Tennis: Raducanu thanks the “model” Hamilton for his support


US Open champion Emma Raducanu thanked Lewis Hamilton for his guidance and support since her thrilling first Grand Slam victory in September, describing the seven-time Formula One world champion as his role model.

Speaking after her straight set victory https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/raducanu-dazzles-crowd-royal-albert-hall-homecoming-2021-11-28 over Elena-Gabriela Ruse during at an exhibit at Sunday in London, Raducanu said Hamilton was a “really cool guy”.

Raducanu took part in karting and motocross competitions as a child and is a big fan of Formula 1.

“(Hamilton) said,” Be patient, you just have to ride the wave. Everything is fine. Don’t worry. “Good comfort. He has been such a good role model for me in terms of helping me through the next steps,” Raducanu told British media.

The 19-year-old also shrugged off the idea of ​​beating Hamilton for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award next month

“No, definitely not. I support Lewis in the race,” she said.

“I don’t even think about it. For me, it’s something that is so far beyond the realm of the possible.”

Raducanu, who is preparing for the 2022 season by doing intense five-hour daily workouts, also spoke about his personal goals.

“For me, my expectations of myself are to keep improving, I want to look back at the end of the year and see that I have made gains in different areas. I know it will take a lot of patience. to get to where I want to go. to be, ”she said.

Sunday’s game was Raducanu’s first at home since her incredible triumph at the US Open, when she entered the tournament as a 150th-ranked qualifier in the world and finished it as the first British female champion to win the tournament. Grand Slam for 44 years.

(Report by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, edited by Ed Osmond)


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