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How Emma Raducanu was discovered by a Driver at 8years old

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How Emma Raducanu was discovered by a Driver at 8years old

Emma Raducanu’s New York miracle represents a transformational moment for tennis in Britain. Or, at least, it should do – as long as the Lawn Tennis Association manages to harness her extraordinary marketability.

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However, there is a beginning to every journey in life.

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No grand-slam nation has come up with a surefire method for success, although the Czech women and Italian men offer a glimpse of what can be achieved. In Britain’s case, meanwhile, Raducanu’s New York miracle has provided posthumous vindication for “Talent ID” – a controversial development pathway established by Draper soon after his appointment in 2006.

Clipboard-wielding coaches tested children as young as eight on various physical and technical metrics, before forwarding the highest-scoring kids into a system of competition based around colored balls. They started on red squishy things the size of a small grapefruit and then worked their way through orange and green before reaching the standard yellow.

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Talent ID was bold and innovative. Other governing bodies around the world sent scouts over to see what the LTA were doing. At the same time, though, it created massive ill-feeling within the British junior game. Junior tennis is always characterised by a fair amount of jealousy and dissatisfaction, such are the often unrealistic expectations that tennis parents have of their children, but this was now compounded by the extra sin of novelty.

How Emma Raducanu was discovered by a Driver at 8years old

Making predictions at the age of eight is a challenging business. One common objection was that the chosen ones. – who received so-called matrix funding based on their ranking and results. – were often natural athletes who lacked competitive fire, and thus consistently lost junior matches to more dogged and driven characters.

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But Talent ID could have been made for Raducanu. She was monstrously good at every aspect of it. Mark Hayden, who now works as the LTA’s National Pathway. Coach for the South East, remembers her performing a fan drill, which requires the child to pick up balls laid out in a pattern around her as quickly as possible.

“Her balance, her change of direction, her foot-speed – it was on a different level,” said Hayden. “Let’s say that the other kids were doing it in 18 seconds. She would take 16 and a half.”

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One coach who worked at Bromley Tennis Centre remembers. Raducanu chewing opponents up with the green ball at the age of eight or nine.

“The green ball is a bit weird because you move up to a full-sized court after orange mini-tennis on a half-court. It plays very dead, like an ordinary ball that has had the stuffing knocked out of it. And that can favor people who play horrible, hacky tennis. Not in Emma’s case, though. She was outstanding because she covered the big court so well. Which most of the young kids couldn’t do.

I was watching her at the US Open thinking. ‘She is such a good front-runner,’ and then I realized that that is what she is used to doing. She has been slaying people from an early age.”

 

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F1 legend makes HUGE claim on Mick Schumacher talent

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F1 legend makes HUGE claim on Mick Schumacher talent

One of Michael Schumacher’s former bosses has claimed that a ditched Formula 1 driver is better than ‘half’ of the current grid.

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Jean Todt was general manager at Ferrari between 1994-2007, winning a remarkable 13 world titles during that spell as the Italian giants became the sport’s dominant force.

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A major reason behind that success was the emergence of Schumacher, who won five consecutive titles under Todt’s stewardship.

After firmly cementing his legacy as an F1 legend, the 55-year-old suffered a severe brain injury following a tragic ski accident shortly after his retirement, and was placed in a medically induced coma.

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He continues to receive treatment at his home in Switzerland, with his family opting not to disclose much information about his condition.

‘Talented’ driver deserves chance to impress

Schumacher’s brother Ralf was also a successful racer in F1, winning six times over an 11-year period in the sport, whilst more recently, his son Mick spent two seasons at Haas before being dropped in 2022.

Big things were expected of the former F2 champion when he broke into the top tier of motorsport, but the 25-year-old endured a miserable time with the American outfit, claiming just 12 points during his time there.

With eight seats currently vacant ahead of the 2025 season, former FIA president Todt believes the ‘talented’ Mercedes reserve driver deserves another opportunity to impress.

“It’s no secret that I love the Schumacher family – and therefore also Mick,” he told Bild.

“I want to see him reach the goal of his dreams and I am convinced that he deserves a cockpit in Formula 1.

“He is a very talented driver who undoubtedly has what it takes for the racing series – otherwise he wouldn’t have won Formula 3 and Formula 2.

“Is he one of the best three or four drivers? I don’t know, but Mick is better than half of the Formula 1 drivers.”

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Hamilton and Mercedes backed as ‘major THREAT’

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Hamilton’s team – Mercedes – have now won back-to-back grands prix, with George Russell having capitalised on Max Verstappen and Lando Norris’ collision to take victory in Austria a week before his team-mate’s home win.

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A hat-trick of victories for the Brackley-based outfit would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago, however, one F1 pundit believes that they have a real chance to do so as the sport heads to Hungary.

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How will Lewis Hamilton do at the Hungarian Grand Prix?

Hamilton has had great success at the Hungarian Grand Prix over the years, winning eight F1 races at the Hungaroring – four more than any other driver – with his first victory coming in 2007 and his latest triumph in 2020.

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With his victory at Silverstone, Hamilton became the driver with the most wins at any single circuit in F1 with nine, and he could match that record were he to be successful again next time out.

Former F1 driver and now pundit Jolyon Palmer pointed out Hamilton’s Hungary record recently, making an exciting claim for fans of the seven-time champion.

“Amazingly we’ve now had six winners from 12 races, showing how competitive this season has become,” Palmer wrote on F1 Unlocked after the British Grand Prix.

“Hamilton has always thrived at Silverstone, but he’s always been brilliant in Budapest as well – where he took his last pole position in Formula 1.

“So, I’d expect him and Mercedes to be a major threat again next time out.”

As well as it being a strong circuit for Hamilton, the seven-time champion’s car could also be even more competitive in terms of pace by the time it hits the track for FP1 on Friday – that’s according to team boss Toto Wolff.

Upgrades have put Mercedes back in contention for podiums and victories and the team plans on bringing further updates to their cars for both the Hungarian GP and the subsequent Belgian Grand Prix, Wolff has explained.

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Kyle Larson Firmly Trashes Rumors of a Budding Fight With Chase Elliott

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Despite missing out on starting the 2024 Coca-Cola 600, Kyle Larson currently leads the standings with 671 points. Interestingly, Chase Elliott sits just 11 points below him, in second place, and remains a strong contender to win the regular season championship. While Larson has enjoyed three wins, Elliott has relied on consistency and a single-race win this campaign to fight for the title.

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Amazingly, the #9 driver is yet to have a DNF this season. While it certainly puts his last year’s misery behind, there’s still loads to compete for. Last month at New Hampshire, Elliott gave an idea of how things have been at Hendrick Motorsports since both he and Larson remain title contenders for the regular season.

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Back then, as reported by NASCAR.com, he said, “Kyle and I raced for a championship a couple of times. I can say with a lot of confidence that our meetings have never changed. How everyone talks or the things that are discussed or the information that is uploaded into our internal servers. As far as setups and things of that nature, it’s all very straightforward. It’s all an open book and what you take and do with that from there is up to you.”

As Elliott denied any internal conflict or mystery due to the fierce competition, even Kyle Larson spoke on similar lines. Ahead of the race at the Pocono Raceway, Larson spoke to the media. When NASCAR journalist Bharat Aggarwal asked the #5 driver about the mood in the HMS camp, he denied the presence of any negativity. Larson said, “Yeah, to me, I mean it hasn’t affected anything negatively.”

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In fact, the 2021 Cup Champion pinpointed the positive aspects during the exclusive interview with EssentiallySports. He said, “You know, I think if anything, it’s been all positive this year, because you know, our teams always push ahead for the greater of the organization. So you have two teams in the top two in the standings, I think has everybody pressure-wise pushing even more. So yeah, it’s good.”

Not only that, Larson spoke highly of his teammates doing well. Firstly, he acknowledged how Elliott has done well in this campaign. He said, “It’s been great to see Chase with the speed. He’s so consistent. However, he accepted how the #9 team remains a threat in the title race using 6 words, “You can never count them out.” Additionally, Larson also took into consideration how well Alex Bowman and William Byron have done.He said, “Alex [Bowman], obviously with the win last week but then he’s been really strong. William [Byron] has been so fast but had a lot of bad luck here lately. So yeah, they’ll be good.” Not only did Larson sing praises for his teammates, but he assertively acknowledged the positive mood in the HMS camp. He said, “Hendrick Motorsports is in a great spot right now. And all the teams always work really well together.”

It is good to hear Larson speak positively about the harmony at Hendrick Motorsports. Having said that, it is interesting to see how both Larson and Elliott go about their business on the track. With only six races left, it remains to be seen who triumphs among them or is there going to be a different winner altogether? Well, only time can answer that question.

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