In cricket, the presence of South African players in English cricket has made a big difference to the way how the game has evolved. In British tennis, the trend seems to have caught on thanks to Cameron Norrie.
He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a family who were microbiologists. But Johannesburg’s reputation as the crime capital came back to haunt Norrie when the family was burgled.
They moved to New Zealand and then at the age of 16 he moved to London. Three years later, he attended Texas Forth Worth College and it was there where Norrie first realised his tennis dream.
His playing style has been described as that of a counter-puncher. He has a heavy topspinning forehand but his backhand is more on the flat side of things.
And although he may be struggling in the Grand Slam events, it is indeed only a matter of time before the 26-year-old can break into the big leagues.
2021 saw him rise up the rankings and he is currently the British number 1 player. He won an ATP Tour title for the first time in Los Cabos, defeating Brandon Nakashima in straight sets.
Norrie ended the year in grand style when he won his first ATP 1000 Masters title at Indian Wells. He thus became the first British player to win the tournament.
His high profile life as a tennis star means there’s plenty of interest in his life. This also includes the equipment he uses to play the sport.
Here we are going to analyse the most important tool a tennis player uses on court – his racquet.
Norrie currently plays with the Babolat Pure Control racquet. However, it is painted to look like the Babolat Pure Strike for sponsorship purposes.
Norrie has used this particular racquet for a number of years now. Thus, it doesn’t seem likely that he will be changing it any time soon.
It is also worth noting that the original racquet he uses is not produced anymore. That is why it is decked out to resemble the Pure Strike, which is a current Babolat racquet.
|Head size||98 square inches|
|String pattern||16 x 20|
|Paint||Babolat Pure Strike|