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“Massive Inspiration”: Andy Murray’s Mother Believes Emma Raducanu Will Stimulate Grassroots Tennis Across Great Britain



Ever since winning her maiden slam title at the US Open, Emma Raducanu has been receiving immense praise and applause from former players, coaches, and critics. The teenage prodigy, who shot to fame with her incredible run at the Wimbledon Championships, managed to get past the qualifiers undefeated and didn’t lose a set in her title run.


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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Brit had to face some competition from top- tier stars like Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari. But, Raducanu didn’t flinch as she dominated these players to reach the finals.

Against yet another prodigy from Canada, it felt as if the Brit would falter at one point or the other in the final. But, it was Leylah Fernandez who was overwhelmed by the hugeness of the event as she allowed Raducanu to dictate points from the baseline throughout the final.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada (L)and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (R) pose at the net prior to their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Judy Murray believes Emma Raducanu will inspire more youngsters to pick up the racquet across Britain
As she reached home following a huge victory for Great Britain, the media was singing Raducanu’s praise all over as it took the youngster some time to soak up the magnitude of her victory.

The latest to praise Emma Raducanu for her outstanding achievement was Andy Murray‘s mother, Judith Mary Murray. The Scottish tennis coach was asked by the BBC on her opinion regarding Raducanu’s success at the US Open.

‘We have to take advantage of the massive opportunity @EmmaRaducanu’s success has brought…’

Speaking at the launch of the Battle of the Brits community programme in Aberdeen, @JudyMurray speaks about growing the number of children playing tennis in Scotland 🎾

— BBC Sport Scotland (@BBCSportScot) September 21, 2021

“It was an incredible success. It really came out of nowhere and it will provide a massive inspiration, I think, for grassroots tennis to grow, and especially for girl’s tennis, to have a teen role model, it couldn’t be better for getting more girls involved in playing the game”, said Judy.

Judy Murray was in Aberdeen as part of the launch of a community program for Battle of the Brits, an annual event that is scheduled to take place between December 21 and December 22 this year.

“Take advantage of the massive opportunity”- Judy on promoting grassroots tennis in Scotland
This time around, it will be a battle of Scotland vs England as Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, and Cameron Norrie will take on England’s Dan Evans and Joe Salisbury. Last year’s event was a success but it was played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions.

But, fans will be allowed to enter for this year’s event and Judy Murray was at the Aberdeen tennis center to conduct workshops in order to promote tennis. She also pointed out the need to utilize Emma’s success to make tennis more popular across Scotland.

“We have to take advantage of the massive opportunity that Emma’s success and her profile and the excitement has brought. Therefore, events like this where you take your sport into the communities and you let people try it, you make it easy, you make it doable, and hopefully we get many, many more kids playing tennis across Scotland”, concluded Judy.

What Emma Raducanu did at the US Open was certainly inspirational as it could create a positive trigger in the minds of millions of teenage girls across the world that they can reach for the stars if they are perseverant in every match day in and day out.

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‘I’m done with losing’: Anthony Joshua opens up on his pain after Oleksandr Usyk defeat



Anthony Joshua has opened up on his shock loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month that saw him relinquish his heavyweight titles, saying he is “done with f…..g losing” and will exact swift revenge in their rematch next year.

In a wide-ranging interview with iFL TV, the former heavyweight champion also discussed his trainer situation as he looks to win back his IBF, WBA and WBO belts from the Ukrainian at the first time of asking.

Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) was thoroughly outboxed by Usyk as the unbeaten Ukrainian (19-0, 13 KOs) earned a unanimous points victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London to end Joshua’s brief second reign.

Joshua had suffered his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 before winning back his titles in an immediate sequel in Saudi Arabia six months later.

The 32-year-old is confident that he will do the same against Usyk after getting his tactics wrong in their first encounter and hit back at critics who suggested he was too happy to lose.

“Because you don’t hear from me, I may not be effing and blinding on Insta stories and stuff like that, it doesn’t mean that I stomach losses,” Joshua said.

“I was on the next plane to the States, spoke to all my team. We’ve had some awkward conversations in the camp … It hurts bro. It hurts. Especially when you’ve got a winner’s mentality.

“I know from experience and track record, my mindset and my evaluation of losses and how I use them, it can catapult me to the next level.”

When asked why tried to outbox a technical fighter like Usyk rather than using his size and strength advantages to bully the much smaller man, Joshua initially sought to justify his baffling strategy, saying he was trying to conserve energy.

“When I looked at the other fight [Tyson Fury’s KO of Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight] a couple of weeks later you saw that after two rounds, three rounds, the energy was depleted, Joshua told iFL TV.

“It’s not what I thought was the right way of boxing. So I started working on different elements of my boxing – trying to learn how to slip shots, roll shots a bit better, etcetera.

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The deposed champion is preparing for his Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua has denied splitting with trainer Rob McCracken but says he is looking for additional input ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost to the Ukrainian former cruiserweight in September but immediately exercised his rematch clause which should see the pair face one another for a second time in 2022.

The 31-year-old Briton was well beaten by Usyk in a technical match-up with many believing the former champion was wrong not to use his size and strength advantage.

Since the defeat Joshua has toured gyms in Texas and California, and he told IFL TV what his plans were.

Speaking of retaining McCracken, he said: “Yeah, and he has to speak to the people I may want to work with and see if he can work with them.

“I had the same conversation with Rob, ‘I want to work with you, but I also want to work with this guy for six months’.

“Rob might tell me, ‘You know what champ, this ain’t working for me. For the next six months, you do your thing and come and see me after.’

“It’s mature conversations. My life, my health is on the line.”

Joshua explained who he had seen on his visit.

“I need to go and get some new teachings from guys that have trained – Robert Garcia trained 13, 14 world champions,” he said.

“They’ve got so many generations of teachings.

“Virgil Hunter trained Andre Ward, a phenomenal fighter.

“I wanted to go around and be in an environment of fighters.

“Eddy Reynoso, ‘No boxing, no life.’ I love that saying. Canelo is obviously a phenomenal fighter.

“I watched him spar 12 rounds, asked certain questions.

“Ronnie Shields, another African American coach who has worked with the greats.”

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Tearful Serena Williams aids fight against cancer with heartbreaking call to action



In tears, Serena Williams shared a heartbreaking video call-to-action to support her friend Esther Lee, a DPT who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, in promoting a challenge event meant to raise funds for battling cancer everywhere.

In the video, Serena Williams can be seen failing to keep her tears under control since the message involves a dear friend of hers. “I don’t think I can do this. This is going to be too hard for me,” Williams says in the video as her voice drowns in tears.

“My dear friend Esther has been a huge part of my own health journey and now she needs our help as she battles pancreatic cancer. Join me in helping patients like Esther by registering for the LA Cancer Challenge 5K Walk/Run on October 31.

With both in-person and virtual events, everyone can participate,” Serena Williams captioned the video.

How to help Serena and Esther in the battle against cancer
If you want to help researchers find a cure for cancer or aid people in battling the disease, you can register for the LA Cancer Challenge event, which “helps the Hirshberg Foundation raise money to fund research and programs designed to improve patient care, offer better treatment options and, ultimately find a cure for pancreatic cancer,” according to Serena Williams.

The tennis icon also said that you can “join me, in-person or virtually, for a day of costumes and fun, remembering those we have lost and celebrating those who are currently battling this disease. Together, regardless of where we are, we can make a huge difference in the battle against pancreatic cancer”.

On Williams’s official donation page on, you have the option to donate or join Serena’s or Esther’s teams. At the moment, there are over $5000 raised. The goal is around $15000.

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