ATP Finals hopes all but dashed for Cameron Norrie after Paris exit
Cameron Norrie will most likely not qualify for the ATP Finals this season after he went out in the third round of the Paris Masters.
Before the world number 13 took the court, fellow ATP Finals hopeful Hubert Hurkacz overcame lucky loser Dominik Koepfer to advance to the quarter-finals in Paris.
That result pushed the Pole 190 points in front of Norrie in the ATP Race to Turin ahead of the Brit’s match with Taylor Fritz.
While Norrie did not play poorly, Fritz was exceptional as he ousted the 26-year-old 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to reach his second consecutive Masters 1000 quarter-final.
Two spots remain at the ATP Finals, with Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz, Jannik Sinner and Norrie still in contention in that order.
However, with Norrie now out in Paris and Hurkacz through to the quarter-finals, the Brit has a very small window of opportunity to qualify remaining.
First, he must rely on Hurkacz losing in his next match to Australian surprise package James Duckworth. Norrie would then need to win the ATP 250 Stockholm Open and hope Hurkacz loses in his first match there.
If Hurkacz defeats Duckworth to reach the semi-finals in Paris, only he, Ruud or Sinner can qualify for Turin.
Even if Norrie does not make it as an automatic qualifier, he can still travel to the event as one of two alternates who would compete in the event of a withdrawal.
If Ruud wins his next match against Marcos Giron, he will gain 90 points, taking him 260 clear of ninth placed Sinner in the race.
That would be just enough to ensure the Italian could not catch Ruud. The Norwegian would then qualify for Turin, leaving one space up for grabs between Hurkacz, Sinner and Norrie.
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