Q&A with Laura Robson

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You’ve recently become female British number 1 – how does that feel, especially with Wimbledon fast approaching?

It’s really exciting to be British number 1 and Wimbledon is my favourite tournament because of the amazing home support. I’m also hoping to be seeded this year, which is something I’ve been working really hard towards.

Are you doing any particular training ahead of Wimbledon and the grass court season?

Training for Wimbledon is a bit different due to the on court movements on grass, especially after being on clay, which is virtually the opposite experience. It takes a couple of days to get used to it.

What do you do to stay fit off the court?

I do a lot of gym work, a mix of cardio, strength and flexibility. I also have to do rehab for any injuries and niggles I may have but for fun, I like to do Pilates and I really want to try AntiGravity Yoga at Virgin Active 200 Aldersgate with my friends.

Do you have any favourite songs / bands to work out to?

At the minute, my favourite song to work out to is Rudimental – More Than Anything featuring Emeli Sande. It’s got a great up-tempo beat that is great for running

What’s been your personal highlight over the past year?

My personal highlight of the past year was definitely playing at the Olympics and I’m already looking forward to Rio.

Who inspired you to get into tennis?

I was inspired to get into tennis by watching Steffi Graf, she has always been my idol. I was lucky enough to meet her last year and hopefully I’ll be able to hit with her in the near future, although I think she’d probably kill me but I’d still love it.

What advice would you give to children in the Junior Tennis Academy at Virgin Active that aspire to get to your level?

Make sure you enjoy your time on the court as tennis is such a fun sport. At Virgin Active, the Junior Tennis Academy is great for children to not only enjoy tennis but also learn basic skills from a young age.

How old were you when you first realised your talent for tennis?

I first noticed my skill for tennis when I started beating my older brother in family tennis tournaments, which was clearly a very traumatic experience for him losing to his little sister!

You spend a lot of time touring all over the world, how do you keep yourself busy away from tennis?

To keep myself busy I try to go site seeing. I never used to be able to find time but in the last year I’ve started early morning training sessions, so I have an hour or two in the evening. Just last week I was playing in Rome and I went to see Coliseum, The Vatican and Altare della Patria.

You’re building up quite the fan base online with your viral videos, especially Gangnam Style, have you got any plans for a new video?

I don’t have plans at the moment, but it depends on what songs are around and what other players I can get involved. When I approached Maria Sharpova to get involved with Gangnam Style, we were in Beijing and she had quite an easy game, so during the second set I waited for her to come in the locker room and I caught her straight off court – she had no idea what it even was!

Venus & Serena Williams are known to be into their fashion, if you weren’t a tennis player, what would be your dream job?

In the past I always said a chef but I keep changing my mind. A stylist would be quite cool, or even a music producer.

If you could play against one celebrity, who would it be?

It would have to be Ryan Gosling – he looks like he would be a great tennis player.

What’s your favourite sport outside of tennis?

I’m a general sports fan, I watch a lot of golf on TV and recently spent a lot of time in playing tournaments in America and got really into Basketball. I support the Chicago Bulls because Luol Deng (british basketball player) plays for them who I met at the Olympics last year.

Do you think you could beat Sir Richard Branson in a one on one?

I think Sir Richard would definitely beat me; he’s got some very good technical abilities and can hit the ball quite hard. He’s invited me out to his tournament in Necker this year!

Who would be your dream doubles partner, male or female?

It would have to be someone good at doubles. Probably Martina Navratilova and then we would win everything!