Cameron Norrie’s positive Covid test dents hopes of reaching ATP Finals

Victory for Cameron Norrie Cincinnati Masters US Open

British number one Cameron Norrie has confirmed he has tested positive for Covid, in what is a blow to his hopes of reaching the end-of-season ATP Finals in Turin.

The 27-year-old pulled out of his Korea Open quarter-final against America’s Jenson Brooksby at the last minute on Friday.

The ATP said it was due to illness while Norrie had previously complained he was jet-lagged, but the Brit confirmed the positive test in a social media post.

It means he will miss next week’s Japan Open which will be a blow to his chances of sealing a place at the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin next month.

“Unfortunately I had a positive Covid test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches. I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there.”

Norrie stated after his appearance at the Laver Cup in London that he was keen to press to secure a place in the ATP Finals after another consistent year at the top of the game.

“For me, I’m going to make a big push for Turin,” Norrie said.

“I think I’m knocking on the door there. I’m 11 or 12 in the race at the moment, so I’m going to try and make a big push there.

“I’m going to Seoul, Tokyo, (have) a week off, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, so a pretty full schedule.

“A lot of points on the line, and a lot of tennis to be played, but yeah, like I said, I want to just go all in to try and make Turin.”

Norrie was delighted to be a member of the Team Europe Laver Cup team, as he stepped in for Rafael Nadal for the final two days.

“I was just honoured to be a part of this team, and I felt like I really deserved to be a part of this team, earned it from what I have done in the last two years,” he added.

“I knew there was a good chance for me to play, so I was all in and I was going to be practising here in London anyway, so it was perfect timing.

“It was great to get that call and great to make my debut, actually step on the court and fight for Team Europe. It’s one of the coolest events that I have ever been a part of, especially this year.”