Britain’s number one Cameron Norrie is set to play five tournaments over the next six weeks in a bid to qualify for the ATP Finals.
The Wimbledon semi-finalist returns to London this weekend at the Laver Cup as a replacement for Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the Ryder Cup-style tag team event after his emotional doubles match alongside of Roger Federer on Friday.
As Norrie lost to Taylor Fritz at The O2 on Saturday, he relished the chance to represent Team Europe and will now focus on wrapping up a superb 2022 with another high.
He is currently ranked 11th in the race for the season-ending finals in Turin, but hopes to move into the top eight qualifying positions with strong performances at the Korea Open, Japan Open, of Stockholm, at the Open Erste Bank and at the Paris Masters. over the next month and a half.
“For me, I’m going to make a big effort for Turin,” Norrie said. “I think I’m knocking on the door there. I’m 11 or 12 in the race right now, so I’ll try to make a big push there.
“I’m going to Seoul, Tokyo, (have) a week off, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, so a pretty busy schedule.
“A lot of points on the line and a lot of tennis to play, but yes, as I said, I want to do everything to try to make Turin.”
Norrie joined the Team Europe squad earlier in the week when at this stage she was not officially part of the squad, but Nadal was still expected to join Federer to retire after their memorable game in double.
“I was just honored to be part of this team, and I felt like I really deserved to be part of this team, I deserved it from what I’ve done for the past two years,” he said. -he adds. “I knew I had a good chance to play so I was in and was going to train here in London anyway, so it was perfect timing.
“It was great to get that call and great to debut and get on the pitch and fight for Team Europe. It’s one of the coolest events I’ve ever been to, especially This year.”