Speaking after her own win at the exhibition event at the Champions Tennis Royal Albert Hall, Emma Raducanu revealed that Lewis Hamilton has been a good role model for her in recent months. The 19-year-old British tennis player, who defeated Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 7-6 in the match, also highlighted her goals for next season, revealing that she plans to gain muscle mass.
At the end of the match, Raducanu was asked if she feels the favorite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The young tennis player replied that she does not consider herself the favorite, but that she sees Hamilton as best suited to win the prize.
The US Open champion, author of an absolute feat, winning the American slam from qualified to 18 years and 10 months, plans to train in the Middle East during the Christmas period in order to better prepare for the upcoming Australian Open 2022.
"My expectations for myself are just to keep improving. I want to look back at the end of the year and see that I have made progress in all kinds of areas," said Raducanu, intent on continuing her growth path. The British tennis player has also revealed that she has the goal of strengthening herself physically, in order to weigh down her shots.
For Raducanu, the 2022 season will be her first full Tour, having made her first appearance in a match on the WTA Tour in June this year on the grass-court in Nottingham. "It will be my first calendar year on the WTA Tour, so it will be a great experience to play a full program.
I can't wait to learn. I'm still quite young, so I'll learn and improve," she said. The number 19 in the ranking, making her first home appearance after winning the US Open, thanked the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall: "It was incredible to play at home in front of everyone.
I've felt it from the moment I arrived. There was an incredible atmosphere and I really enjoyed playing here."
Uncle Toni updates on Rafael Nadal's condition
Toni Nadal attended an event in Portugal in recent days, during which he was asked to provide some updates on the conditions of his nephew Rafael Nadal.
The well-known journalist José Morgado shared the information on Twitter: "Today Toni Nadal was in Portugal. He said that Rafael Nadal is training well and that he should reach 100% of form in time for the Australian Open."
In a recent conversation with former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, the Majorcan spoke of his future: "All athletes have problems throughout their careers. Professional sport requires enormous physical and mental effort.
I hope I can recover and be ready for the start of next season. Of course I have some doubts, but I know the process well. I've been in this situation many times, so I know what to do." Rafael Nadal played the misery of seven official tournaments in 2021 due to a chronic foot injury.
The former world number 1 has won two titles (Barcelona and Rome), but has not managed to win the 14th Roland Garros of his extraordinary career. Not being in top condition, the Spanish phenomenon had to surrender to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Paris.
The foot problem forced the 35-year-old Majorcan to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. The Iberian tried a timid return to the hard court in Washington, but the pain was too great to be able to play the last Grand Slam of the season.
A few days later, Rafa announced his decision to close his 2021 early. Nadal has already resumed training and will be back on the pitch at the Abu Dhabi show next month. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has already confirmed his presence at the Australian Open 2022, where he hopes to repeat the triumph he achieved in 2009.
The presence of his eternal rival Novak Djokovic in Australia is still uncertain, as vaccination will be required to cross the gates of Melbourne Park.