Raducanu thanks ‘role model’ Hamilton for his support

Nov 29 (Reuters) – US Open champion Emma Raducanu has thanked Lewis Hamilton for his guidance and support since his thrilling maiden Grand Slam victory in September, describing the seven-time Formula 1 world champion as her role model .

Speaking after his straight-sets win over Elena-Gabriela Ruse at an exhibition in London on Sunday, Raducanu said Hamilton was “a really cool guy”.

Raducanu competed in karting and motocross events as a child and is a huge Formula 1 fan.

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

The 19-year-old has also shrugged off the idea of ​​beating Hamilton for the BBC’s 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’s so out of the realm of possibility.”

Raducanu, who is preparing for the 2022 season by undergoing intense daily five-hour training sessions, 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 progress in different areas. I know it will take a lot patience to get where I want to be,” she says.

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

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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Rebecca R. Santistevan