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'I don't think so': Eugenie Bouchard confirms end of friendship with Laura Robson

The friendship between Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard and former Britain No.1 Laura Robson is over. At least, according to Bouchard, it is. 

At a press conference ahead of her Wimbledon final, Bouchard was asked if she and Robson were still "good mates".

"No, I don't think so," she said.

But Bouchard would not explain why. "I'm sure you guys can figure out that one. I'll leave it at that."

The friendship between the two goes back many years, reportedly starting when they were nine, when they both attended former tennis player Nick Saviano's academy in Florida.

Though neither Robson nor Bouchard has commented on the reason for the row, it allegedly centres on Saviano.


He continues to work with both players but now primarily works with Bouchard. 

Ahead of the Australian Open, Robson said of the arrangement: "I don't know how it's going to go here.

"Primarily he's going to be with her. I'll chat to him over dinner and stuff.''

Rumours of a split in the friendship have been circulating since last year when Robson stopped following Bouchard on Twitter.

Robson, who has missed Wimbledon this year with a wrist injury, has competed in just one match this year, while Bouchard reached the semi-finals at the French and Australian opens and is now ranked No.13 in the world.

As Bouchard takes Centre Court for the final, against the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, Robson will commentate on the match for BBC radio.