard work at some of the sport’s more remote outposts.

Robson will need to shake off her reputation as a player who performs well at the major competitions but fails to perform consistently well on lesser stages.

Watson will be able to tell Robson how hard it can be. The 21-year-old from Guernsey plummeted down the world rankings after going down with glandular fever last year. From a career-high No 39 in the world 14 months ago, Watson fell out of the world’s top 150. She is back up to No 121, but that is not high enough to earn a place in the main draw of Grand Slam tournaments.

While there should be no shortage of British women players at Wimbledon – six Britons are currently ranked in the world’s top 250, which is usually one of the Lawn Tennis Association’s criteria for wild cards – there could be none at next month’s French Open.

Tennis players are more prone to wrist injuries than most athletes because of the very nature of their sport. Recovery can be unpredictable, as Juan Martin del Potro discovered when he was out for more than a year following wrist surgery in the wake of his 2009 US Open triumph.

Robson’s operation will be carried out by Richard Berger, a specialist who has also been treating Del Potro. Berger operated on Del Potro’s right wrist five years ago and repaired ligament damage in the Argentinian’s left wrist in a second operation last month.
Positive outlook on Laura's future via the Independent (and her agent).

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Positive outlook on Laura's future via the Independent (and her agent).
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Nah, that's on me formatting badly. It's now linked properly.
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Wouldn't expect Max to say anything different, but notice he didn't give a timetable. I suppose anything less than 4 months would be a minor miracle.

Also I saw in the Mail's report on her impending surgery, Mike Dickson gives the impression she had Orthokine (Regenokine) therapy while she was in Germany.

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Laura Robson: 'How I look is not important. How I hit the ball is'

The 20-year-old can't play at Wimbledon, but will be there for the BBC. She talks to Kate Youde about body confidence and her 'monotone' voice

As a top tennis player, Laura Robson surely enjoys the sporting bragging rights in her family. Not so, at least when it comes to trophies.

That honour goes instead to mum, Kathy, a former basketball player. "She does still have the biggest trophy of the family, which is very upsetting," jokes the 20-year-old. "I'm a close second. It's from an under-12s tournament where they just try and give you the biggest trophy possible to make you feel good about yourself."

She does, however, have an Olympic silver medal, won with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles at London 2012.

Plans to add to the trophy cabinet are currently on hold as the left-hander, who lost her British No 1 ranking to Heather Watson last week, recovers from surgery to repair the wrist injury that has kept her out since January. It means missing Wimbledon, the tournament that brought her to the nation's notice six years ago, when she won the junior girls' title. When the competition gets under way a week tomorrow, she will be part of the BBC commentary team.

It wasn't a decision Robson took lightly. For a long time, she didn't watch any tennis or check live scores because it was "too depressing". "I'm definitely going to be very jealous of everyone playing and that's something I had to think about a lot before I agreed to do it, just whether I'd be able to actually sit and watch all these people playing on the court that I would want to be on," she says. "But I think I'm past that, and I'm just happy for the people that are doing well at the moment."

She has work to do before taking to the airwaves, however, after being told she has to be herself "with an extra 15 per cent".

"My voice is apparently quite monotone and so if something's 'fantastic' it's not just 'fantastic', it's 'fan-tas-tic'," she says more slowly and expressively, articulating every syllable.

A fellow commentator is the reigning Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli, who the presenter John Inverdale last year told Radio 5 Live listeners was "never going to be a looker", causing a storm of protest. Bartoli and Inverdale have since commentated together on the French Open for ITV.

Robson is diplomatic when I ask whether she thinks Inverdale should have been sacked over the controversial comment. "I mean, I think everyone says stuff that they don't mean at some point, just not everyone says it on national TV in front of a couple of million people," she says. "But I think really it's Marion's and John's business and if they've put it behind them then I guess everyone [else] can as well."

Not that she has no views on sexism in sport. When we meet on the day of the French Open final – between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep – she has found it "totally unbelievable" that most of the headlines she has seen about Halep concern the breast reduction she had five years ago, rather than how well she has played to reach the final, her first in a Grand Slam. "That's just ridiculous, seeing as it was not just so long ago but it's totally irrelevant to how she's playing," she adds. "I watched her semi-final and you see what she can do with the ball, and I don't see how you can even bring in boobs to the conversation."

We are chatting at the Chiswick Riverside club in London, where, in her role as Virgin Active ambassador, she is judging another final; that of the health club's Search for a Tennis Ace. Developed with the Lawn Tennis Association, the aim is to select two budding stars of the future to nurture in each of the next three years.

Her mother always encouraged Robson to be active, but she is aware body confidence issues stop some girls playing sport because they "don't want to get sweaty" or "mess up their hair".

"You know, sometimes I feel that too – if I play in a super humid country I feel totally gross – but it's just an enjoyable thing to do and, to me, it doesn't matter if you're playing competitively what you look like because it's more important how you're actually hitting the ball," she adds.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1994, Robson moved to Singapore and then the UK at six. It was at that age she first discovered tennis: if she picked up the balls when her parents and elder siblings, Nick and Emily, played doubles, she was allowed to play for 10 minutes. She also watched a lot of sport on television and was inspired by Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman and German tennis ace Steffi Graf. "I think there's so many athletes like that now that young girls can look up to; it's just finding the right person for you," she says.

While coverage of women's sport is overshadowed in volume by men's, Robson says having joint tournaments, so journalists are around for both men's and women's matches, has improved coverage of women's tennis.

A fan of other sports, she started supporting the American football team Carolina Panthers after seeing their player Cam Newton in a Florida gym a few years back. "This is going to sound like such a loser comment but he was warming up and skipping with a 20-kilo skipping rope," she reveals with an embarrassed giggle. "I mean, if you've ever seen someone do that, it's quite impressive… and so that was it for me, I was like, I think I love you!"

This youthful crush, like other enthusiasms, such as her love of hiphop karaoke, serves as a reminder that, despite a maturity gained from being away from home from a young age, she is still only just out of her teens.

She is a role model for many young players, just as she once looked up to Elena Baltacha, the former player who died from liver cancer last month aged 30.

After a deep breath, Robson recalls, "I first met Bally when I was about eight and we practised at the same club. At the time, she was British No 1, so it was such a big deal to just be on the court next to her and I used to stalk her practise sessions."

Robson is wearing a yellow Rally For Bally wristband, in readiness for the exhibition doubles matches being played today at three tournaments in memory of Baltacha, and to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and The Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis. Due to her injury, she will be cheering from the sidelines at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in London. "The plan," she says, "is to be able to play mini-tennis again by the middle of August."

British tennis fans will be hoping it won't be too long until she lifts a trophy to rival her mum's.
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Laura Robson to miss US Open in August with injured wrist

British number two Laura Robson will miss the US Open in August as she continues to recover from a wrist injury.

The 20-year-old, who has already pulled out of Wimbledon, has completed just one match in 2014.

Robson has slipped from 46th in the world rankings to 80th.

"I went through a very, very depressed stage," said Robson, "I didn't go on any tennis websites because I was so jealous of everyone able to play."

Robson told BBC Sport that she is now "past that stage" and will be able to start playing mini tennis with sponge balls in August.

"At the moment it's kind of a day-to-day thing in terms of pain and how the inflammation is going, but rehab seems to be coming along nicely," she said.

The US Open - the final Grand Slam of the year - gets under way on 25 August in New York.

Robson's only full match to date this year was a swift defeat by Kirsten Flipkens at the Australian Open in January, and she is already targeting Melbourne next year on her route back up the rankings.

"I'd still like to be able to play some matches at the end of this year and get some competitive tennis in before Australia," she said.

"I'm basically going to be playing some very small tournaments to try and get my ranking up again."

The former Wimbledon junior champion admitted that such an extended absence from tennis has been hard to cope with.

"I didn't look at the live scores, and I didn't watch any tennis on TV.

"But now I'm kind of past that and I'm looking forward to being able to watch Wimbledon as a spectator for once."

Robson will be working as part of the BBC commentary team at Wimbledon, which begins on 23 June.
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Laura Robson targets Australian Open in January as she recovers from wrist surgery

Laura Robson admits she will have to start her career all over again after she recovers from major wrist surgery.

The Briton's sole match in 2014 was a one-sided defeat to Kirsten Flipkens in the Australian Open in January, as she battled her wrist injury.

Robson will next target the first major of next year in Melbourne after going under the knife in April on her injured left wrist, which she initially damaged in December 2013.

The 20-year-old expects to compete in UK challenger tournaments in a bid for fitness, form and raking points once she completes her protracted recovery.

Robson said she "felt like a child again" in the aftermath of her operation, struggling to dress herself and cut her own food.

Itching to return to action, Robson said she has been reduced to tears, at times frustrated with rehabilitation while her peers train and compete.

"I don't actually know my recovery timescale," said the British No 2.

"The most important thing is not to rush it.

"I kept trying to come back too soon, and that kept making it worse.

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"In a way it's like starting from scratch, starting all over again - but I do have the experience of four or five years behind me which is a big help.

"It's a challenge - I get to play all my favourite challengers in England again.

"It's all part of the recovery process, I'll have a protected ranking, so will be able to choose some tournaments and come up with a smart schedule, and see how it goes.

"You can't go into a slam without having played a fair few matches beforehand; you need to build confidence but also to see how the wrist is going.

"Hopefully by the end of this year I'll be playing some tournaments: as long as I get some matches in I don't really care where I play.

"It is going to be a new start because I'll virtually have no ranking by that point, but I'm looking forward to it, it should be a good experience.

"It was only after the surgery I realised how much I rely on my left hand: I had to have help to cut my food and tie my hair, I felt like a child again."


Robson, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, revealed she shed tears in what has been an emotional time for her.

"It is a bit depressing, because everyone's out there enjoying themselves, hitting the ball hard, competing, while I'm off to move my wrist a centimetre each way.

"There have definitely been tears, especially when I spoke to the surgeon on Skype and I told him I was going to fly out there and 99 per cent sure I was going to do the surgery.

"It hits how long you won't be playing and how useless you're going to be.

"Sometimes I can't do anything and it hits you.

"I had to walk to the National Tennis Centre for six weeks because I wasn't allowed to drive, and that's a 40-minute walk each way.

"It got a bit emotional when you're doing that wishing you could drive."
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The 20-year-old expects to compete in UK challenger tournaments in a bid for fitness, form and raking points once she completes her protracted recovery.
That does suggest she expects to return in September (since, if memory serves, 2 of the 3 remaining UK challengers are in September), but it's probably a mistake to read too much into it.
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^^^ I will be surprised if she plays in September, she will only starts mini tennis in mid August.

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