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Laura Robson

Jo Durie: Laura Robson needs to work her butt off

   

Jo Durie, a former world number four, has told The Tennis Space that Laura Robson “has realised she needs to work extremely hard” if she is to fufil her potential. “I don’t care how much talent you have – to succeed at tennis, like in any other sport, you have to work your butt off.”

“At the moment, there’s too much of a gap between her good game and her bad game. There’s plenty for her to work on. She can hit too many double-faults, and there are times when she doesn’t try to stay in the rally, but instead tries to hit winners. A lot of coaches will say that Laura has the potential to be a top-20 player, but a lot will depend on how much work she puts in. She spent a week practising with Caroline Wozniacki and I think she was surprised by how hard Caroline was working. I don’t care how much talent you have – to succeed at tennis, like in any other sport, you have to work your butt off.

“Just look at Maria Sharapova, who worked her butt off to win the French Open, a tournament that’s not played on a surface which comes naturally to her. Laura’s had a great summer, winning a silver medal with Andy Murray in the Olympic mixed doubles, but I think she’s realising that she’s going to have to work extremely hard if she’s going to realise her potential. If she can get a good draw, and win a round at the US Open, that would be great for her as at her level the points you get for winning one round are so valuable.” 

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