EXCLUSIVE – Laura Robson: I want to earn a place back on the Fed Cup team
Laura Robson has told Tennis365 that she wants to be part of Great Britain’s Fed Cup team when they play in the World Group of the competition year.
After a 26-year wait for a home tie, the success of Keothavong’s side in their Fed Cup play-off match in Bath in February and then their triumph against Kazakstan fuels a hope that a boom in women’s tennis is imminent in Britain.
While Robson had to be content with a seat in the BT Sport commentary team as Anne Keothavong’s side secured a return to the top tier of the Fed Cup with a thrilling 3-1 victory against Kazakstan at London’s Copper Box Arena on Sunday, the former world No.27 has told us that she is desperate to revive her form after a succession of injuries in recent years.
“Even though I have had a great time working with the fantastic BT Sport team, I desperately want to be back on the Fed Cup team rather than in the commentary box,” the 2012 London Olympics silver medalist told us.
“It has been great to see the team doing so well and I have found it hard to contain my excitement at times because I want them to succeed so much. Winning two matches and getting back into the World Group is a massive boost and I want to give myself every chance to start winning matches against consistency and get in the team if possible.
“It has been such an exciting few months for the Fed Cup team. We have waited so long for a home tie in the competition and we could see what a difference it made in Bath and now in London,” she added. “Having a home crowd behind us makes such a big difference and you could see that our team raised their game as a result.
“To have a big arena like London’s Copper Box sold out with 5,000 people cheering on the team shows that there is a big appetite there to support women’s tennis in this country if we can give fans something to cheer about.”
Robson’s ranking has slipped to No.828 after a series of wrist and hip problems in recent years, with her run to the fourth round of the main draw at the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 now something of a distant memory.
Despite her persistent setbacks, the 25-year-old remains committed to trying to plot a route back to the top of the game and has picked up some wins in lower ranking events as she attempts to rebuild her game and her self belief in court.
“I feel like I have made some progress in recent weeks, even though I feel very old when I wake up after matches these days,” she added, with a smile. “I am aching in places that never used to hurt, but that’s just part of what playing a long match can do to you.
“When you haven’t been on court for a while, you forget how much you put your body through and it has been nice to win some matches and it was hard to come through some of the rehab periods and keep motivation high, but I want to give this every possible chance.
“You worry you are going to be terrible when you return after such a long time dealing with injuries, but I feel like I am getting there now and it is so nice to be back out playing again.”
BT Sport is the home of women’s tennis, bringing you action from across the world on the WTA Tour and Fed Cup. For more information visit bt.com/sport.
More from Tennis365:
Andy Murray not teaming up with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles
Murray will play singles at the All England Club for the first time since 2017.
From Simona Halep to Coco Gauff – The contenders for the women’s Wimbledon title
Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon will look very different this year – here is what to expect
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the men’s and women’s finals.
From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer – Contenders for the men’s Wimbledon title
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon is ‘very odd’ home away from home for British hopeful Johanna Konta
Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws for this year’s Championships.
Five big talking points ahead of Wimbledon’s return after a two-year break
The championships are back after the 2020 break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ons Jabeur creates a slice of tennis history with a win in the LTA Viking Classic
Ons Jabeur earned herself a place in the history books with her 7-5 6-4 win over Daria Kasatkina in the LTA Viking Classic final.
Shock result in Halle Open final as Andrey Rublev is beaten
Ugo Humbert stunned world number seven Andrey Rublev in straight sets to lift the Halle Open title.
Coco Gauff looks ahead to a return to the scene of her greatest triumphs
The American’s career took off in 2019 when she made it to the fourth round at SW19.
Matteo Berrettini ends hopes of a new British winner at Queen’s Club
Norrie, 25, was attempting to become only the second Brit to win at Queen’s, after Andy Murray, since the Second World War.