Cameron Norrie, Britain’s last representative in the singles at Wimbledon, has urged home tennis fans to “get behind” him after he qualified for the quarter-finals. In the round of 16 the 26-year-old beat American Tommy Paul 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 and will now face Belgian David Goffin in the last eight tomorrow.
Going into the grass-court grand slam there were 17 Britons in the main singles draw. But after defeats for players such as Andy Murray, Emma Radacanu and Heather Watson, Norrie is the UK’s final hope at SW19.
The first British man to reach the singles quarter-finals since Murray in 2017 and first Brit since Johanna Konta in 2019, Norrie praised the fans for their support during his straight-sets win over Paul on Court One. “I think from the first round everyone has been behind me and supporting me,” he said. “It’s showed in tough moments in the matches – especially serving for the match there. Unfortunately I’m the last [Briton] standing – but I think it’s even more reason for everyone to get behind me.”
Seeded ninth at Wimbledon, Norrie is enjoying a “breakthrough” run to the second week of a grand slam, said Tumaini Carayol in The Guardian. This “new achievement” is a “significant moment” in Norrie’s career and he’s happy to handle the expectations that come with being the British No.1. “I’ll take it,” he said. “At the beginning of the tournament, you guys were asking me: ‘You’re British No.1, you got a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations on your shoulders.’ For me to play the way that I did in all my matches so far means a lot.”
Just five weeks after Emma Raducanu’s US Open success in 2021, Norrie’s name “rose to recognition” following his triumph at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in California, said Tatler. The “shock victory” in the Indian Wells final was “another glorious tale of the unexpected” for British tennis, said Mike Dickson in the Daily Mail. With this win, the left-hander “furthered his argument for being the most improved men’s player of the season”.