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Auckland | Norrie secures second round spot

Auckland | Norrie secures second round spot

Cameron Norrie has made the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland, with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Benoit Paire in under an hour, who, at one stage looked as if he had fallen asleep.

I didn’t want to fall into the trap of taking him lightly, when he’s being casual Cameron Norrie

The Frenchman was playing on the opening day having flown from Pune where he was playing last week. The journey took him 30 hours arriving on Sunday with little time to get over jet-lag and acclimatise himself. It is no wonder he was annoyed at the scheduling, posting on Twitter: “30h of travel from my hotel room to Pune to Auckland, I left Saturday at 1:30 a.m. from the hotel I arrive Sunday at 3pm in Auckland, 7:30 am jet lag and I am scheduled on Monday!!!!!!!”

Understandably he put in a poor performance and appeared to fall asleep at one change of ends but Norrie didn’t allow himself to be distracted by his opponent’s antics.

Benoit Paire blasts the Auckland scheduling

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“He’s being very casual and then he can suddenly turn it on, break you quickly, be back in the match and serving well.

“I didn’t want to fall into the trap of taking him lightly, when he’s being casual. He’s still serving well and hitting some drop shots extremely well, so it’s tough to stay focused and he is playing quickly.”

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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