Coach Facundo Lugones has explained what Cameron Norrie did to become the player he is today. Lugones has been working with Norrie since the Briton turned professional in 2017. Norrie, ranked at No. 29 in the world, is enjoying his best season on the Tour.
This season, Norrie ended runner-up in Estoril, Lyon and Queens before capturing his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos. "Now he’s a better tennis player and physically he’s a completely different animal. Back then he had a lot of endurance and was a great competitor, but didn’t have a lot of weapons.
He would outlast you, make a lot of balls and be tougher than the other guy. Today he has a better serve, he’s stronger, he looks to dictate the point a lot more. He’s more physical and a more complete player," Lugones told the ATP website.
Coach Lugones and Norrie set high goals
Norrie claimed his maiden ATP title this season and also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world. "You set new goals and expectations can change. But at the end of the day, his main goal is to keep getting better as a tennis player.
Now at tournaments we’re not just happy with one or two wins, we want to go deep. You start setting new goals and set the bar higher and look for more. It’s about not staying satisfied. You need to enjoy the good moments quickly and get ready for the next challenge," Lugones noted.
Eventually, the goal for Norrie is to become world No. 1. "One of them at the beginning of the year was to finish Top 30, and we’re on track for that. Then we need to keep pushing those goals further and further. If he finishes Top 30, next year will be Top 20, Top 15 to then Top 10 and obviously No. 1. That’s the goal of every single tennis player," Lugones said of Norrie's future goals.