Murray: Norrie is ‘great example’ of what you can achieve with dedication


ndy Murray admitted Cameron Norrie had taken him by surprise with his stunning season and hailed the 26-year-old as a great example for others.

Norrie achieved something that has so far eluded Murray by beating Nikoloz Basilashvili to win the unofficial ‘fifth major’ in Indian Wells on Sunday night and is now ranked 15th, having started the season at 71.

Murray said: “I’d be lying if I said that I called that to be honest. However, I have spent a decent amount of time around him and practised with him quite a lot and he works extremely hard.

“I think he’s a great example for not just British players but all tennis players to look at and go, if you put the effort in day in, day out and properly dedicate yourself to the sport, have an attitude like he does, it can take you a long, long way.

“It was obviously a phenomenal achievement last night, but I think maybe the season that he’s having is more impressive than that one week.

“Every week he’s winning matches, he’s played six finals, and this year he’s looking like he’s going to win more matches on the tour than he had in every season that he’d had beforehand combined.

“So that shows you how much of an improvement he’s made. I knew he was good, but to be top 20 in the world and pushing for a spot in the tour finals is an incredible effort.”

Murray was speaking at a press conference ahead of the European Open in Antwerp, the scene of his last singles title in 2019, when he claimed an emotional victory over Stan Wawrinka in the final.

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It was less than a year after his hip resurfacing surgery and seemed to herald Murray’s resurgence, although continuing physical issues mean things have not played out that way.

“It was obviously a bit unexpected at the time,” said Murray. “I know I’d won what would be considered to be bigger tournaments but this was one of the hardest that I had to win in terms of everything I went through and had put my body through to get to that point.

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