British tennis star Cameron Norrie has withdrawn from this week’s ATP 250 event in Eastbourne.
Norrie, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 34 in the world, ended runner-up to Matteo Berrettini in Sunday’s Queen’s final.
Norrie had been scheduled to play this week in Eastbourne but he will instead take a rest ahead of Wimbledon.
Norrie fought well against Berrettini but fell just short as the Italian won 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3.
“[It was an] unbelievable week,” Berrettini said during the trophy ceremony. “If I think about [Boris’] name and my name, it’s crazy. I was dreaming about playing this tournament. I was watching [it] when I was a kid and now I had the chance to lift the trophy, so it’s a dream come true.”
“It was definitely a really good week. When you win a tournament, it means that you’re playing good. But I think during the tournament, after every match I was increasing my level. I think today I had to play my best tennis, especially in the important points, to win… I’m really happy with my performance overall.”
Berrettini praised Norrie
“He’s a great player. We never played each other and I think this year he’s shown how he can play on all surfaces,” Berrettini said. “He’s made finals, he’s playing great tennis… I’m sure he’s going to lift a title really soon.”
Norrie thought he “did everything he could” against Berrettini.
“I think I played okay. The first set I just donated him the break, and that was the first set. I didn’t have any really chances on his serve,” Norrie said. “But he’s tricky because he’s obviously serving very good [on the] first and second serve, and then you’re back to serving very quickly. Obviously not easy, but I did everything I could.”
Norrie will be replaced by a lucky loser in Eastbourne.