Texas Christian University Sophomore Cameron Norrie picked up his first ITF Futures title of the year this week at the $25k in Tulsa, Oklahoma in only his third international competition of the year, further proving that the Brit’s progress at collegiate level is preparing him exceptionally well for a future on the pro tour.
— TCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) June 26, 2016
Geez Cameron Norrie has bulldozed some really good American players this week
— Jonathan Kelley (@jokelley_tennis) June 26, 2016
Norrie, who also made the semi-finals of the NCAA Singles Championship last month as the fifth seed before losing to top seed Mikael Torpegaard, came through a tough draw at the event in Tulsa, which was packed with current and past collegiate players, to pick up a victory and 27 ranking points which will surge him past his previous career high of #637 when the points are added on in one week’s time.
Norrie had to come past three consecutive American seeded players in the second, third and fourth rounds before a final showdown which was somewhat of an anti-climax: the Brit took on sixth seed Clay Thompson in the second round and won 6-4 6-4 without being broken, before a comeback victory against top seed Mitchell Krueger 3-6 6-2 6-1 ended the American’s 7-match winning streak, and finally, leading 6-2 1-0 against third seed Tennys Sandgren, the Brit earned a slice of luck with the American picking up an injury and being forced out of the match.
In the final, Norrie took on another American, Ryan Haviland, and dropped just two games en route to a simple 6-1 6-1 victory, ensuring the win with 6 easy service holds and five breaks from seven looks on the Haviland serve – a very efficient performance indeed, and yet another tantalising glimpse of Norrie in international action: with the Brit’s only two previous efforts coming at ATP and Challenger level, we hope to see more of Norrie going deep into Futures events before the summer ends and his inevitable return to collegiate action continues.
Norrie wasn’t the only Brit to pick up decent points this week: both Eden Silva through qualifying and Beth Grey did relatively well at the $10k event in Portugal. When we left them, both players were poised for winnable second round matches, and won they were, with Silva upsetting 8th seed Maria Martinez Martinez of Spain 3-6 6-4 7-6(4) in a tense deciding set tiebreak, while Grey beat Finn Mia Eklund for the second time this year 6-3 6-3 to join Silva in the quarters. Grey took a step closer to the final after taking the first set against Joana Vale Costa of Portugla before the home favourite retired through injury, while Silva drew the top seed and went down 7-5 6-1 in a decent display against the world #484. Grey then faced the top seed too, Argentinian Victoria Bosio, and went the same way as her compatriot, losing 6-3 6-4 – but a very good week overall for the girls in Portugal.
Elsewhere, Farris Gosea made the quarter-finals in Canada, while the campaigns of Samuel Ferguson, Mason Recci, Jamie Praditngam, Mirabelle Njoze and Natasha Hillyer got no further than our last update, with Praditngam missing out on the chance to enter the ATP Rankings following a 6-0 6-1 defeat to Pascal Meis of Germany in Belgium.
WIN: Cameron Norrie (USA $25k)
SF: Sarah Beth Grey (Portugal $10k)
QF: Farris Gosea (Canada $25k); [Q] Eden Silva (Portugal $10k)
R2: [Q] Samuel Ferguson (Zimbabwe $10k);  Francesca Stephenson (Slovenia $10k);
R1: [LL] Joshua Paris (Spain $25k + H); [Q] Mason Recci, [Q] Jamie Praditngam (Belgium $10k);  Mirabelle Njoze, Sabrina Bamburac (Egypt $10k); [Q] Emily Dowdeswell Koti (Mauritius $10k); [Q] Natasha Hillyer, [Q] Soumeya Anane, [Q] Chelsea May Samways (Turkey $10k)
FQR: Tiffany William (France $25k); Pierre Luiggi (Belgium $10k); Jonathan Gray (Hong Kong $10k); Suzy Larkin (Turkey $10k); [q9] Andrew Watson (USA $10k)
QR2: Daniel Manlow (Canada $25k); Dominique Covington (Portugal $10k); Max Andrews (Romania $10k)
QR1: Robyn Beddow, Samuel Beddow (Korea $10k); Chloe Compson (Netherlands $10k); Josh Wilson (USA $10k); Joe Cooper (Zimbabwe $10k)