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“There are still 13 players better than me so I need to improve” – Norrie sets his eyes on top spot

Ranked No 14 in the world, Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie has some big goals in mind for the 2023 season and beyond

Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Paris Masters Cameron Norrie at the 2022 Paris Masters Image Credit: Federico Pestellini / Panoramic

Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie has enjoyed his most successful season on the tennis circuit in 2022. The 27-year-old left hander reached his first Grand Slam semi-final, all the more special since it came in front of his home fans at Wimbledon and made his debut in the world’s top 10.

Now Norrie, who ended the season as world No 14, has set his eyes on the top spot in men’s tennis. “There are a lot more eyes on me now: going into Wimbledon as British No 1 then having the run I did, I feel like I am more well known in the UK,” Norrie told The National in an interview. “But for me, that is not the goal: it’s to be world No 1. So, I’m not really thinking about that. There are still 13 players better than me so I need to improve.”

“It’s been a great year, especially being able to back up last year was huge for me” – Norrie

With a 49-26 record on the tour and picking up two singles titles, Norrie had plenty of highlights in 2022 – the obvious one was reaching the semis at Wimbledon in front of his home fans. The Brit added that he remains focused on improving his game to scale greater heights up in 2023.

“It’s been a great year, especially being able to back up last year was huge for me,” Norrie said. “There were a lot of highlights, especially Wimbledon, making the semi-finals and having my family and friends there watching and supporting. But from there it was straight into focusing on the next events. As a tennis player you don’t really get to enjoy when you’re doing well, but looking back, having some time off resting in London, I’ve been going through a few things and there are definitely some highlights.”

“On the flip side, as a player you always want more and I think there are some areas where I could or should have done more, but you look at it and it was a great year. I want to do even more next year so there are a few things to work on as well.”

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