SONY OPEN TENNIS
'Robmond' Bridge Generation Gap
by Matt Fitzgerald|
On January 21, 1994, future WTA star Laura Robson was born. Eight weeks later, future Career Grand Slam holder Lisa Raymond made her debut at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami.
Flash forward to March 26, 2013 and the two find themselves in the semifinals of the WTA Premier Mandatory event at Crandon Park… together. The partnership came about when Raymond’s partner, Samantha Stosur, was forced out of action with a calf injury.
The two stand at different ends of the professional tennis career spectrum, but have clicked on the court thanks in part to making the most of each other’s strengths and striking a harmony with their personalities. The American/British pair has defeated three caliber teams, including fourth seeds and recent Indian Wells champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 7-5 in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
Following their win over the Russians, SonyOpenTennis.com caught up with team ‘Robmond’ for this feature off-court Q&A…
Interestingly, you both won Olympic mixed doubles medals in London, but didn’t face each other. Did you have any interaction during the victory ceremony?
Raymond: We saw each other plenty in the locker room, before matches. It’s funny. Laura is actually on my screensaver, because I have a great picture of all six of us…
Robson: That’s creepy…
Raymond: Shut up! (Laughter). It’s of our backs when we’re getting the medals and it has all the people where the Royal Box is. So I see Laura every day (laughter).
Robson: From afar.
Raymond: Haha yes, from afar.
Given your generation gap, what would you expect to find on your partner's iPod?
Robson: Hang on… we have the same taste in music. Sometimes I prefer recent stuff, but I also like the 80s. We were both singing ‘Time After Time’ in the locker room today.
Raymond: I was very impressed.
If you two go all the way here in Miami, have you thought of what your victory celebration would entail or would it be created spontaneously?
Raymond: Why do I feel like you would be more spontaneous? I would definitely be a planner, knowing me, but that’s just being old.
Robson: I would choke with the wave to the crowd thing.
Raymond: Like today?
Robson: Yeah. At the Olympics, Andy [Murray] forced me out there. So it’s better that you don’t do that.
Laura, do you have plans to make another YouTube video? Perhaps you can get Lisa to make a cameo in your next production?
Robson: Lisa’s got moves and I would love to get them on camera.
Raymond: Let’s do it!
Robson: But we need a decent dance/song before we make one. A couple people have been asking me to do Harlem Shake, but I feel like that’s a bit done.
Robson: Exactly. I feel like I can only make one a year too, because you don’t want to overdo it.
You both are Twitter users but don’t follow each other. Will that change soon?
Robson: I have to follow you today.
Raymond: You better.
Robson: He just said you don’t follow me either!
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