With Laura Robson she said after Wimbledon she wasn't going to have the US Open on her schedule because of restictions on tournaments she could play at that time. I wondered and have thought ever since why an earth the US Open would be dropped from her schedule because of restrictions Because of age restrictions brought in by the WTA Tour and designed to prevent burn-out in teenage prodigies, such as that suffered by the likes of Andrea Jaeger, Tracy Austin and Jennifer Capriati, Robson will not take part in the U.S. Open juniors later this summer because she will have used up her quota of tournaments as a 14-year-old.
(dont ask me what's the quota for her, please! )
She has no reason to view that situation as anything but a sensible precaution. Instead, next January's Australian Open is likely be the springboard for a full-frontal assault on the junior game.
I'm not sure if she will play all her tennis on the Junior tour from now on, as she is now in her 2nd event on the WTA tour (albeit on the bottom rung) and has won 4 matches, lost just 1, including beating a top-350 player. Would it be better for her to improve her tennis at this level, get used to the feel on the tour, and slowly get her ranking up, rather than stay in juniors for too long? Tennis, and British Tennis in particular, is littered with 'prodigies' who stayed in Juniors till they were ineligible, did very well, but never properly made the adjustment to the Seniors, whereas the most succesful ones are usually playing main tour events from 16, 17, especially in women's tennis.