Trotman was the coach who labored with Norrie after he made the choice a decade in the past to modify allegiance to Nice Britain, transferring greater than 10,000 miles from his house in Auckland, New Zealand to London.
Norrie opted to proceed his peripatetic tennis journey by transferring to the US and finding out at Texas Christian College however has stored Trotman as a part of his crew all through.
Cameron Norrie ought to consider he can upset Novak Djokovic and attain the Wimbledon remaining based on coach James Trotman, who has seen him develop from a inexperienced teenager into one of many world’s finest gamers.
“It was an enormous change for him, leaving house, it was an enormous determination,” stated Trotman.
“Actually, should you might see that 17-year-old now in comparison with the particular person you speak to and the readability he has on who he’s and what he desires to turn out to be and the way he’s going to go about it, it’s phenomenal.
“I’ve been round numerous superb gamers. Simply watching Cam’s pre-season coaching for the final 4, 5 years, the work he places by means of his physique, how a lot he’s pushing himself, there wouldn’t be too many gamers which are doing an identical type of job. It’s fairly unbelievable.”
Norrie was a top-10 junior however had not been extensively marked out as a participant headed for a similar degree of the senior sport previous to final yr’s phenomenal progress, which noticed him attain six ATP Tour finals and win the massive match in Indian Wells.
Backing that up this season was his subsequent problem and one he has risen to with aplomb, successful two extra titles and cracking the highest 10 for the primary time.
Trotman stated: “It’s simple to say now that you just at all times noticed some expertise in him. I noticed capability and I positively thought there was a participant there that might stay on the world stage.
“I believe the achievements he’s made have been phenomenal and he’s any person that retains shocking lots of people as a result of the traits that he exhibits, the mindset, his need, his perception, his work ethic, his bodily capability, he has an extremely awkward sport.
“There’s issues that possibly don’t soar out at lots of people except you’re round him and also you’re watching carefully, however I believe it’s fairly evident now with what he’s doing final yr and thru this yr that it was no fluke to win Indian Wells, to get himself on this planet’s high 10 and to search out himself right here within the semis of a grand slam.”
To succeed in a primary grand slam remaining, Norrie must obtain what no participant has managed since 2017 and defeat Djokovic at Wimbledon.
“The very first thing that Cam’s going to wish to do is carry out,” stated Trotman. “His crew have gone away, finished their tactical work, they’re going to have a plan for certain and methods the place they really feel like they’ll in all probability attempt to get at Novak, which clearly over time has been extremely troublesome, however, in a one-off match, he’s going to have the gang behind him, he’s going to be as assured as he’s ever been. Why can’t he do it?”
Trotman has taken over as full-time coach of Britain’s finest younger hope, Jack Draper, and solely now works with Norrie for just a few weeks every year.
The British primary’s full-time coach is Argentinian Facundo Lugones, who was a team-mate at TCU and has been with him all through his skilled profession.