When TCU was eliminated in the Elite Eight of the NCAA men’s tennis tournament this past season, Cam Norrie, the Frogs’ top player, decided it was in his best interest to turn professional, and it appears he was correct. Norrie, who represents British Tennis, has been invited into the main draw of the 131st edition of the Wimbledon Championships.
Thank you AELTC @Wimbledon for the WC into main draw. Honored to get the chance to play at such a prestigious event.— Cameron Norrie (@cam_nozza) June 21, 2017
In tennis, a wild card entry is given at the discretion of the tournament organizers. With Norrie being given a wild card into the main draw, he will not have to attempt to get through the qualifying draw into the main field of 128. If you ever had the chance to witness him play during his time in Fort Worth, you understand why the organizers of Wimbledon believe he is worthy of playing there.
Since turning professional, Cam has played in a few tournaments on grass courts in the United Kingdom, likely in preparation for playing at Wimbledon. The highlight of his short career thus far was a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over then-ranked #71 Malek Jaziri of Tunisia at the Aegon Surbiton Trophy.
Most recently, Norrie squared off against American and #28 player in the world Sam Querrey, who defeated Cam 6-1, 6-4 at the Aegon Championships, a tournament that featured world #1 and 2016 WImbledon champion Andy Murray as well as world #3 and 2017 French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka.
Wimbledon will be played from July 3rd to July 16th. The draw for the tournament will not be unveiled until a few days before the tournament opens. Norrie is currently ranked #235 in the world, but that will climb greatly if he finds a way to win a match or two on the prestigious grass courts of Wimbledon.