World No. 12 Cameron Norrie thinks players will treat him with more respect this year and will want to beat him.
Norrie, 26, enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 as he made six finals.
Norrie captured his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos, before winning the biggest title of his career at the Indian Wells Masters.
After a great 2021 season, Norrie is set to kick off his 2022 campaign by representing Great Britain at the ATP Cup.
“A lot of the time last year, I was being the underdog, going out and hunting those guys. Whereas now, I think, some of the time, it’s going to be people hunting me,” Norrie said, per the ATP Cup website.
“The pressure only gets more, but I’m looking forward to it. [I] feel good physically and [I’m] excited to kick off the year in such a great team event.”
Norrie excited about the ATP Cup
Great Britain was drawn in Group C with the United States, Canada and Germany.
“I think these are exactly the matches I want to be playing leading into the Australian Open, and no better way to do it,” said Norrie. “It’s going to be tough, but [I’m] really looking forward to it… I think I’m feeling good physically. [I’m] really enjoying my tennis. That’s been a big factor. [I’m] really looking forward to hopefully backing it up again next year.”
Norrie and world No. 25 Dan Evans are hoping to lead Great Britain to a good result in Sydney.
“It’s been good to be around the guys,” said Evans. “It’s a different event, and you can have a lot more fun being around teammates. Normally, you’re very selfish and looking after your own preparations, but it’s cool to see everybody else out there getting ready. We’re all in it as one this week.”