Andy’s dedication is serving as the perfect example to Cameron Norrie as the 22-year-old Briton finds his way in the sport. Norrie, who won his first match at Grand Slam level when he beat Dmitry Tursunov here on Monday in the first round of the US Open, met Murray for the first time less than two months ago.
Cameron Norrie says it’s a dream come true to reach the second round of the US Open and is very proud he did it “the hard way” by coming through qualifying.
Raised in New Zealand by a Glaswegian dad and a mother from Cardiff, Norrie says he’s very happy to be claimed as Scottish and feels he couldn’t have a better role-model than Andy Murray, whose current hip problems draw immediate sympathy and understanding from the world number 225.
“Andy came up to Cameron in the locker room at the Queen’s Club and introduced himself,” David Norrie, the world No 225’s father, said. “They hit together quite a lot before Wimbledon and the experience of playing and preparing with Andy has shown Cameron just how focused you must be to reach the top.
“Cameron was amazed at how Andy didn’t want to waste a single ball in practice. He’s a great role model. He comes across so well. I don’t understand those who don’t like him. Off the court he’s erudite, witty and balanced. He shows great humility as well.
“He maybe knew Cameron lacked the courage to go up and introduce himself at Queen’s, so he did it himself, which speaks volumes.”
“It’s a tough time for him – obviously as his ranking could drop – but I’m sure he’s going to come back even stronger.
“He’s a very good guy to look up to. He’s the toughest competitor out there and I’m just trying to be like him and maybe one day I can get up to his kind of ranking. That’s the plan, anyway.
“But he’s a great role model and a great guy. So I hope he’s healthy pretty soon.”
Murray withdrew on Saturday and may now call time on his whole season. Norrie, on the other hand, has a second-round match against the 12th seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to look forward to.
“It feels great to be in the second round of the US Open,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. I never thought I’d be playing in the main draw here in New York this year.
“My parents are really proud of me and I’m proud of myself for getting through the qualifying and doing it the tough way.
“I’m just trying to enjoy every moment. Sometimes you just look forward to the next thing, the next thing.
“But I’m trying to soak it all in right now and I’m just happy and stoked with myself right now. There’s a lot going on at the US Open – it’s pretty busy.
“You’re always running into people you know, so it’s pretty full-on.”
Norrie’s place in the second round was assured when, leading 7-6 6-1, his Russian opponent, Dimitry Tursunov, pulled out injured.
“I just settled into the match, played a tough first set, got through it,” he said. “I was just finding my range and played a very, very solid second set.
Having starred in the American collegiate tennis system, Norrie plans to stay on adopted soil for the time being, but hopes to move his base back to the UK at some point in the near future.
“I’m going to stay in the States for the rest of the year and play on the hard-court Challenger circuit,” he said.
“Hopefully I can get my ranking up and start actually getting out of the States and get back to the UK and be based there.
“That’s kind of the plan. I’m happy where I’m at right now and everything’s going my way, so I’m just trying to keep that rolling.”