Cameron Norrie puzzled by Novak Djokovic’s Finals entry via Wimbledon win, says it’s ‘unfair’ on Nick Kyrgios

Cameron Norrie in action Credit: Alamy
Cameron Norrie in action Credit: Alamy

Cameron Norrie has been left scratching his head over Novak Djokovic’s qualification for the ATP Finals on the back of winning Wimbledon while other players like Nick Kyrgios missed out.

Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title in July, beating Kyrgios in the final, but no points were awarded at the grass-court Grand Slam this year following the fall-out over the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at SW19.

As a result, Djokovic missed out on 2,000 points and he technically finds himself 10th in the Race for Turin with 2,730 points.

However, he is assured of his place in the ATP Finals on the back of winning a Grand Slam this year.

Rules state that one of the eight spot for the season-ending tournament is reserved for a player who won a major in the current year and is ranked from 8th–20th (Djokovic is currently at No 7 in the ATP Rankings).

The Serbian could still automatically book his place in the event if he successfully defends his Paris Masters crown this week.

Norrie, though, is baffled by why Djokovic’s Wimbledon title counted, but other players missed out. Australian Kyrgios would have collected 1,200 points for his run to the final and would also have been on the cusp of qualifying for Turin.

“Novak obviously qualified from Wimbledon so that seems a bit strange,” the British No 1 said.

“I don’t know if that was the rule before or not, but it seems unfair, I guess for Nick Kyrgios as well.

“He lost in the final and he gets nothing. I knew that I hadn’t had the points all along, but I was still in with a pretty decent chance I thought.”

Norrie himself missed out on Wimbledon ranking points as he would have picked up 720 points for reaching the semi-final, but his hopes of qualification was ended when he lost early in the Vienna Open last week.

However, an ATP spokesperson told the Daily Mail insisted that players all had the same opportunity to qualify for Turin via the Grand Slam rule.

“The removal of ranking points at this year’s Wimbledon was done on the basis of fairness to all players, and no further rule changes linked to the competition’s status were deemed necessary,” the spokesperson said.

“As such, any player competing at Wimbledon or the other Grand Slams this year had the opportunity to qualify for Turin via the Grand Slam qualification rule.”

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