|2018 Fever-Tree Championships on the BBC|
|Venue: Queen’s Membership, London Dates: 18-24 June|
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It was with tongue firmly in cheek and a glint in his eye that Cameron Norrie introduced himself as the brand new Scottish primary.
He is come from outdoors the world’s prime 250 to inside the highest 80 in below a yr. An increase so speedy that, for the primary time in his senior profession, Andy Murray is now not the top-ranked Scot on the tennis tour. So does the triple Grand Slam winner thoughts the brand new order of issues?
“I’ve not requested him,” Norrie replied. “I used to be going to have slightly dig at him once I was taking part in him however selected to not. However no, I feel he’ll problem me quickly for my rating.”
Norrie, 22, has agency grounds for holding that opinion. He is seen Murray up shut and private for the previous few days, having been chosen by the previous world primary as a observe associate. He is adamant Murray is choosing the proper time to return to the tour, and was impressed with the observe units they performed in opposition to one another.
“We performed at an important degree a few days in the past and he really requested me if I assumed he was prepared or not,” stated Norrie. “I advised him that he was and he was transferring nice and hitting the ball properly.
“Clearly he hasn’t performed any matches however I feel he is prepared. It is simply nice to have him again and it’s extremely good of him to hunt me out and simply be on courtroom with him once more. You’ll be able to study a lot from him and his professionalism and the best way he does issues. He is only a nice idol for British tennis typically.”
Fairly a metamorphosis then for Norrie, who 12 months in the past had by no means even met Murray.
“It was precisely this time final yr that I used to be right here within the Queen’s locker room and he got here as much as me and my coach and simply launched himself to us,” Norrie defined.
“I simply thought it was very humble of him to try this. It was nice to satisfy him; I might all the time needed to satisfy him. He is only a very good man, right down to earth and it is nice simply to have him again typically.”
Each Norrie and Murray have been handed difficult first-round assignments on the newly named Fever-Tree Championships. Murray faces Australia’s Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday whereas Norrie’s first-round match on Monday is in opposition to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
‘I am 100% blissful to be claimed as Scottish’
Murray’s important acknowledged goal, nevertheless, has been to check his recreation and his hip, following January’s surgical procedure, by practising with among the prime gamers. Norrie witnessed first hand the strides the double Wimbledon champion has not too long ago made.
“I hit with him as soon as earlier than, simply earlier than Eastbourne final yr,” stated Norrie. “And he was hitting the ball right here simply as huge as he was then and transferring properly. He even ended up serving very well in the long run. So I really feel like his degree is there and it is simply going to be a matter of getting matches below his belt and getting a little bit of confidence.
“It is all the time going to be powerful for him coming again however he is gained Grand Slams up to now and he is been world primary so he is bought the boldness inside him to come back again and show to everybody that he can do it once more. Let’s simply hope his hip holds up. I want him all the most effective. It is simply good to have him round to bounce some concepts off, possibly, if I would like one thing.”
Cosmopolitan is a phrase that springs to thoughts in the case of Norrie.
The 22-year-old was born in South Africa to a Glaswegian father and a Welsh mom. He was raised in New Zealand earlier than happening to play the collegiate tennis circuit in america. His father David, nevertheless, made positive his allegiance would all the time stay with Scotland, the place he nonetheless has household in Aberdeenshire.
“I am 100% blissful to be claimed as Scottish,” Norrie added. “And the brand new Scottish primary? I will take it, for positive. I will attempt to maintain on to that so long as I can. We’ll see.”