Tennis prodigy Laura Robson is not one to hold back her opinion. Known around the tennis world as a “gossip queen,” the 16-year-old Brit recently lived up to her nickname when she gave the following quote to Vogue magazine:
“Some of the tennis girls, they’re sluts. They go with every guy and make such a bad name for themselves – and you don’t want to be known for stuff like that. You want to be more discreet.”
The Australian-born British tennis phenom claimed that while the other players were out raising hell, she was always tucked away in bed at 10 p.m. and hated wild nights. Further, she made sure that the magazine knew that she did not drink or smoke either. Rather, she went to bed early after full days of training at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris.
"My coach knows I'm sensible. I don't like the taste of alcohol and I hate smoke. Some go to nightclubs, but I'm not interested. Yes, there are moments when you speak to your old friends, and they're all going out to parties every weekend, and I'm stuck in Paris boring my brains out."
Yesterday, via her Twitter account, Robson tried to dispute the alleged comments:
"Really enjoyed the photoshoot and looking forward to seeing the full piece, shame some quotes were taken out of context today though."
As a result of Robson’s comments, the World Tennis Association (WTA) has decided to launch an investigation. Reportedly, they want to first verify the context of the comments, then check their validity.
“We are aware of Laura Robson’s reported comments to Vogue UK along with her statement that the comments were taken out of context” said WTA Tour spokesman Andrew Walker. “We understand that an actual transcript of her remarks exists and we will review it carefully as we receive it.”
Retired English tennis star Tim Henman came out and defended the Australian prodigy.
“I haven't read the article but I've obviously heard about it," the former British No. 1 tennis star said. "It's a steep learning curve. She's young, she's probably said something that she didn't mean to say and she'll learn from it.”
Robson is expected to be given a wild card into Wimbledon in three weeks. After winning the girls’ Wimbleddon title as a 14 year old in 2008, she has been considered Britain’s most exciting prospect.
"I was a million miles away from Wimbledon at Laura's age," Henman said. "I think that's where it's harder for the girls, because they do mature so much younger and they're thrown into that spotlight so early. But the most important thing is she keeps developing as a player and a person and, if she does that, she can have a lot of bigger and better results in the future and she'll be a big asset to the game in this country. She's got massive potential to be a really, really great player."
Robson has been described by many as the future of British tennis. She has won the junior girls’ tennis Wimbeldon title in 2008 and finished second to Karolina Pliskova in this year’s Australian Open girls’ final.
There is reportedly slim to no chance that the 16-year-old Robson will be punished for her comments, according to sources close to the WTA.