British media typically gets giddy when a British player makes it deep into a tournament – any tournament. Cameron Norrie is about to break into the Top 20 rankings in the world and become the top- ranked Brit on the men’s tour. The response from the British press has been muted.
That’s partly because Norrie was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand, studied in the United States, and is now representing Britain. He was able to get British citizenship because his parents are Scottish (father) and Welsh (mother). His parents still live in New Zealand.
Cameron Norrie represented New Zealand until 2013 when he got his British citizenship. He still speaks with a strong New Zealand accent and his interviews are unlikely to connect with the British public.
Johanna Konta, who was born in Australia, received a similar reception from the press despite reaching the semifinals at grand slams multiple times.
What about Emma Raducanu, though? She wasn’t born in Britain either. Her parents are not from Britain but she moved there when she was 2. She has a strong British accent that cements her British status. She also won a grand slam – a much higher bar than becoming the country’s number 1 player or going deep in a tournament.
Being ignored by the British media is not a bad thing. Being scrutinized after every loss and constantly being in the limelight can be tough for any athlete.