Cameron Norrie ’embraces and appreciates’ being Britain’s favorite Wimbledon hopeful | Tennis | sport


And today the British tennis ace will step onto Court One hoping to reach the Wimbledon semi-final for the first time.

He revealed that when he was “20, 21”, while studying in Texas, he crashed his moped trying to get to his then-girlfriend after a night out.

But after focusing on his tennis and seemingly ignoring a rock and roll lifestyle sometimes enjoyed by the sport’s biggest stars, Norrie will be in his first Grand Slam quarter-final and told fans he could go further in the tournament.

Cameron said last night, “I was hanging out more than I probably should have, like a typical student there at TCU, having a lot of fun.”

“After that the coaches really turned me on and I was definitely more professional after that.”

“I grew a lot after that. From then on, I was like, okay, I want to play tennis and commit to it and do this.”

“It was more than a turning point.”

“At the end of the day, it was a positive thing and it definitely kicked me into high gear.”

Despite his humble and unassuming ways, the British number one has revealed he “accepts and enjoys” being the nation’s biggest hope at the Championships.

He added: “I think my game has improved a lot. I enjoy the challenge of taking on challenges level by level,” he said.

“I want to keep pushing for more.”

Cameron, the world number 12, will face unranked Belgian David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals – where they will likely face defending champion Novak Djokovic.

In an exciting message to fans, he said his best is yet to come.

Norrie said: “I’m definitely a little calmer in big games.

“I was quite nervous in my first round match against Andujar and then I was down two sets to one against Munar.”

“I think I played my two best matches in the third and fourth rounds. It’s good to do like that.”

The British number one was born in South Africa to a father from Glasgow and a Welsh mother.

He grew up in New Zealand but moved to London and obtained British citizenship at 17 to pursue his tennis career before going to university in the United States. It supports Newcastle United, Fulham and Rangers football clubs.

Norrie, whose nickname is “Nozza”, urged viewers to embrace the chant. “Norrie, Norrie, Norrie, Oi! Oh! Oi!”

And the tennis ace said he loved having his parents David and Helen, his girlfriend Louise Jacobi, 23, and friends from around the world by his side during his matches.

He said: “Having my parents here more just to hang out and hang out with my sister, has been great.”

“I feel really good in London.”

“It’s good for tennis. It’s a good base and I really enjoy spending time here.”

“I now have a good group of friends in London and enjoy training at the National Tennis Centre, helping out all the young Brits as well.”

Her sister, who lives in London, was among her relatives watching on the pitch, along with her former landlady and friends from university days.

“A woman I lived with in Texas, her name is Linda, she always comes to a few tournaments and it was cool to have her too.”

“There were also a few friends, some college guys, who happen to be in London. They definitely came across the right one.

His parents, microbiologists David and Helen, were a driving force in his life and watched him with pride as they shared his best moments at the All England Club.”

The couple still live in New Zealand and have been following their son in European clay and grass tournaments since he flew to Rome in May.

But as his date with fate approached, Norrie revealed he didn’t take his rise to the top of the tennis world by buying cars.

“Every other day I ride my bike. On the day I don’t play, I have too many things to do on other days. I was doing the same thing at Queen’s.”

“I always cycle at NTC. I don’t even have a car.”

“I’m not a real cyclist, but I have a small single-speed bike that makes it difficult with hills. It’s a bit hilly. Honestly, I haven’t been recognized for riding the bike at all, but it’s nice to beat the traffic and it’s a good warm-up for sure.

“It takes 10 minutes to get here.”

“Last year we were in a bubble and I was just driving past my house. It was tough. Now I’m there in 10 minutes and the car takes 15 or 20. It’s nice. I can be sure my own schedule.

Branding expert Marcel Knobil said: “The UK is longing for a men’s tennis star to replace Andy Murray, who appears to be on the way out.”

“And so not only the public and the media, but the brands will yearn for Norrie to come up on stage as Murray comes down from it.

“He’s one win away from brands stepping in and really thinking about him.

“It’s a real turning point in the business side of his career.”


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