Robson situation is 'half-baked'

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 4 2014, 8:30 GMT

Annabel Croft has described Laura Robson's coaching situation as "half-baked" and called for her to "get that sorted out".

Laura Robson: Sharing a coach isn't the way forward, says Croft
Laura Robson: Sharing a coach isn't the way forward, says Croft

The former current British one says her modern-day contemporary needs a coach whose full attention is on her.

During the off-season, Robson announced she would be working with both Nick Saviano and Jesse Witten - the former in a consultancy role and the latter as a travelling hitting partner.

Saviano though is current coach of Robson's close friend and rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard - hence he can't travel with the Briton - and Croft feels that's not a situation the 20-year-old should be in at this stage of her career, one which has seen her slip down the rankings over the past 12 months.

Croft told sportinglife.com : "She's gone with this coach (Saviano) who's with Eugenie Bouchard but he's spending most of his time with her.

"Jesse Witten has come in as a 'travelling partner' but that isn't ideal.

"It seems half-baked to me. She needs to look to get that sorted out."

Robson's start to the new season has been disrupted by a wrist injury which hindered her during the Australian Open where she lost in the first round.

The problem has also forced her to withdraw from the Great Britain team for this week's Fed Cup matches in Budapest. She is expected to return to action later this month when, as ever, the pressure of British expectation will be upon her.

Croft, now working in the media for the likes of Sky Sports and British Eurosport, added: "People are looking for her to go to the next level.

"Her problem has been not picking up points in the smaller events.

"She lost ranking points in Australia, where she made the third round last year, and now she's got to protect a fourth-round run at Wimbledon. If she doesn't, she's going to drop again.

"The good news is she lost last year in round one at the French Open but it's likely she won't be seeded (in Paris) and that makes a huge difference.

"It helps in terms of the draw. Now every time she plays in any event she won't be in them (the seedings) or up against a higher-ranked seeded opponent."


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