Following the piece on the Belgian duo of Sander/Vliegen is a British youngster, once ranked #10 in the world in the junior rankings, who has cannoned up the ATP rankings over the past few months.
🇬🇧 Cameron Norrie 🇬🇧
Cameron Norrie is all over the map; he was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, grew up representing New Zealand until he defected to Great Britain, who he now represents, due to a lack of funding, and spends most of the year in Fort Worth, Texas where he plays for Texas Christian University (whose mascot, the Texas horned lizard, is no slouch). The 20-year old lefty (who will turn 21 on the 23rd of August) has been outstanding for TCU, where he currently holds a 56-19 (75%) record in singles and a 45-20 (69%) record in doubles in his two years at the school, and this year he’s been able to translate his college success into success on the ATP circuit.
Norrie won his first Futures singles title last October at the USA F29 Futures and this June won two additional titles at the USA F21 and USA F23 Futures in consecutive weeks. Following his success at the Futures level he moved on up to the Challenger level; Norrie made it through qualifying at the Winnipeg Challenger (losing to Pepperdine University alumnus and #220 Alexander Sarkissian in three sets in the first round) and lost in the final round of qualifying at the Binghamton Challenger (losing to University of Michigan's all-time combined career singles and doubles wins leader and #370 Evan King in three sets), both in July.Undeterred by his somewhat underwhelming performances in his previous Challenger outings, Norrie reached his first Challenger final this past week in the Aptos Challenger beating world number #206 Ramkumar Ramanathan from India in the first round, former University of Florida standout and #247 Sekou Bangoura in the second round, Evan King in three sets in the quarterfinals (avenging his loss at Binghamton), and ex-University of Kentucky tennis star and #355 Eric Quigley in three sets in the semifinals. In the final he lost to #66 Dan Evans, who is currently at a career-high ranking (and I’ll soon write about), from Great Britain 6-3, 6-4. After defeating Norrie in the final Evans said, “I think he can go higher than Challenger level for sure. He can definitely be good, but he’s got some choices to make and only he can make those choices. Tennis isn’t a given, but I hope he makes the decision to go and play [pro] tennis. He’s not that far away from Australian Open qualifying and has the rest of the year to get his ranking up. “
Norrie's phenomenal form this year has seen him rise 419 spots from #717 to #298. With TCU beginning their season in mid-September, it remains to be seen what Norrie will do. He has amassed numerous wins over top-300 players and has improved his ranking enough to grant him access to the main draw of almost all Challengers. Whatever he decides to do, he has already proved he has what it takes to make it on the ATP circuit.
- Norrie vs Quigley highlights in Norrie's semifinal win at Aptos
- Norrie vs King highlights in Norrie's quarterfinal win at Aptos
- Norrie vs Bangoura highlights in Norrie's second round win at Aptos
- Norrie vs King highlights in Norrie's loss in the Binghampton qualifiers
- ATP feature article on Norrie
- Cameron Norrie profile story at TCU