“He was kind enough, a very sociable boy. He got along well with everyone and was very close, but also quite competitive. ” With that phrase, Facundo Lugones describes Cameron Norrie (26th), the British tennis player who is one step away from achieving glory at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. A curious relationship of more than four years that continues to consolidate.
Lugones had a brief career as a tennis player: he was present in some Futures between 2009 and 2011 and even participated in the qualy of the ATP of Buenos Aires. In any case, his great appearance in the world of tennis came from his bond with Norrie.
The Texas Christian University was the common point, there they met. “There was not much structure in his life, it was all a bit random. But he was very competitive, he was fun to be with, he was a great friend. He was like any other university student, above all he was looking to have fun, “Lugones told the ATP Tour in an interview before Indian Wells.
The relationship was consolidated over time and the Argentine understood perfectly how to be a benchmark for the British. “I wouldn’t say I helped him, but I tried to be a role model and a good example for him. He did not like to be told things, but he noticed the good and copied it“, he stressed.
One aspect that he managed to reconvert to Norrie was maturity. “Now he is a little more professional and mature”, highlighted Lugones. In turn, one of Norrie’s main virtues on the court is his versatility to move with ease from one bark to another and always stay alive in front of the rival.
In this sense, Lugones pointed it out: “Its main advantage in the physical section is its resistance. He can not only play a couple of hours, but four hours while maintaining the same physical level. Some players can be physical, but only for two hours. I think you have the stamina to do it for many hours and days at a time, one after the other. He moves very well, he’s explosive, but I think his main virtue is endurance. “
At Indian Wells, Norrie will be looking to lift his first Masters 1000 title against Nikoloz Basilashvili (36th). One more challenge for the Argentine-British duo, which continues to add filming on the circuit and seems to take hold more and more.
Before the decisive duel, the 26-year-old tennis player told ESPN Tennis: “My coach Facundo Lugones is a great leader, very professional and he helped me a lot along the way. It has been a great partnership that we made with him“.
Together they already got a title, in Los Cabos this year. Apart from that of Indian Wells, they reached five finals on their journey. Without a doubt, a Masters 1000 definition is the first big challenge for both of them.