Former junior Wimbledon champion and Olympic silver medalist Laura Robson retires from tennis after struggling to return from her hip surgery
- Laura Robson has officially announced she is retiring from tennis at the age of 28
- Robson won the junior Wimbledon competition at 14 and an Olympic silver at 18
- The former British no.1 decided to retire after struggling to return from surgery
Laura Robson – who won junior Wimbledon at 14 and an Olympic silver medal at 18 – has retired from tennis.
Speaking to BBC Sport about her decision to retire from the sport, Robson said: ‘I went through every possibility of rehab and of surgery.
‘I had another hip surgery and probably did the best rehab block of my life – I went to all the best specialists and had some incredible people that I was working with just to get me back on court – and then the second time I hit, I just knew.
‘It feels weird to say out loud, but I’m done, I’m retired.
‘I’ve sort of known that for a while because of what I was told by the doctors last year, but I think it just took me so long to say it to myself, which is why it took me so long to say it officially.’
She went on to add: ‘I think I’m always going to have the feeling that I could have done more, unfortunately. I feel like if I had just had another year or two of being healthy, I don’t know what I could have achieved.
‘But I’m really proud of the Olympics, of playing Fed Cup – playing for your country in any way was always one of my favourite weeks of the year – and I think playing Wimbledon and the US Open the time that I did well, I will have those memories forever.’
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Laura Robson – who won junior Wimbledon at 14 – has officially retired from tennis