Contrition never comes easy for a 16 year-old girl, particularly one who is about to have the nation’s spotlight focused on her at Wimbledon as the next great British tennis hope. However Laura Robson has categorically apologised for the ill-advised and derogatory comments she made about fellow players on the WTA Tour in a recent interview with Vogue Magazine. A day after Andrew Walker, the WTA Tour’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications demanded to see a transcript of the interview to see if Robson’s comments were taken out of context, the former Wimbledon junior champion released a statement through her management company Octagon which basically said nobody else was to blame but herself.
"Firstly, I would just like to say a big sorry to anyone that I may have offended," said Robson who is expected to be handed a wild card into the main draw of Wimbledon’s women’s singles later this month, so put her in direct confrontation with players she inadvisably referred to as ‘sluts’.
"I made a totally inappropriate, throwaway comment without considering the consequences. I still have a lot to learn both on and off the court."
Questions must be asked of Octagon and the players actual agent Abigail Tordoff over why an interview with a ‘non-tennis’ publication was deemed appropriate so close to such an important time and why copy approval was not sought for a client so young and inexperienced.
Robson continued in her statement: "Clearly I need to be a lot more careful about how silly remarks may come across when taken out of context.
"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 WTA Tour immediately took note of Robson’s statement and welcomed her apology. "Laura did the right thing by apologizing and we're glad she showed the maturity and good judgment to do so,” said a statement.
"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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