Indian Wells champion and new British number one Cam Norrie has put himself “in the conversation” for Turin but time is ticking…

British Tennis has another new number one and this is Cameron Norrie. The 26 year old has had an incredible season and has won one of the biggest tournaments on the calendar, Indian Wells and did it from a set and a break down!

Winning the title meant he became the first British player in tennis history to win the singles title at in the Californian desert. 

Before this year Cam had only be at Indian Wells twice before in his career in 2018 and 2019 and lost on both occasions in round one. 

It has been a stellar season so far for Cam who has gone from strength to strength as the year has progressed a little differently from usual but he has reacted well to the schedule on all surfaces.

The year has seen for many the schedules change and tournaments postponed as well as new rules in place but his progression through the rankings has been exceptional. He began the year ranked down at 74 in the world and is now at number 15 and in his words is “in the conversation” for a place in Turin at the ATP Finals. 

Getting to this position with the acolades he has picked up has been sensational, his numbers as of the 18th of October are:

22 tournaments
47 wins
20 defeats
6 finals
2 titles (Indian Wells & Los Cabos)

Not a bad year at all which includes wins over Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev and to add before this year he hadn’t reached a final.

Just to put more emphasis on this breakthrough year for the Brit between 2018 and 2020 he played 52 tournaments winning 49 matches, he is two off doing what he did over three years in a calendar year.

So, Turin… How likely is it?

As the weeks go by the points tally required gets smaller. Already qualified for Turin is:

Novak Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Alex Zverev
Andrey Rublev
Matteo Berrettini

If all players play that is six places sorted with two left…

It has got to that stage of the year now where you need to win titles to progress and it could be a tight one.

Casper Ruud – 3015
Rafael Nadal – 2985 (Injured)
Hubert Hurkacz – 2955
Cam Norrie – 2795
Jannik Sinner – 2595 (Playing Antwerp)

Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2330 

Aslan Karatsev – 2030 (Playing Moscow)

We know that we can take Nadal out of the conversation so as it stands it would be Ruud and Hurkacz. My concern for Casper is that he looked a little burnt out in Indian Wells, I will also be surprised if Hubi doesn’t make it meaning Cam would miss out.

Extra pressure will be on him depending on how Sinner and Karatsev get on this week. I’m quietly confident to rule out the Russian at this point even if he wins his ranking won’t budge, British eyes will be on Jannik Sinner who is the top seed in Antwerp and a win would propel him to 2845 points.

I think right now it is about being smart with the scheduling. We have seen many players turn up to the tour finals having gone on a mad run and burn out, no one wants to leave without a fight before the event has begun.

Depending on what Sinner does this week I would say a three horse race for the last two spots, I can’t see the Italian going out quietly though. It will be interesting to see who qualifies as it will be debutants and is a great event to end a good year on.

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