Tennis star Raducanu reveals key advice she received from Hamilton
US Open winner Emma Raducanu spoke of the wise advice she received from defending Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, whom she described as a “role model” after winning an exhibition match on Sunday in London.
Nineteen-year-old tennis star Raducanu made history by winning the 2021 US Open – his first-ever major tournament title – after being ranked 150th in the world. She and Hamilton attended the prestigious Met Gala soon after, and the British player revealed the advice she received from the seven-time champion on living in the limelight.
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“I met [Hamilton] in person at the Met Gala and we had a really great conversation there, and since then I admire him, follow him and support him… but it’s cool – every time we meet it’s really cool.
He said, ‘Be patient, you know, you just have to ride the wave. Everything is fine, don’t worry ”- good comfort. He’s a really cool guy… [He’s] been such a good role model for me in terms of helping me through the next steps, ”she said.
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Raducanu is also said to be among the favorites to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in his home country, with the award going to Hamilton in 2020 as he also received the knight title. But she ignored her chances of winning the award.
“I don’t even think about it. For me, it’s something that is so far beyond the realm of possibility … No, definitely not. I support Lewis in the race. [for Sports Personality]”said Raducanu.
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While Hamilton may have appreciated the compliment, his thoughts will now turn to this weekend, when he looks to prevent Max Verstappen from winning his first title in the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“It’s been one hell of a year so being at this point in the season and having back-to-back wins is a great feeling,” said Hamilton. “We still have some work to do, but we love such a close battle and the challenge it brings.”
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