Is Laura Robson the future of British ladies tennis?
Saturday 31st January 2009
She may just have turned 15 but Laura Robson is taking the ladies junior tennis circuit by storm, reaching her second junior grand slam final in the Australian open. This is a girl who many had not heard of until last year when she won her first grand slam juniors final but those in the sport have high hopes for the youngster who was grown in confidence and experience, tournament by tournament.
While Andy Murray continues to attract the attention of the tennis mass media, those who know Laura Robson and her parents have confirmed that being pushed into the tennis limelight has had no impact whatsoever on their attitude or outlook to the tennis world, as they remain very grounded in the early stages of her career. Robson is the result of substantial investment in the UK junior tennis system which is starting to pay serious dividends for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).
The ongoing success of Laura Robson has already attract the attention of major advertising companies and it is very likely that she will have signed a number of substantial marketing agreements before her next outing which will be Wimbledon. There has already been significant interest in Miss Robson in the betting industry where a number of substantial gambles have emerged for her to become the U.K.'s first women Wimbledon's champion for decades - after she has left the junior competition and moved to the main circuit.