Cameron Norrie is hoping to be a home banker at his second Wimbledon because he is saving to buy a house in London.
The South African-born star grew up in New Zealand and went to university in Texas – and his accent is all over the place.
But the left-hander, who has a Scottish father and Welsh mother, showed he is a Brit special with his stunning Davis Cup debut earlier this year and the British No.2 has already climbed up to world No.79 after only 12 months as a pro. But getting on and up the property ladder promises to be harder.
“I am saving for a house in London so going a few rounds in Wimbledon would certainly help,” Norrie said. “It’s a good incentive. 100 per cent. I am looking now – I don’t really have the time to look properly – but I would like to buy a house in London. Putney, Wimbledon – that kind of area.
"It’s pretty expensive. I will have to have a big Wimbledon to be able to get a place in Wimbledon. That’s the plan. Third round, fourth round at Wimbledon would be good.”
Winning three matches at the grass-court Grand Slam is worth £163,000 – enough to pay a deposit even in south-west London.
On Monday he faces Aljaz Bedene, the former British No.2 who has returned to represent Slovenia because he could not play for Great Britain in the Davis Cup or Olympics.
Asked where he thinks is home, Norrie said: “I couldn’t tell you. I’d like to say London. My parents still live in New Zealand. I’m on the road constantly. I’d like to say in a couple of years, London.”
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