While many anticipated a ‘surprise’ Laura Robson comeback at an ITF event in Arizona next week, it appears the former British No. 1 will once again delay her comeback in an attempt to exercise caution.
According to The Telegraph, Robson’s delay is unlikely to be a major setback, but more of a safety decision. She is expected to return to the tour at an ITF level event at some point in March.
The former British No. 1 was forced onto the sidelines in January with a left wrist injury and watched her hard work and ranking deteriorate whilst other competitors rose to prominence over the year. She has not played a match since her first round loss to Kirsten Flipkens in the opening round of the Australian Open.
Robson reached a career-high of No. 27 on the tour and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon Championships, as well as the third rounds of the Australian Open the French Open and the U.S. Open. However, since her absence from the tour, she has dropped from No. 27 to No. 916.
After parting ways with coach Miles Maclagan in the fall of 2013 and having Nick Saviano snatched full time by Bouchard, Robson has been working with coach Mauricio Hadad, and plans to continue working with him for the foreseeable future. He previously worked with Heather Watson and works for Nick Bolletteri in Florida.
Other members of her management team, including Maria Sharapova’s former agent Max Eisenbud, insisted that Robson be cautious about her comeback.