Cameron Norrie Indian Wells 2021

‘They were too nervous’ – Cam Norrie reveals parents couldn’t watch Indian Wells win

Indian Wells champion and British star Cam Norrie has revealed his parents were too nervous to watch his Masters 1000 final victory. 

The 26-year-old enjoyed a remarkable run in the Californian desert, capping off his week with victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili to claim the biggest title of his career.

Prior to his title winning display, Norrie had already recorded an outstanding year having reached five finals, including a maiden title in Los Cabos earlier this summer.

Whilst Norrie showed his grit and determination to recover from a set deficit to lift the prestigious title, his parents couldn’t bear to watch on the television, deciding instead to walk the dogs.

“They actually didn’t watch the match,” Norrie revealed. “They were too nervous to be watching so I spoke to them after, they were in tears.

“I was like so what did you guys do when I was playing? They said when you lost the first set we had to go out and walk the dogs, we were so nervous, we didn’t know what to do so they re-watched it knowing the result so they could relax.

“But they were so happy and my mum was in tears, so it was very special to speak to them after getting the title.”

Reflecting on the highlight of his career so far, the Brit described the title as a ‘big step’ as he now enjoys a career-high ranking of world number 16.

“To win this title has been absolutely a big step for me, especially coming from winning Los Cabos, which was only an ATP 250,” he said.

“It’s been a lot of finals and a lot of them haven’t gone my way, so it’s nice for this bigger one to go my way, especially after coming unstuck in the Queen’s final, just before Wimbledon.

“It’ nice to reap the benefits in this one and I’m looking forward to next year.

“But I mean, to win a Slam as another animal, it’s so tough to do, but definitely heading in the right direction, a lot of work, a lot of tennis to be played for the rest of the year.”

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