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Laura Robson pulls out of French Open & Wimbledon

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Robson withdraws from Fed Cup tie. (©GettyImages)
Robson withdraws from Fed Cup tie. (©GettyImages).

Laura Robson has confirmed that she will not be taking part at the French Open or Wimbledon later this year, as she will be recovering from surgery on her left wrist.

The British number one picked up the injury while practicing in the off-season at the back end of 2013, and she has not played since losing to Kirsten Flipkens in the first round at the Australian Open in January.

It was announced via her Facebook page that the 20-year-old would be missing both Grand Slam events to have surgery in America.

She wrote: “I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo Clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger.

“Dr. Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain free before you even have time to miss me. Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon.”

Dr. Richard Berger has been involved with surgery for tennis players before, notably with wrist injuries suffered by Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro that have forced him to pull out of the ATP tour until further notice.

Robson’s wrist has troubled her for over a year, and her time out of the game injured has seen her world ranking slip to 64, having been ranked at 27 after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013.

Having been scheduled to play in tournaments in Marrakesh and Monaco later this month, it has been decided that attending to the injury to improve her chances of being fit later in the year should take priority.

It has been a turbulent time for Robson since she became the first British woman to reach the top 30 of the world rankings since Jo Durie in 1987, as she parted company with coach Miles Maclagan after just four months and has struggled to produce her best tennis since Wimbledon last year.

She had already been feeling the effects of the wrist injury at the back end of 2013, and she lost in the third round at the US Open to Li Na, an opponent she had beaten the previous year on the way to reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Her 2014 season is yet to get off the ground, as she retired from her first round match against Yanina Wickmayer at the Hobart International before losing in straight sets to Flipkens in the opening Grand Slam of the year.

While Robson would not have expected to reach the latter stages at Roland Garros, where she is yet to win a match in two attempts, but she has a stronger affiliation with Wimbledon, having become junior champion in 2008 and becoming the first British female to reach the fourth round there since Sam Smith in 1998.

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