Where is Cameron Norrie from? Tennis profile of new British number one

Joshua Rogers July 1, 2021
Tennis: Where is Cameron Norrie from?
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What a season it has been for Cameron Norrie. The soon-to-be new British number one has reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells and has an interesting background. Let’s answer the question, where is Cameron Norrie from?

Where is Cameron Norrie from?

Cameron Norrie is British tennis player born on 23 August 1995.

The 25-year old was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Scottish father David and Welsh mother Helen, who were both microbiologists.

The Norrie family moved around a lot when he was a child and ended up in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1998.

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That nomadic lifestyle obviously stuck with Norrie as in 2011, age 16, he moved to London where he lived for three years before attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in the US from 2014 to 2017.

He was then based in Putney, south London, for a while but, when the pandemic hit, moved back to New Zealand where his parents still live.

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His junior career and switch to British nationality

As a junior, Norrie competed for New Zealand, reaching number 10 in the world.

However, because of a lack of funding by Tennis NZ, he switched nationalities to Britain aged 16 – the nationality of his parents.

He competed at all the Junior Grand Slams in 2013 but only won one match – at the Boys Australian Open.

His height, weight and other relevant tennis bits

Norrie is 6ft 2in (188cm) and weighs about 181lb (82kg).

He is left handed (with a two-handed backhand) and turned pro in 2017. Since then he has been coached by James Trotman.

What is his current ATP world ranking?

Last night (14 October) Norrie hailed the “biggest win” of his career after thrashing Argentina ace Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

Currently world number 26, Norrie will replace Dan Evans as British number one as his win in California means he’s likely to enter the world’s top 20 next week.

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Professional career from 2017 onwards

The British tennis player was awarded a wild card for Wimbledon in 2017 but was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round.

In February 2018, he was selected for Great Britain’s Davis Cup team, winning his debut match against world number 23 Roberto Bautista-Agut in five sets.

In May 2021, the 25-year-old beat world number four Dominic Thiem at the ATP Lyon Open en route to reaching the final.

He was beaten by second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Norrie also appeared at the 2021 French Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Soon after he reached the final at Queens.

Norrie beat number two seed Denis Shapovalov in the semi-final but lost in three sets to Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final

Before Indian Wells, the 26-year-old had never reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 tournament. Now he will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the last four.

Cameron Norrie’s personal life: does he have a girlfriend?

Norrie’s girlfriend is Louise Jacobi. The couple have been dating for a number of years but aren’t married and have no children.

Jacobi is founder and creative director of design atelier Please Don’t Touch. The pair regularly travel and Louise is currently in Indian Wells watching her partner break new ground.

She looks to be having a positive influence on Norrie’s career as he continues to become a real force on the tour.

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What is his net worth?

It’s difficult to estimate, but his prize money so far in his career is about $3 million.

Expect that figure to rise rapidly. As reported by the BBC, Norrie now has 45 wins this year, one more than Novak Djokovic.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.