British Tennis In Safe Hands As Cameron Norrie Breaks Top Ten | Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu’s US Open Triumph in September was a monumental piece of British sporting history and it seems to have been lit up in tennis in Great Britain.

The 19-year-old’s appearances on the court following her stunning victory at Flushing Meadows, New York, have been mesmerizing, but at a raw age, her tennis will only improve. Her US Open title should be enough for fans to realize that she is an exceptional player and once she settles on the pro tour and her natural ability is nurtured, she will be a frightening player. Her shining moment has already been put into British tennis.

The teenager laid the groundwork for the Brits on a splash on the professional tennis circuit and she has helped push the men to another level with Cameron Norrie breaking into the top 10 rankings for the first time in his career. Britain’s number one has been waiting for the patient but this is something that he has thoroughly deserved for the past 12 months, climbing two places. He’s the fourth British man to make the coveted top-10 list, behind Greg Rusedski (career-high No. 4 in 1997), Tim Henman (career-high No. 4 in 2002), and Andy Murray (career-high No. 1 in 2016).

In February he announced his third career title at Delray Beach, the following an Indian Wells triumph in October last year (the first Briton to do so), and he then reached the Mexican Open final but was defeated by an in-form Rafael Nadal. He won two of the six finals in his breakthrough season last year and the best of British since November, which came four years later. Norrie, the three-time Grand Slam winner Murray, said last year: “He’s a great example for not just British players but for all tennis players. It does take you a long, long way. ”

After winning the Battle of the Brits against Jack Draper in the Miami Open, Norrie tipped his 20-year-old compatriot and fellow left-hander into the top 10 in his career, but 2022 is his time. His run in Florida came to an end when he lost to eventual finalist Casper Ruud at 16 but his impressive start to the season warranted his entry into the top 10 and this milestone comes as a result of his determination and skill. He may have been a late bloomer, but his tenacity and energy is a tough test for any fellow professional.

The 26-year-old will have a strong impact on the Grand Slam tournaments, having only ever reached the third round. With the French Open and Wimbledon just around the corner, Norrie will be ready for his start to the year and his new ranking to give him the lift he needs to make the biggest stage.

In another piece of positive news on the British tennis scene this week, the Draper bounced back from his Miami Open exit with a title victory in the Saint-Brieuc Challenger, his fourth ATP Challenger title of 2022, in the following three title wins. Forli, Italy. The Sutton-born star has taken center stage this year, becoming the first player to win four titles in the first quarter of the year and a career high ATP ranking of 124. In front of a full crowd The Open Harmonie Mutuelle, Draper outlasted Zizou Bergs 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the final which lasted two hours and 30 minutes.

He has now shown himself outside the Challenger Circuit of Italy and this successful start to 2022 will only help his game when he returns to the Masters 1000 Tournaments and of course, the Grand Slams. Like Raducanu, Draper still has many years left of his career and thus his time to hone his abilities and take on his Challenger Tour form over the big stages. He has already demonstrated his ability to crunch matches, while outclassing some of the strongest players on his routes to victory. So when his tennis matures, he will be an extremely dangerous opponent.

This has been a great start to the year for British tennis and there is no denying it is in a strong position right now. Wimbledon this year has created a circuit on The Talent, with these talented players flying the flag for Britain. When Murray was on the top, he was flying for solo Britain, and now there is a host of home players in succession, with Raducanu and Draper still in the care of their adolescence – the future for bodes well.

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