Cameron Norrie news: How the Brit’s ‘deep sea diver’ lungs are helping him at Indian Wells

Cameron Norrie in action

Cameron Norrie defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round at the Indian Wells Masters, and he’s set to play American Jenson Brooksby, who upset Stefanos Tsitsipas during the last round, in the next stage of the tournament, and he’ll have to make full use of his “huge lungs” to overcome the 21-year-old.

Norrie is hoping he can defend his title in California and so far the chances are looking good, he almost repeated last year’s final as he met his Georgian opponent again, but this time Basilashvili won’t be making it to the final as he was beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

The South African-born Brit needs to beat Brooksby if he wants to add to his tally of titles wins for this season, as he already clinched the Delray Beach Open title last month when he saw off Reilly Opelka in the final match, and he believes his lungs will work in his favour to accomplish this.

“I went to the hospital for some tests after an accident in college and one of the techs was like, ‘are you a deep sea diver or something? Your lungs are huge! I’ve never seen lungs like that’ – so about five years ago I realised I had big lungs and I’ve used them to my advantage ever since,” the 26-year-old revealed.

“Jenson’s not the most traditional player, he’s a tricky player and he’s got good hands, I’ve always wanted to play him and feel what it’s like to play him, I’m looking forward to that and it’s a little bit of rivalry.

“He went to Baylor, which is Texas Christian University’s rival school (Norrie’s university) so hopefully I can get him on that one.”

However, Norrie isn’t the only one who excited about this clash as Brooksby is relishing being in the fourth round of a Masters tournament for the first time and is excited about the recent trajectory of his career as he’s in with a chance of breaking into the top 40 despite being ranked outside of the top 250 just a year ago.

“I mean, it’s my favourite tournament, this was the tournament I watched as a kid, it means a lot that I’m making good strides from last year and continuing to improve – I’m excited to keep it going, see what I can do.” the Californian said.

“You never know at that stage (a year ago) what’s going to happen.

“You can’t predict the future, but all you can do is what’s in your control – I knew in my head I thought I had the game to be here, and there’s nothing as good as replicating it out here.”

Norrie and Brooksby face each in the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open tomorrow.