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At the 2012 US Open , Jo qualified and lost in the 2nd round. Laura was the upcoming star and at the time appeared to be sending Kim Clisters into retirement and beating Li Na. . Probably just as well, that nobody could have predicted that 8 years on,Kim would still be in the main draw, Jo would still be competing and Laura would be commentating and commenting on Jo's coaching arrangements. It's like it's gone upside down somewhere. Back in 2013 Jo made her Fed Cup debut in doubles with Laura.They both played in the singles v. Argentina. Definitely closer as people in those days.
 

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Probably not much outside of the Fed Cup weeks before Robson’s injury
It would have been the case simply because Laura was playing on the main tour throughout 2012 and 2013 whereas Jo was mostly on the ITF tour and probably only competed together at Wimbledon and the grass court tournaments.

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I think Jo was being very diplomatic. She's had a fair few coaches so I hope that this one works out well for her.
 

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Thanks.

So down to insider analysis of personalities.

From an outsider perspective, it didn't seem weird at all - there are only so many top level coaches free at any time, and obviously Sharapova's retirement had freed up one of them.

So far they are having a good week.
 

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I think Jo was being very diplomatic. She's had a fair few coaches so I hope that this one works out well for her.
Yeah, I think she tried to be diplomatic, but it also comes across basically like Jo is saying Laura doesn't know what she's talking about. 😅

I don't know even I'm overreading into things (probably :LOL:) but I remember a recent interview with Sue Barker during "Wimbledon" things looked a bit tense between Heather and Jo. I mean obviously they had to keep a distance but they didn't really seem to acknowledge each other or interact much... Hmm...

Maybe Jo just doesn't feel like she wants to be part of the Britsh tennis clique. It doesn't seem like cliques would be her thing. She seems to generally have a lot of respect though, particuarly from the younger players.
 

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Yeah, I think she tried to be diplomatic, but it also comes across basically like Jo is saying Laura doesn't know what she's talking about. 😅

I don't know even I'm overreading into things (probably :LOL:) but I remember a recent interview with Sue Barker during "Wimbledon" things looked a bit tense between Heather and Jo. I mean obviously they had to keep a distance but they didn't really seem to acknowledge each other or interact much... Hmm...

Maybe Jo just doesn't feel like she wants to be part of the Britsh tennis clique. It doesn't seem like cliques would be her thing. She seems to generally have a lot of respect though, particuarly from the younger players.
I seem to recall her saying in an interview when Fissette was her coach that she didn't have dinner with her team or socialise with them. I think she isn't a very social touchy/feely type of person. Her personality comes over as being the total opposite of Heather's. If I had a choice of meeting either I would choose Heather every time. I think she would fun to talk to but I think the conversation with Jo would be a bit stilted and you would soon run out of things to talk about.
 

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In the Daily Mail 29th August ,Mike Dickson writes "In fact there is no history of animosity between Konta and Watson-the latter has always been generous about the former's achievements-so there will not be a personal edge when they meet." I thought they might have met in the Battle of the Brits team event but it was just put back for a little while.
 

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I seem to recall her saying in an interview when Fissette was her coach that she didn't have dinner with her team or socialise with them. I think she isn't a very social touchy/feely type of person. Her personality comes over as being the total opposite of Heather's. If I had a choice of meeting either I would choose Heather every time. I think she would fun to talk to but I think the conversation with Jo would be a bit stilted and you would soon run out of things to talk about.
I was trying to find some earlier Fed Cup videos, cos swear I do remember Jo mucking in with the girls, including Laura, like playing games etc. I found these....









TBh, Jo looks like a pretty fun and lively person. I do like her sense of humour too. Doesn't look like her and Laura were particularly close even back then, but they could get on still. I'm guessing it's just that there is a bit of cliqueness in the Brits.. Jo was originally playing for Australia, so maybe she just never built the same kind of relationship as say Heather and Laura have for example. To be honest, I owuld liek to meet Jo, I could probably just spend hours talking about her dog. 😅 😅 😅
 

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I was trying to find some earlier Fed Cup videos, cos swear I do remember Jo mucking in with the girls, including Laura, like playing games etc. I found these....









TBh, Jo looks like a pretty fun and lively person. I do like her sense of humour too. Doesn't look like her and Laura were particularly close even back then, but they could get on still. I'm guessing it's just that there is a bit of cliqueness in the Brits.. Jo was originally playing for Australia, so maybe she just never built the same kind of relationship as say Heather and Laura have for example. To be honest, I owuld liek to meet Jo, I could probably just spend hours talking about her dog. 😅 😅 😅
That was seven years ago though, poor Bally was still alive.
 

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Jo and Laura played on the same Fed Cup team more recently than 2013. They were part of the 2017 qualifying team under Anne Keothavong. I think Laura played doubles with her friend Katie Boulter.
 
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