British No 1 Cam Norrie crashes out of the Miami Open after 6-3 6-3 defeat by Frenchman Gregoire Barrere to complete a disastrous week for Great Britain’s singles
- British singles hopes came to a miserable end when Cam Norrie was beaten
- Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Emma Raducanu and Dan Evans all exited earlier
- Norrie had treatment towards the end on his right ankle but he downplayed it
British singles hopes came to a miserable end when Cam Norrie was beaten to complete a rare wipeout at the Miami Open, with every GB player losing their opening match.
Scheduled for the day session but forced to wait until 930pm to start, the British number one was strangely flat, and fell to a contrastingly inspired performance from Frenchman Gregoire Barrere, who emerged a comfortable 6-3 6-3 winner on a sultry evening.
Norrie had treatment towards the end on his right ankle, and it was certainly not the kind of display one has come to expect from a player with 21 wins already this season.
His exit completed a terrible few days for the British contingent, and a flashback to darker times of the past. After the withdrawal of Jack Draper there were losses for Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Emma Raducanu, Norrie and Dan Evans, as well as nobody getting through qualifying.
The one strange occurrence in Norrie’s match was the net collapsing at 3-3 in the first set, causing a ten minute delay while it was fixed. From there it all went south with his forehand malfunctioning and returns struggling.
Cam Norrie was beaten to complete a rare wipeout at the Miami Open on Saturday night
Norrie fell to a contrastingly inspired performance from Frenchman Gregoire Barrere
‘I’m in a bit of a state of shock,’ admitted Norrie afterwards. ‘I had prepared well and was expecting a good run here. I’ve got to put this behind me quickly.’
He played down the ankle issue, saying, ‘I jammed it at 4-1 in the second but I had been feeling fine, it wasn’t a factor.’
Earlier on a scorching hot day Evans had fallen to what was his sixth defeat in a row of an underwhelming season, going down 4-6 6-3 6-2 to world number 59 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy.
Without a win since making the third round of the Australian Open, the GB number two’s lack of confidence showed with him only managing to convert one of the thirteen break points he created.
‘I feel pretty good when I’ve been on the court and I’ve been practising well,’ he said. ‘I’ve been missing a lot of break points in my matches and normally I’m pretty good at that, I think I was in the top ten for break points converted last year. I’ve not had something like this before, but at least I’m getting chances.
Dan Evans fell to his sixth defeat in a row after losing to world number 59 Lorenzo Sonego
‘When you’re not winning matches you don’t get a chance to much more chance to get back on the horse, no momentum, so it’s difficult. I did a good job in the first sert and then he played pretty well, one way traffic. I’ve not really got going this season and it’s frustrating.’
He now moves onto the European clay court season, although his next tournament is actually in Morocco.
‘It might be good for me to have a change of surface, it’s been a rough start to the season and maybe it’s time to have a week off, live a normal life, it has been pretty full on.’