Former British No. 1 retires from tennis at 28
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 17256
Former world no. 27 Laura Robson decided to retire from tennis at 28 after ongoing injuries. Laura claimed the Olympic Games silver medal in the mixed doubles alongside Andy Murray at home in London 2012, and she is also the junior Wimbledon winner, claiming the title at 14!
Robson reached the Wimbledon and the US Open fourth round before injuries plagued her progress and ruined her potentially great career. One of the finest ball-strikers of her generation had wrist surgery in 2014 and three more hip operations in recent years.
Laura trained ahead of the 2021 season, but she experienced another setback and underwent her third hip surgery in January. The Briton could not even think about the comeback at that point, and she decided to call it a career 15 months later.
Born in Melbourne, Robson had the opportunity to travel the world with her parents as a kid and make her first tennis steps in Singapore. She stayed in love with the sport once they moved to Great Britain, and she conquered the junior Wimbledon crown at 14 in 2008.
Laura also made an impressive professional debut, winning the first title in November that year! Laura cracked the top-30 in 2013, standing as the youngster to watch in the previous two years and improving her game regularly.
Laura Robson ended her career at 28.
Instead of moving forward, she suffered a left wrist injury that sidelined her from the court between January 2014 and Eastbourne 2015, struggling to deliver the desired return and barely winning any matches that year.
Laura could not reach her old form in the next couple of seasons and return to the top-100, undergoing hip surgery in July 2018 and staying away from the court until February next year. With no improvements, Laura competed at only three events in 2019 and closed the season in April.
She opted for another hip surgery at the end of the year and skipped the entire 2020. Robson trained ahead of 2021 before experiencing another injury that led to a surgery that ended her career. "I went through every possibility of rehab and surgery.
I had another hip surgery and probably did the best rehab block of my life. I went to all the best specialists and had some incredible people I was working with to get me back on the court. And then the second time I hit, I just knew.
It feels weird to say out loud, but I'm done; I'm retired. I have known that for a while because of what I was told by the doctors last year. I think it took me so long to say it to myself, and that's why it took me so long to say it officially.
I think I'm always going to feel that I could have done more, unfortunately. If I had just another year or two of being healthy, I do not know what I could have achieved. But I'm really proud of the Olympics and playing the Fed Cup.
Competing for your country in any way was always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Playing at a high level at Wimbledon and the US Open made me proud, and I will have those memories forever. Still, if I keep looking back and thinking 'what if,' then I will never move forward," Laura Robson said.