World No. 12 Cameron Norrie revealed he contracted virus over the festive period and that cost him a week of practice.
However, the positive thing was that Norrie recovered without any feelings.
“‘I had no symptoms, I was very fortunate,” Norrie said, per The Daily Mail.
Norrie lost to Alexander Zverev in his first match of the season but Great Britain still beat Germany.
Dan Evans beat Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening match of the tie, before Evans and Jamie Murray beat Zverev and Kevin Krawietz.
“The team win is most important,” Evans said. “We all did our job today.
“Cam played a great match. He was a little unlucky and then got back out on the court and was, as always, getting fired up and that’s what we all agree before any team event, that’s what we’ll do for each other.”
Norrie embracing his new position
Norrie won his maiden Masters title last year and came on the verge of breaking into the top-10.
“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 before the start of the ATP Cup.
“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 thinks the ATP Cup will provide a perfect preparation for the Australian Open.
“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.”