Olympic24: Robson to miss French Open, Pavey skipping Worlds

Olympic24: Robson to miss French Open, Pavey skipping Worlds

06 May 2015 / 07:50

Former British number one Laura Robson will be absent from this month's French Open, while long distance runner Jo Pavey to side step this summer's Worlds as she chases Rio success. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Laura Robson's 16-month injury lay-off set to continue after she confirms she will not play at Roland Garros
  • Family reasons and long term planning behind Pavey's decision to sit out this summer's Athletics World Championships
  • Large British contingent set for this week's EUROSAF Garda Trentino Olympic Week
  • Olympic qualification period up and running for Britain's badminton players
  • Sir Dave Brailsford backs Ben Swift to bounce back strongly from latest injury set back

Robson's tennis comeback delayed

Laura Robson will not contest this month's French Open as she continues her recovery from a wrist injury.

The former British number one has not played since the 2014 Australian Open while she had surgery on her wrist 13 months ago.

Winner of mixed doubles silver at London 2012, the 21-year-old has seen her ranking tumble in that time, although she could have used her protective ranking to gain entry to Roland Garros.

However that idea has been shevled, with Robson said to be considering the possibility of returning in one of the British grass-court events before Wimbledon.

Pavey opts out of this summer's World Championships 

European 10,000m gold medallist Jo Pavey has revealed she is going to sit out this summer’s World Championships with the 2016 Rio Olympics in mind.

Pavey, 41, turned back the clocks last year as she won 5,000m bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before going on to claim the 10,000m title at the European Championships.

But a combination of family life, and long term planning for Rio, sees her opt out of August’s World Championships in Beijing.

"If I were to compete in Beijing and Rio it would mean three summers in a row with lengthy periods focused on championship running,” she said.

"I feel this is not a good balance for my kids so I am going to stay at home. I am also aware I need to look after myself if I want to qualify for Rio."

British sailors set for Lake Garda challenge

Great Britain will aim to pick up where they left off when the second leg of the 2015 EUROSAF Champions Cup on Lake Garda gets underway today.

British sailors picked up seven medals at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma in April and they have sent another strong team out to Italy for the EUROSAF Garda Trentino Olympic Week, which runs from May 6-10.

That includes Nick Thompson, winner of silver at the recent World Cup in Hyeres, in the Laser fleet and 49erFX pair Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth.

Austin under no illusions when it comes to Rio badminton hopes 

With this Monday seeing the start of the badminton Olympic qualification period, performance director of the Great Britain World Class Badminton Performance Programme Jon Austin insists the players are well equipped for the challenge ahead.

The Badminton World Federation ranking list of 5 May 2016 will be used to allocate qualifying places, with 38 on offer in each singles event and 16 places in the three doubles’ events.

Mixed doubles pairing Chris and Gabby Adcock are Britain’s highest hope although the likes of Rajiv Ouseph has also stood out in the singles competition this season.

"It is an incredibly difficult qualification when you look across the criteria of many of the other sports,” said Austin.

“But the positives around that is that anyone who qualifies has an opportunity to medal.

"It has been about positioning our players as best we can for the commencement of the Olympic qualification.”

Brailsford tips injured Swift to stay strong

Ben Swift has the mental strength to bounce back strongly from his latest injury set back according to Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

Swift had been one of the pre-race favourites for last weekend's inaugural Tour de Yorkshire but was forced to abandon the race on stage one with an injured shoulder.

He will undergo sugery on Wednesday - the third time the British rider has been forced to go under the knife after twice having surgery following a dislocation in 2012.

"He heals quickly, he does know how to do rehab and if anybody can recover, he will,"  said Brailsford.

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