In one of the most stunning performances ever by a British athlete, teenager Emma Raducanu won the US Open tennis championship on 11 September. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.
Emma Raducanu’s US Open triumph was a truly remarkable achievement. But do we, as a nation, get too carried away with ‘our’ sporting successes? Surely, we should admire equally all those who rise to the very top in their chosen field, regardless of their nationality? Or is it just pure, simple joy in home-grown success? In any case, having someone to cheer on makes watching sport more enjoyable – where’s the harm in it? What do you think?
Imagine you are Emma Raducanu on the night before the US Open tennis final. Write a diary entry, outlining your hopes and fears for the next day, including how it will change your life if you actually win.
Create a poster for your local tennis club, promoting its facilities and hinting at the possibility of following in Emma Raducanu’s footsteps.
Who were the last 5 British players, male or female, to win one of the four “Grand Slam” tennis tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon)? Write a brief fact file for each.
Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.
What is The Week Junior?
The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.
To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.