2016 Aegon Open

Robson adds Nottingham to Wimbledon warm-up

Laura Robson, whose comeback on the grass court at Devonshire saw the former British #1 ridiculed for her dismal display, is set to play at Nottingham.

The grass court event is a prelude to both Eastbourne’s Aegon International and The Championships at SW19.


Robson: Looking good for Eastbourne with a warm-up entry at Nottingham Aegon Open

Robson will join the current crop of successful Brits – Naomi Broady, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson – in the main draw of the tournament that runs from 4-12 June.


Heather Watson joins Laura Robson, Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta representing the current cream of the Brits

Her form this season has not been great but the 22-year-old is battling away to try to rise up the world rankings in time for the Olympics in August.

But to succeed at Nottingham she will have to seriously up her game and match fitness, especially as former Eastbourne champion Caroline Wozniacki will be in the draw at Nottingham.

Robson was thrashed at Eastbourne last season, brushed aside by Australian Daria Gavrilova in the 1st Round of Qualifying following a 17-month layoff because of wrist injuries.

But Robson remains buoyant and said:

‎”I really enjoy this time of year as I’m able to play in front of a home crowd.

“Preparing well on grass is key ahead of Wimbledon, and British fans always create such a great atmosphere.”

The Australian-born ace won Junior Wimbledon and finished runner-up with Scot Andy Murray in the London 2012 Mixed Doubles tournament at SW19, when the British fans went crazy to support her.

However, her flat performance at Eastbourne saw her eliminated with ease and the fans were stunned into silence by her poor‎ display.

Although the exact line-up for the 2016 Aegon International has yet to be announced, it’s highly probable that Robson will request a wildcard entry.

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