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Laura Robson says sorry for magazine remarks

Laura Robson
Robson recently broke into the top 300 in the world

Britain's Laura Robson has apologised for comments she made about her fellow players in a recent magazine interview.

The 16-year-old former Wimbledon girls' champion made the disparaging remarks in July's edition of Vogue.

"Firstly, I would just like to say a big sorry to anyone that I may have offended," said Robson.

"I made a totally inappropriate, throwaway comment without considering the consequences. I still have a lot to learn both on and off the court."

Robson, who is regarded as one of British tennis' brightest hopes, was originally quoted in the interview saying: "Some of the tennis girls... 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."

However, Robson, who is expected to be given a wild card entry for the senior draw at this summer's Wimbledon, claims the remarks were taken out of context.

The WTA Tour is confident that Laura has dealt with this properly and that she'll successfully move beyond it. We look forward to seeing her back on the tour

WTA statement

"Clearly I need to be a lot more careful about how silly remarks may come across when taken out of context," admitted Robson.

"I live for tennis, have many good friends in the game and I would never want to do anything that could hurt the reputation of a game I love. I will learn a lot from this and now just want to focus on my tennis."

The Women's Tennis Association welcomed Robson's apology, saying in a statement: "Laura did the right thing by apologising and we're glad she showed the maturity and good judgment to do so.

"She is a 16-year-old girl and this was her first major interview with the press. It's never easy for a 16-year-old girl to answer questions about her private life and the lives of other players.

"The WTA Tour is confident that Laura has dealt with this properly and that she'll successfully move beyond it. We look forward to seeing her back on the tour."



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