It was a big day for former TCU tennis star and top collegiate singles player Cameron Norrie, as he secured his first career Grand Slam main draw victory at the US Open today. Norrie, who turned professional after the collegiate season ended in the spring, defeated Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.
Tursunov and Norrie were locked in a tight match in the opening set that eventually went to a tiebreak. After trading points back and forth, the former Frog secured the tiebreak 9-7 to take the first set 7-6.
The second set was nowhere near as close as Cam raced out to a 4-1 lead in the set. After the fifth game, Tursunov, who is 34 years old and has struggled with injuries for a few years, called on the physio to check him out. Norrie would win the next two games to go up two sets to none in the match.
At that point, Tursunov retired and the match was called in favor of Norrie, who likely would have won the next set anyways with the way the match was going.
Getting that quick victory though could be big for Norrie, as he will likely face Pablo Carreno Busta, who is ranked No. 19 in the world and is the No. 12 seed in the tournament, in the second round.
In terms of rankings, Cam should move up well into the top 200 now and should surpass his career high ranking of No. 187. According to the live ATP rankings, this victory has moved him up to No. 181.
Although he may not have wanted to win it via retirement, I’m sure this is a day that Norrie will remember forever.