Hamilton thanked for inspiring British tennis star
Lewis Hamilton has been hailed as “a role model” and “a really cool guy” for playing a key role in helping British tennis star Emma Raducanu stay humble and grounded.
Raducanu made history and made headlines around the world in September when she won the US Open, becoming the first British female Grand Slam champion in 44 years.
The 19-year-old revealed that she received an inspiring message from seven-time F1 champion Hamilton following her remaining success.
“[He] says’ Be patient, just ride the wave. It’s perfect. Don’t worry, ”said Raducanu, who is a renowned F1 fan and practiced karting and motocross when she was younger.
Speaking to British media after her first home game on Sunday since her remarkable Grand Slam triumph, she added: “Good confidence.
“He’s been such a good role model for me in terms of helping me through the next steps.”
Raducanu could still face Hamilton for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in December if he wins a record-breaking eighth F1 title.
Dismissing such a prospect, she said: “No, definitely not. I support Lewis in the race.
“I don’t even think about it. For me, it’s something that is so far beyond the realm of the possible.”