Jointly winning a top sports prize might just, you would think, be the thing to forge a great friendship and partnership between two tennis stars. The pair scored a silver medal at last year’s Olympics in the mixed doubles but the relationship has not blossomed.“We don’t play, no,” explains 19-year-old Robson, Britain’s top women’s tennis player.
"She was quite a scary person at first – it was a bit intimidating with her coach and her boyfriend always with her," Robson said.
"But we went on this trip to the mountains, a 10-day kind of character-building exercise, and I guess that was a sort of bonding experience.
However in March this year Robson appointed Mauricio Hadad as her coach.
Previously Bouchard, who has captured the hearts of the Wimbledon crowd in this fortnight, and Robson had appeared inseparable.
"All the British girls know how to speak it," she said.
"When you're in the changing rooms at tournaments, everyone is speaking in their own language, but when you speak in English they can understand it, which is really annoying.As a scratch pairing with such limited experience of playing together, this was a silver medal gained rather than a gold medal lost. Yet for all the excitement at becoming the third youngest tennis player to ever win an Olympic medal, it would be surprising if Robson, in particular, does not wake up on Monday morning wondering what might have been.After playing beautifully in support of a clearly inspired Murray during a first set that was sealed 6-2 in just 30 minutes, Robson showed increasing signs of nerves as the match developed.Robson admitted to feeling a whole mixture of emotions in defeat.“We were so close to a gold medal so I’m just disappointed but to be a silver medallist is pretty cool,” she said. And you can tell him I said that." The choking is not a reference to the world No 4's performances on the court, despite his singles defeat by Tommy Robredo in the Perth final.