Andy who? How Cameron Norrie has gone from playing on his microbiologist parents’ driveway in New Zealand to usurping Murray as the new poster boy of British tennis (and his glam designer girlfriend is his biggest fan!) 

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  • Cameron Norie, 26, became British No. 1 today after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, earning £880,000 in prize money.
  • He was cheered on by his girlfriend Louise Jacobi, who gave him a kiss.
  • Norrie was born in South Africa to British parents and grew up in New Zealand
  • He lived in London and went to university in the US before turning professional

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Just weeks after Emma Radukanu became an overnight sensation following her US Open win, sports fans are applauding the thrilling – and improbable – victory of another unknown British tennis star.

Dashing Cameron Norie, 26, became British No. 1 after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California over the weekend, the first time a British player has ever won the tournament.

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Watching from the stand was his girlfriend Louise Jacobi, a glamorous textile designer, who greeted her boyfriend with a kiss on the court.

The couple certainly have a lot to celebrate: as well as their new ranking and historic tournament win, Nori won a £880,000 cash prize.

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But the new poster boy of British tennis, described as ‘a great example’ by his role model and former British No. 1 Sir Andy Murray, has certainly had an international upbringing, having taken time in South Africa, New Zealand and has spent. we.

Evidence of this jet-set life can be heard in his transcontinental tone, which, as Norrie himself admits, can be difficult to spot. Yet Norrie insists that he feels completely British.

‘I consider myself British,’ he said earlier. ‘Both my parents are British. My mother is Welsh and my father is Scottish, with a dirty Scottish accent.’

No. 1 fan! Cameron Norie, 26, today became British No. 1 after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, the first time a British player has ever won the tournament. Watching his nail-biting final was his girlfriend Louise Jacoby who kissed him after the match

Proud: Cameron is the son of Scottish microbiologist David Norie and his Welsh wife Helen.  The couple pictured with Cameron and daughter Bronwen, live in New Zealand

Proud: Cameron is the son of Scottish microbiologist David Norie and his Welsh wife Helen. The couple pictured with Cameron and daughter Bronwen, live in New Zealand

Glamorous girlfriend: His girlfriend Louise Jacobi, pictured at left, watching from the stand, a textile designer who studied at London's prestigious Central St. Martins

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Glamorous Girlfriend: His girlfriend Louise Jacobi, pictured left and right, watching from the stand, a textile designer who studied at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins

Jet-set: The couple, who have been together since at least 2019, have traveled the world together.  Pictured, Cameron and Louise soak up the sun on the beach in an Instagram snap

Jet-set: The couple, who have been together since at least 2019, have traveled the world together. Pictured, Cameron and Louise soak up the sun on the beach in an Instagram snap

Norrie is the son of Glasgow-born David Norie and his wife Helen, originally from Cardiff.

The couple, who are both microbiologists, spent the first three years of their son’s life in Johannesburg, South Africa, before relocating to Auckland, New Zealand, following a ‘traumatic’ theft incident.

He raised Cameron and his daughter Bronwen there, giving both children the benefit of an active, outdoor lifestyle.

It was actually Helen, a skilled long-distance runner in her youth, who first introduced her son to tennis, giving him a saw-off squash racket so he could hit a ball in the driveway of the family home. can do.

Racket games run in blood. Father David is a former British varsity No. 1 squash player, while Helen also played at the varsity level.

His talent was noticed at a young age by the UK-born former New Zealand tennis player and former Davis Cup captain James Greenhall at the Auckland Tennis Academy.

Scottish roots: Cameron with his father David, on a trip to his hometown of Glasgow

Scottish roots: Cameron with his father David, on a trip to his hometown of Glasgow

Close up: Cameron with his mother Helen in France

With his sister Bronwen in New Zealand

Close up: Cameron with his mother Helen in France, left, and sister Bronwen in New Zealand

Mutual respect: Nori, right, with Sir Andy Murray, who has praised his 'unprecedented' victory

Mutual respect: Nori, right, with Sir Andy Murray, who has praised his ‘unprecedented’ victory

The rising star represented New Zealand as a junior, reaching number 10 in the world.

But there was a lack of funds from Tennis New Zealand, meaning that Helen and David had to pay for most of their son’s expenses and foreign tournaments.

Helen said in a 2017 interview, ‘Cameron got a little money, but not much. ‘And basically we did it all ourselves, with the support of Auckland Tennis.’

At the age of 16 Cameron, who supports the South Sydney Rabbitos rugby league team, the All Blacks rugby team and Newcastle United in football, moved to London to train full-time at the National Tennis Center in south west London.

The following year he switched to representing the UK.

In 2017 of his time at NTC, he said, ‘I was not used to playing so much tennis. ‘It was good but I was not used to it. The LTA gave me a lot of help and a lot of coaching, and it was too much for me to get on board. Everything was about tennis and I was not used to it.

Tea for two: Cameron and Louise spend Christmas time in London, pictured

Tea for two: Cameron and Louise spend Christmas time in London, pictured

Loved-up: Proud Lewis posted a supportive post for Cameron on her Instagram, as pictured

Loved-up: Proud Lewis posted a supportive post for Cameron on her Instagram, as pictured

With him: Lewis watched Cameron as he claimed another victory in the US in recent weeks

With him: Lewis watched Cameron as he claimed another victory in the US in recent weeks

In search of a more ‘normal and balanced life’, Cameron enrolled on a sociology scholarship at Texas Christian University in 2014, but admitted he was ‘more focused’ on his sport.

He continued: ‘I was just a little bit burned out by tennis after juniors and thought I wanted to do something else. College helped me learn to love the sport again.

In 2017, Norrie, the top-ranked college tennis player in America, turned pro.

Just eight months later he won his debut Davis Cup match against then world number 23 Roberto Bautista-Agut, described by former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd as ‘one of the most impressive debuts ever’.

On the tennis circuit he has become friends with fellow British tennis poster boy Sir Andy, who took time off to train with Norie when he made his senior debut at Wimbledon in 2017.

Nori said at the time, ‘He’s such a great role model and is at such a high standard that it weighs on you.

Now it is Sir Andy who is praising Nori after his victory, saying: ‘I would lie if I…

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