Laura Robson takes inspiration from darts

 

Laura Robson is taking inspiration from an unlikely source as she prepares to play her part in Britain's Fed Cup campaign in Israel this week - darts.

The 18-year-old and Fed Cup captain Judy Murray are both big fans of the sport and Robson believes darts and tennis are not as different as they may appear.

"I always watch darts on TV," she said. "I don't have a favourite player, I just like watching. I know this sounds a bit mean but I like watching when they choke. It sounds horrible but it just makes it that more exciting.

"I find it amazing the amount of pressure they're under to make exactly the right shot at the right time. You can see that they start to shake sometimes. Hopefully we don't do that when we're playing. I try not to anyway. You can learn a lot from a darts player."

Tennis is renowned as one of the most mentally demanding sports, and it is an area Robson is keen to improve on, the teenager saying: "I think it is something that comes with experience.

"You get better at it over the years. I know I've had some horrible matches in the last few years when I've been leading and then lost it and then struggled to regain my concentration. But it's definitely something that's improving. You can always get better at it."

Robson is part of a four-strong Fed Cup team named by Murray for her first outing in the competition in this week's Europe/Africa Zone Group I matches in Eilat.

Experienced top-100 players Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong will be supported by teenagers Heather Watson and Robson as Britain take on Portugal, Holland and Israel over the next three days, with the possibility of a promotion play-off on Saturday if they win their group.

Tucked in Robson's luggage along with racquets and tennis gear was a dartboard, but the teenager admitted her talents on the oche do not match those on the court.

She added: "I'm terrible, really, really quite shocking, but I like watching it and hopefully this week I can improve on it. I've never hit a 180."

The role is a new venture for Murray, who was previously head coach for Scotland and has worked mostly with male players in the past, including scouting out opponents for son Andy, the world number four.

As captain, Murray will be courtside offering support and advice to her players, and she is optimistic it will be a position that plays to her strengths.

She said: "The last thing I'm sure they all want is me prattling on to them, filling their head with too many things. You just need to be very specific and give them reassurance and confidence.

"I have absolutely no idea how good I'm going to be but I am good at analysing matches. I do read tennis well and I'll rely on the girls to tell me how they'd like feedback."

PA

Property
pets
Arts and Entertainment
tvGame of Thrones season 5 ep 4, review - WARNING: contains major spoiliers!
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Sport
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
News
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Sport
football
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
News
news
News
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living