British tennis star Cameron Norrie noted that skipping the Tokyo Olympics was a difficult decision to make but he believes he made the right choice.
Norrie, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 30 in the world, had a chance to represent Great Britain in Tokyo and make his Olympic debut.
Instead, the 25-year-old Briton decided to play in Los Cabos this week.
In Los Cabos, Norrie is the top-seeded player.
“It’s very nice to represent your country, obviously, but with the schedule problems the opportunity to get points, due to quarantine, were limited,” Norrie said, per Tennis Up To Date.
Norrie making a good progress in Los Cabos
Norrie, who is the top-seeded player at an ATP event for the first time in his career, beat Ernesto Escobedo 6-1 6-1 to reach the Los Cabos semifinal.
Norrie broke Escobedo three times in the first set to easily win the opener.
Norrie failed to convert any of his three match points in the sixth game of the second set but served out for the match in the following game.
“I think this was better, get ready for the US Open, prioritize that. It was a difficult decision but I enjoy coming to Mexico and playing here, by these beaches.”
Norrie plays next against Taylor Fritz, who beat Steve Johnson.
“I felt really good on court,” said Fritz. “I felt the sun was a little bit tricky. There is room for me to play better, but some of the key parts of my game were feeling good.”
Fritz underlined he will have to play a great tennis in order to beat Norrie.
“I will have to play really good tennis,” said Fritz. “Cam always shows up and competes very hard. We are 3-3 in our [ATP] Head2Head and it has always been a battle. I know the level I have to play at to win.”