ROCK GOD Jon Bon Jovi has told Cameron Norrie ‘I’ll be there for you’ at Wimbledon with surprise visit
The 61-year-old American singer struck up a surprising friendship with the British no. 1 at the Miami Open in March when they completed rally practice together.
Norrie’s girlfriend is friends with the Jovi family and the Livin’ on a Prayer songwriter intends to see him in action at SW19 next month.
Norrie, not your typical rock ‘n’ roll athlete, said: “He’s becoming more and more fond of tennis. I think he will perform at Wimbledon.
“It’s cool to see him enjoying it. Getting to know him and hanging out was great.
“I’m not really the biggest of his fans. Obviously I respect his music and I know a lot of his songs.
“It’s cool to see how he’s getting into tennis and liking it. Hopefully I’ll see him hit some balls over the course of Wimbledon.
“I’m sure he will enjoy Wimbledon. I think he has a few shows planned for the British summer as well.”
Before that, of course, Norrie is hoping for great glory at the French Open – provided he can qualify for the fourth round for the first time.
Today he meets Lorenzo Musetti for the second time in six weeks – the 21-year-old Italian won their last meeting at the Barcelona Open in April.
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Should he break new ground on Parisian sand, he could compete against world number one Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday.
In the stands will be members of the Norrie clan after deciding to relocate from Kiwi country.
Norrie’s Scottish father and Welsh mother have now moved to the UK full-time after moving home from New Zealand after 25 years.
The parents want to be closer to their son – who is ranked No. 13 in the world – and their daughter, who lives in London.
Norrie said: “My mum came to see my last game. She survived the train.
“It’s not like you come here from New Zealand with two huge flights. I think she will stay for the rest of the tournament now.
“Or she can switch back and forth between days if she wants.
“It’s so nice to have my parents with me. It makes it so much easier.
“I get to spend a little more time with them during the weeks off and that can definitely have a big, positive impact on my life off the pitch.
“My sister is coming to watch on Friday. You and my mother will be able to enjoy Paris a little.
“I don’t know anything about my father – he has to take care of the dogs.”