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Old 12th Sep 2021, 17:18
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Well I am a little surprised that nobody has mentioned this, but there was an outstanding game of women’s tennis played last night in NYK and a Brit won for once, and did it with style and convincingly. As there are a number of people who go on about UK sporting achievements or lack thereof and what ifs ie America Cup Wins (GT) ; European Football etc. I thought when we did win something it would have got a mention. I do not like tennis, as I had a tennis playing Dad, so maybe got put off at an early age, but fully appreciate the win that young girl achieved. The lack of response by anybody I hope does not hide some closet issues about her heritage as was suggested on the BBC website. It was good that the Queen recognised the achievement, but a little quiet from Boris who normally basks in any reflected glory. Anyway congratulations to her.

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Yup, watched it and I was mega impressed
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She got kudos from a few F1 drivers on the F1 pre-show.
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Yes, I watched the match before the grand Prix (it's still available on Amazon prime in the UK) this morning. Very impressive - in fact they both were and the match could easily have gone either way, but she still deserved the win. I wonder how much of her $2.5m prize will be needed to cover the cost of her flight home (after she cancelled the one she originally booked for two weeks ago!!).

Huge congrats and serious respect. I gather she's had a personal note of congrats from the little old lady who lives in that public-sector housing near Horse guards...

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Old 12th Sep 2021, 18:52
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She got kudos from a few F1 drivers on the F1 pre-show
As a keen F1 fan her favourite driver apparently is Danny Riccardo, who having had a late night after watching the match went on to win the Italian GP.

As well as her obvious tennis skill, I was equally impressed how in the aftermath of the win she gave such a gracious and eloquent response. she will doubtless be a great role model for the sport and a potential winner for the Sports Personality of the Year, having more personality than some of the previous winners.
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Old 12th Sep 2021, 19:01
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As a Sports Person well done etc but she is NOT British. ...might have a GB Passport but was not born in the UK
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Under current regs she wouldn't be allowed in.
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Old 12th Sep 2021, 19:20
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She's got A's in Economics and Maths, but is going to play sports. Hope she knows what she is doing. I don't much care for tennis, but well done to her for getting through the qualifiers, the subsequent rounds, and all without dropping a set.
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Old 12th Sep 2021, 19:30
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As a Sports Person well done etc but she is NOT British. ...might have a GB Passport but was not born in the UK
Eh?

Her parents moved from Canada to the UK when she was two. She has lived her entire life in the UK. She has just won the US Open at eighteen and got a letter from the Queen.

What else does she have to do to be British 🤣🤣
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Old 12th Sep 2021, 19:35
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Originally Posted by Torquetalk View Post
Eh?

Her parents moved from Canada to the UK when she was two. She has lived her entire life in the UK. She has just won the US Open at eighteen and got a letter from the Queen.

What else does she have to do to be British 🤣🤣
She's a darn sight more British than Greg Rudzeski who didn't even sound British.

I am not a tennis fan, but well done Emma!
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I would have thought that with " Global Britain" we would have been grabbing anything we could get to outweigh our diminished status post Brexit.
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She comes across as very mature for her age and is personable and courteous. At this stage she's still wonderfully humble, but who knows if that will dissipate due to the fan worship she will be receiving in the next year.

As a Sports Person well done etc but she is NOT British. ...might have a GB Passport but was not born in the UK
She's lived in the UK since she was 2 years old, so I'd say that she could be considered British to most standards. She probably doesn't even remember being in Canada as a toddler. I have had my issues with athletes becoming 'British' so as to compete, rather than a love or commitment to the UK and it's way of life (whatever that is anymore!).

Chris Froome (TdF cyclist etc) as a great example, born in Kenya, lived his whole life there and in South Africa, but by dint of his father and mother's parents got a UK passport and was gratefully accepted for the UK team due to his amazing talent. He has never lived in the UK and has arguably never been British in the true sense. He's lived in Monaco for some years and while this is all fine, there was never any attempt to live and breath and integrate into the country he so wanted to represent. There are other example in various sports, so not picking on Froome other than he came to mind first.

Ms Raducanu has lived, grown up, been educated in, celebrated life in the UK for almost all of her life and fully deserves to be British.
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A very impressive performance from one so young. As mentioned earlier, achieved with poise, elegance and a credit to Great Britain. Another success so soon after the GB Paralympics medals.
Others may follow in our wake.
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Originally Posted by Effluent Man View Post
I would have thought that with " Global Britain" we would have been grabbing anything we could get to outweigh our diminished status post Brexit.
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Obviously only a citizen of the UK to some people on here judging by some responses on here.

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Originally Posted by Mr Mac View Post
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Obviously only a citizen of the UK to some people on here judging by some responses on here.

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I do wonder if those people also complain about “foreigners moving ‘ere and not integrating, innit?”
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I think we need to declare her a "National Treasure" if only to stop her moving back to Canada!
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Given the amount of money she will now make a more likely move would be Monaco. I will be very impressed if she stays and pays the tax.
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Sorry, I thought this was a Jane Austen thread......
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I thought when we did win something it would have got a mention
Lots of excitement, apparently, and very well done, but with no involvement, I wouldn't wish to claim any plaudits,
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