This is Laura Robson. She's my new bestie. Let's sidestep the fact that it's completely ridiculous and creepy for a 32 year-old to refer to a 16 year-old a "bestie". I don't like it when facts get in the way of my story.
With Sam winning on Sunday, I obviously stuck around a couple of extra days. So I was able to see Robbie's second round juniors match. It was fun, primarily because I was reminded of the stress of watching a loved one play when I spotted Mama Robson's carefully selected seating location:
I used to do the exact same thing at my sister's gymnastics meets. It must be love.
Anyway, Laura won. It was great seeing her on Grandstand because of the speed gun. I had no idea the kid could pop her serves in the 105-110mph range. Not bad for a 16 year old, no? Also, apparently Laura's up to 5'11'' now and she's still growing. As Maz pointed out, Andy better watch out. Laura's going to be able to put him in a headlock next time they play Hopman Cup. The kid wants her diamonds. You've failed her once. Don't fail her again.
After the match we caught up, you know, like besties do. I gave her the thumbs-up on the match and she asked me if I was going to see Sam. "Laura. Please." "Of course you're going to see Sam." Nice to know the kid TOTALLY READS FORTY DEUCE. Don't even try and front, Robbie.
After that it was off to see a bit of Genie Bouchard's doubles match. Genie is a promising junior out of Canada and according to Laura, the one who told her about FD and gave her the head's up that I'd be around on qualifying weekend. (Editor's note: LIAR!!!) So I figured I check out the match and at least say hello. It was a fun match to watch, with Genie's partner, Gabriela Dobrowski, knocking off a couple trick shots at the end.
After the match I introduced myself, told Genie that Laura had sent me over, and Genie denied that she was the one that sent Laura a link to the site. A summary of the Twitter conversation that ensued:
Laura: I'm so excited for you to meet @geniebouchard. BFFs for sure.
Me: So much pressure. Quite unfair of you, Robbie. I feel like I have to do a stand-up routine or something.
Laura: Just talk about Twilight. Done deal.
Me. Well now I'm courtside and quite sad that I don't have my Team Edward sign on me. The one day I don't pack it...
Me: Connection made. New besties. And @geniebouchard told me the truth. You, my friend, are a liar ;)
Genie: Haha! @laurarobson5 busted!
Genie: And @fortydeucetwits, Laura comes before me? I see how it is.
Me: Only because @laurarobson5 lied to me and threw you under the bus. The truth will set you free, Robbie...
Laura: God well this is awkward now. Thanks @geniebouchard. I don't think I can be part of this BFF trio anymore. #itisover
So there you go. Unfortunately both Laura and Genie lost in their next matches. So I consider my absence a jinx. It's my fault, ladies. I should have stuck around. I've learned my lesson and I apologize that you got caught in the collateral damage.