‘It’s surreal’ – Breakthrough star’s mentor awarded ATP Coach of the Year
The coach of an impressive ATP rankings climber has won the honour of 2021 Coach of the Year on the men’s tour.
Cameron Norrie began 2021 ranked 74th in the world and with a career win-loss record of 51-60 on the ATP tour since turning pro in 2017.
By the end of the season, the Brit had claimed a win-loss record of 52-25, winning a maiden ATP title in Los Cabos before surprising the field by winning Indian Wells, his maiden Masters 1000 title.
He finished 2021 ranked 12th in the world, climbing 62 ranking spots over the course of the season, and even played two ATP Finals matches as an alternate in Turin.
Now, his coach and long-time friend Facundo Lugones has been honoured as the 2021 ATP Coach of the Year for his work in getting his charge to the top of the men’s game.
“I’m incredibly happy and I never thought I could win this award,” Lugones said in a video announcing the award.
“It’s surreal. But that’s the beauty of sports, anything can happen.
“I just wanted to thank everyone who voted for me and all the coaches that always had advice for me or were willing to teach me something.
“I can’t thank you enough and I’m excited for next year and see you all in Australia, thank you.”
Lugones’ journey with Norrie began at Texas Christian University when the two were teammates on the varsity tennis team.
As such, Lugones has been part of Norrie’s team since before his ATP debut in 2017.
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— ATP Tour (@atptour) December 13, 2021
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