World of Sport

Who is Heather Watson’s unexpected childhood hero?

You would have expected rising British tennis player Heather Watson to perhaps name Steffi Graf or Serena Williams as the sport stars she admired when she was growing up, but you would never guess who is her surprise choice. We couldn't.

While fellow Brit and former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman opted for a more traditional name in multiple Grand Slam winner Bjorn Borg, Watson admired someone from a sport a million miles away from running around a sweat-drenched tennis court.

See if you can guess who it is before they unveil a cardboard statue one minute five seconds into the video.

Heather Watson is the official ambassador for Statoil's Heroes of Tomorrow Initiative, which sponsors young talented people across sport, culture and education. The investment by Statoil, Norway's leading energy company, to British Tennis includes its sponsorship of the Masters Tennis Tournament at the Royal Albert Hall and its funding of leading grassroots tennis charity Give It Your Max (GIYM). GIYM pays for qualified tennis coaches to teach tennis to children aged between 5-10 years old in the state sector.


Picture: Alasdair Russell, Henman Communications