The British tennis star is into the quarterfinals at this year’s Wimbledon. Here, we find out more about Cameron Norrie’s coach, Facundo Lugones.
26-year-old Cameron Norrie won his first first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells in 2021, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final. In 2022, at the Delray Beach Open, Norrie dropped just one set en route to his third career singles title, defeating Reilly Opelka in the final.
Norrie then defeated Alex Molčan to win the singles tennis title at the 2022 ATP Lyon Open. He reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 10 on 4 April 2022.
He is the ninth seed at this year’s Wimbledon championships and is now into the quarterfinals. He is taking on David Goffin after overcoming Americans Tommy Paul and Steve Johnson in the previous rounds.
Where is he from?
Norrie was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Scottish father David and Welsh mother Helen. His parents were both microbiologists.
Norrie moved around a lot as a child including to Auckland, New Zealand, in 1998.
In 2011 when he was 16 years old, he moved to London where he lived for three years before attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth from 2014 to 2017.
After university he was based in Putney, south London, for a while but, when the pandemic hit, moved back to New Zealand where his parents live.
Who is Cameron Norrie’s coach, Facundo Lugones?
Norrie’s long-time coach is Argentine Facundo Lugones and the pair have been together since 2017 after Norrie’s time at Texas Christian University.
According to the ATP Tour, when Lugones completed his studies at Texas Christian University, he was prepared to work in the finance industry.
Instead, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the team, he got an opportunity to travel with Norrie, who was leaving school in 2017 to turn professional.
Facundo graduated from Texas Christian University, where he played for the men’s varsity team.
Lugones was also a professional tennis player and represented Argentina on the ATP Tour.
He won ATP coach of the year award in 2021
Last year, Lugones was named coach of the year in the 2021 ATP Awards for his efforts in helping the British No 1 to the best season of his career.
“I’m incredibly happy. I never thought I could win this award, it’s surreal,” Lugones said (via Tennis 365).
“But that’s the beauty of the sport, that anything could happen. I just want to also thank my team, Julian [Romero] and Vasek [Jursik], they work incredibly hard throughout the year to get Cam ready, and also Devin Bowen and James Trotman since day one, helping the whole team.
“Most importantly, I want to thank Cam for being an animal and getting through all those tough matches that ended up getting me the award.”
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