Laura Robson’s plans for a comeback to competitive tennis has been put on hold, with the 21-year-old now set to return just before the French Open.
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Robson has not played since the 2014 Australian Open due to a major wrist injury and will undergo six more weeks of rehabilitation in London and Florida, according to The Times.
The youngster’s manager, Max Eisenbud, said they did not want to risk Robson’s fitness again by rushing her back prematurely.
“I’m happy with the way it’s been going and Laura has been hitting the ball great in practice, but it’s a question of waiting until the coaches think she can play five matches in a week,” Eisenbud is quoted as saying by The Times.
“It’s all about when she is ready to compete. We don’t want to put her in a situation where she can’t play a full tournament.”
He added: “Laura is still young with a lot of time ahead. It’s not about the wrist any more. It’s simply about general fitness . . . I am confident Laura will soon be back to her best, but we are just being very careful.”
Robson tweeted a photo of herself doing a handstand, in what is likely to be a deliberate attempt to end speculation over her injury prone wrist.
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) March 26, 2015
Incredibly, Robson has had eight different coaches since 2010.
She became the first British woman since Samantha Smith to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam, having done so at the 2012 US Open and in 2013 at Wimbledon.