Cameron Norrie reveals who he has been training with since Wimbledon
British No 1 Cameron Norrie has revealed the identify of his latest practice partner, as he prepares to return to action following his run to the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this month.
The 26-year-old had never got past the third round of a Grand Slam until he reached the final four in SW19, losing to eventual winner Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Now he is preparing to start his preparations for next month’s US Open and has been training at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice with a player who was not part of this year’s Wimbledon story.
Speaking at an event to promote Britain hosting the Davis Cup group stage matches in Glasgow between the 13th and 18th of September, Norrie spoke about his return to action after his heroics at the All England Club.
“I have been down in France with Daniil Medvedev and it’s been great,” said Norrie, who has been working with the world No 1 after he was banned from Wimbledon after the tournament decided to exclusive Russian and Belarusian players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“He’s my favourite player to watch. My coach is always messaging the best players to practice so hopefully you may get more leeway with some of the top guys when you have some success.
“Wimbledon was a very cool experience, making Wimbledon for the second week for the first time, and making it to the semis and having a tight match with Djokovic.
“Looking back there were a lot of positive things to take from it. The biggest thing is knowing I can do it at a Slams now. Especially playing in the biggest match of my career so far, to play the level I did, to start like that, against probably the best player in the world at the moment on grass anyway.”
Norrie went on to reveal his enhanced fame following his Wimbledon run has all added to his fame in the UK and that has given him unexpected perks.
“It was funny. You go down to get a coffee and the barista recognises you, ‘oh, don’t worry about it, today, it is alright’. I am like, ‘mate, I can pay for it, it’s fine’. He says, ‘ah, don’t worry about it’.
“I went to get my dry cleaning and they were like, ‘ah, a great Wimbledon, you know what this time don’t worry about it’. I am like, ‘man, it’s fine, I can pay for it’.
“A couple of times I went for breakfast and people asked for photos and congratulated me in a very nice way, it is cool that people were watching and following and supporting as well.
“It’s cool that I was getting some recognition. With this Wimbledon, a lot more people know who I am now. It’s great for me. But it doesn’t change too much, I want to keep pushing, keep improving, keep trying to get towards the top of the game.”
Norrie will lead the Great British team in their Davis Cup battles after his US Open push has come to an end and he is eager to embrace the role as a talisman.
“Glasgow is an amazing venue, the people love their tennis and everyone got up for it the last time they held it there,” he added.
“They did a very good job especially with the stadium court and the atmosphere and acoustics. I’m looking forward to playing at home and the whole team is excited.
“We want to put on a great show and especially for the young players coming through; hopefully we can inspire them. My aunt and uncle live in Aberdeen and they will come and watch. I’m not sure my dad is making the trip over (from New Zealand). He’s just had a long trip in Europe so I don’t know if he’s ready to come back so soon.
“My game is improving and hopefully I can play my best tennis. I really like the team format having played college tennis. You are playing for more than yourself, you are playing for your team and country. Hopefully we can make home advantage count.”
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