Former TCU tennis star Cameron Norrie, who turned professional at the end of the collegiate season in the spring, will be playing in his second consecutive Grand Slam tournament main draw.
In July, Norrie received a wild card entry for the main draw at Wimbledon from the tournament organizers. He faced the No. 12 seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and was eliminated 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
This time around, Norrie had to do a little more to earn his spot in the main draw. First, Norrie won the singles title at the Binghamton Challenger in July, which bumped up his ranking enough to secure a spot in the US Open qualifiers.
In his first qualifying match, Norrie faced Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. Bublik is ranked No. 103 in the world and was the No. 7 seed in the qualifying draw. The former Frog played one of his best matches of his professional career so far and dominated Bublik 6-2, 6-2.
Next, Norrie faced American Sekou Bangoura, who is ranked No. 367 in the world, but was granted a wild card entry into the qualifying draw. Norrie was not as dominant in this match and even trailed 1-3 in the opening set. However, as we have seen him do before, Cam battled back and won in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
Today, the former No. 1 NCAA singles player went up against Go Soeda of Japan. Soeda was the No. 22 seed in the qualifying draw and is ranked No. 131 in the world currently. Norrie raced out to a 6-1 victory in the first set and then held on to win the match with a 7-6 win in the second set, winning the tiebreak 7-5.
Simply advancing through the qualifier and getting into the main draw will be big for Cam’s ATP ranking. He is currently ranked No. 226 in the world and will be looking to work his way back up into the top 200. His career high is No. 187.
Norrie will open in the first round against Dmitry Tursunov, a 34 year old from Russia who is currently ranked No. 642 in the world. First round matches will be played on Monday, August 28th, and Tuesday, August 29th.