Greek Tennis Sensation Reveals Her Idol Worship of Lewis Hamilton

Published 01/18/2022, 3:58 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates finishing second in the race with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Lewis Hamilton is one of the most popular athletes in the world. He has an enormous fan base that travels across the globe to see him drive and compete. His success has also enamored athletes from other sports and they often talk about their admiration for the 7-time world champion.

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Recently, the Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari stated that the Mercedes driver is her favorite F1 driver. She also revealed that the season finale in Abu Dhabi left her upset as she was cheering for Lewis.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Ostrava Open – CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic – September 26, 2021, Greece’s Maria Sakkari reacts during her final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/David W Cerny

” My favorite F1 driver… who doesn’t like Lewis Hamilton? I was very sad with what happened at the end of the season but I know he’s gonna bounce back,” said Maria Sakkari.

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Lewis Hamilton gives sage advice to Emma Raducanu

As reported by Formula1.com, Sakkari isn’t the only tennis player who admires Lewis. The new US Open champion and tennis sensation Emma Raducanu stated she got some good advice from Hamilton at the Met Gala 2021.

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“I met [Hamilton] in person at the Met Gala and we had a really good conversation there, and since then I’ve been looking up to him, following him, and supporting him… but it’s cool–whenever we meet, it’s really cool,” said Emma.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference after finishing the Mexico City Grand Prix in second place FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“He said: ‘Be patient, you know, you’ve just got to ride the wave. It’s all good, don’t worry–good reassurance. He’s a really cool guy… [He’s] been such a good role model for me in terms of helping me out through the next stages,” she said.

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It is great to see the 7-time world champion helping and inspiring young athletes from other sports. Hopefully, we will see both Maria Sakkari and Emma Raducanu in the F1 paddock, cheering for the superstar.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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