How the Wimbledon spotlight is helping Cameron Norrie plan the US Open | Tennis

VSameron Norrie arrived at Wimbledon a month ago, still looking for the big result on the biggest stages that could get the attention his performances seemed to deserve. It is fair to say that he succeeded.

As he prepares for the North American swing of hard-court tournaments from his training base in France, Norrie says the difference in how he’s been received by the public since reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final is palpable. Many more people recognize him, praise him for his performance and appreciate his efforts.

“That was fun. You go downstairs for a coffee and the barista recognizes you, ‘Oh, don’t worry, today is fine.’ I’m like, ‘Man, I can pay, it’s okay .’ He says, ‘Ah, don’t worry.’ I went to get my dry cleaners and they were like, ‘Ah, great Wimbledon. You know what? This time don’t worry. I’m like, ‘Man, it’s okay, I can afford it,'” laughed Norrie.

“A few times I went to breakfast and people asked for pictures and complimented me in a really nice way. It’s cool that people are watching and following and supporting. It’s cool that I get some recognition. With this Wimbledon, a lot more people know who I am now. It’s great for me.

In the same breath, however, Norrie is clear. He may have innovated, but he says nothing has changed, and such a result certainly hasn’t changed him. He is only more motivated to succeed. “The most important thing is knowing that I can do it in a Grand Slam now,” he said.

After the physical and emotional exertions of reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, Norrie took a week off and kept quiet before heading to France to begin preparations for the hard-court swing. He spent time last week training with world number one Daniil Medvedev, although he tactfully decided not to discuss Wimbledon’s decision to ban Medvedev and his compatriots in light of the invasion. Russian from Ukraine.

Norrie will next compete in Los Cabos, Mexico, followed by Montreal and Cincinnati before the final Grand Slam tournament of the year at the US Open in New York.

Norrie will return home for the group stages of the Davis Cup Final in Glasgow from September 13-18, with tickets now on sale. The location has additional significance for Norrie: his Scottish father, David, is a Rangers fan who grew up in the town.

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“He actually took me down the exact road and into the little apartment he grew up in. The last time I played the Davis Cup there,” Norrie said. “So it was pretty special to see that, to have that moment with him. Obviously I didn’t spend a huge amount of time there. I can’t wait to go back and they did a great job with the place the last time we played there.

Having not been selected for many Davis Cup teams, Norrie is now the team leader as Britain’s No.1. With a semi-final at Wimbledon, a bigger target on his back and heightened attention, the stakes have only risen. His response is again clear: “I always try to hold myself accountable for everything. I won’t change anything.

“I don’t feel any different. My game is improving, that’s exactly what I need to focus on.

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