Okay, we all know that Andy Murray’s winning a major next year. Duh. But a different British tennis player caught my eye today – 14-year-old Laura Robson. Remember her? The precocious Junior Wimbledon champ who showed her good taste in men by announcing that Marat Safin would be her dream date to the Champions Ball? Well, she had her WTA debut today at the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg, and she took the No. 42 player in the world, Iveta Benesova, to three sets. Not bad.
It’s suddenly an embarrassment of riches for British tennis fans – now they have two young talents to obsess and despair over. Just look at what the Guardian had to say: “Shortly after making history as the youngest Briton to play on the main WTA tour, Laura Robson settled into the more familiar role of an English tennis player by departing in the first round. . .”
Laura, get ready for the media hazing!
But critics take note – Laura’s staying on in Luxembourg to play doubles and to further observe the training and preparations of the pros. She has the makings of a serious player – and a serious talent. Journalists, on you marks!