Cameron Norrie has broken into the top ten of the world rankings for the first time. The 26-year-old won his third career title in Delray Beach in February and advanced to the final of the Mexican Open, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal. In a breakthrough 2021, Norrie won two of the six finals he reached. After reaching the third round of the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon, he became the first British player to win Indian Wells in October.
Norrie rose to prominence in the Davis Cup tie between Great Britain and Spain in 2018, when he came back from a two-set deficit to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut. The following year, he broke into the top 50 before winning his first ATP Tour title at the Los Cabos Open in 2021. Norrie has been the number one in the United Kingdom since November, four years after turning professional.
“He’s a great example for not just British players but all tennis players to look at,” British great Andy Murray had said of Norrie earlier. “If you put the effort in day in, day out and properly dedicate yourself and have an attitude like he does, it can take you a long, long way.”
Carlos Alcaraz won the Miami Open on Sunday for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. The Spaniard won his first ATP Masters 1000 title and third tour-level title in the final at Hard Rock Stadium, defeating sixth seed Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4. Alcaraz is the youngest Miami men’s champion in the event’s 37-year history, as well as the third-youngest ATP Masters 1000 champion overall, with 283 tournaments under his belt dating back to 1990. He is the first Spanish champion at the tournament, and his victory will propel him to a career-high ATP Ranking of No. 11 in the world.
Only Michael Chang (Toronto 1990) and Rafael Nadal (2005 Monte Carlo) were younger than Alcaraz when they won their first ATP Masters 1000 titles at the age of 18 years and 333 days. Alcaraz took over as the youngest Miami champion from Novak Djokovic, who won in 2007 at the age of 19, when Alcaraz was three years old.