Nori wins in Lyon: first title outside North America

Norrie trionfa a Lione: primo titolo fuori dal Nord America

A year earlier, Cameron Nori was denied the title in Lyon. Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final twelve months earlier, this time the Briton celebrated his first title of 2022 at the Parc de la Tete d’Or, and his first singles tournament played outside North America.

Nori, world number 11, defeated Alex Molcan of Slovakia 63 67 (3) 61, having lost his third ATP Finals in three plays. Other defeats were against Novak Djokovic in last year’s Belgrade-2 tournament and against David Goffin in Marrakech a month earlier.

Spectators fill the stands of the stadium set in France’s largest urban park, also known as the site of the historic velodrome where legend Jenny Longo won two track cycling world titles in 1989. And a solid performance was seen by the British southpaw. , , , who broke into the world top ten last year for the first time in his career: the fourth Briton to do so in the era of computerized rankings, behind Tim Heineman, Andy Murray and Greg Russky.

Nori, who also won the title this year at Delray Beach, is in perfect continuity with his 2021 record, at least at the individual level. In 2021, in fact, he scored 52 victories on the ATP circuit, one more than all the victories won in his career till the end of 2020. The first Briton to win at Indian Wells in 46 years, he made his debut by closing the season. Second reserve in Turin’s Nitto ATP Finals.

Norrie is a citizen of the world. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a Scottish father and Welsh mother, good varsity squash players.

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Premiere set @cam_norrie, 6/3! ,
C’est un bras de fer énorme sur le Central! #OpenParc @atptour pic.twitter.com/FoAHz6c1To

— Open Parc ARA (@OpenParcARA) May 21, 2022

Lugones, who is only three years younger than Nori, has a degree in economics. After his tennis career failed, he started working as a coach already at the university. Then Norrie asked him to follow her the whole time.

“We’re serious when we discuss goals and work – he told ATP – but in reality we’re like two friends. I love Cam’s humility. He’s the kind of person that goes from Andy Murray to me.” Treats everyone equally. Familiar in Argentina. He’s great, but I must say he’s not really good at languages”.

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