Britain’s world number 41 Cameron Norrie has gone great guns this season but his big aim is to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In an interview with the BBC, Norrie said his experience of playing in the Davis Cup has helped him a lot in focussing towards his goal of taking part in the Olympics.
He had featured in the Davis Cup last year where he was down two sets to nothing against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain but came back to win that encounter. He was ranked 114th in the world at that time while his opposition was in the top 25.
Norrie admitted he was helped by his experience of playing college tennis and that in turn has resulted in his desire to play in the Olympics.
The Briton said:
“I did feel very comfortable because I’ve played in that format before, those kind of crowds, that kind of atmosphere in college already. So I’ve felt that before – not only playing for yourself but for your team – something greater than yourself.”
And Norrie, who spent his tennis formative years in New Zealand but switched to Great Britain because of issues with funding, now wants to take that step up to feature in the Olympics. He called it a ‘big goal’ and the tennis tournament at Olympics a different and a special experience.
Norrie will next feature at the French Open, and playing on clay is something he loves doing. One of the reasons for that, according to Norrie, is he was fond of the long rallies and the physical nature of the game.
He had earlier made it to the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters and went through to the qualifiers for Rome Masters before entering the second round.
Interestingly, despite his fondness for clay, Norrie had earlier made it to his final at the Auckland Open in his first ATP tournament of the season.