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Quote of the Day: “Norrie Knoll?” Fans christen The Hill with new name amid Brit’s breakthrough run
"I don't even know what a knoll is," lamented British No. 1 Cameron Norrie, after reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal on home soil.
Published Jul 05, 2022
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Aorangi Terrace—also known simply as The Hill—at the All England Club has taken on many different names over the decades.
As British title contenders make their mark in the late stages of their home Grand Slam, fans at the popular Wimbledon destination christen the hill with a new title: Last year, it was called the Raducanu Ridge, in honor of Emma Raducanu’s unforgettable debut, and during Johanna Konta’s peak years it was dubbed the Konta Contour.
When Andy Murray finally broke the home country’s trophy drought in 2013, it was known as Murray Mound. But it was called Henman Hill when the tradition of picnicking behind Court No. 1 to watch the tennis began in the 90s—in honor of four-time Wimbledon semifinalist and longtime standard-bearer Tim Henman.
Now, with British No. 1 Cameron Norrie reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal on home soil, The Hill could take on a brand new name. Only this one doesn’t quite have the same ring as all the rest, according to a skeptical Norrie:
Q. Some fans have been calling The Hill “Norrie Knoll” today. How does that sound?
CAMERON NORRIE: I heard that as well. I don't even know what a knoll is (laughter). I would say it doesn't roll off the tongue as well as Henman Hill. But, yeah, I don't even know what a knoll is.
Q. You'll take it?
CAMERON NORRIE: I'll take it.
Will the new name Norrie Knoll stick? A “knoll” is a “small hill or mound” so it fits the criteria, but boy this alliteration stuff is tough. Cameron Crag? Cam’s Cliff?
The 26-year-old probably won’t care either way, as he’s through to the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time and his next opponent is none other than the three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.
With Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the stands, Norrie overcame David Goffin 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a dramatic contest on Court No. 1. The Brit was in tears as he took it all in afterwards, but he’s already looking ahead to his next battle.
“I think it's obviously one of the toughest tasks in tennis,” he said. “I'd say grass is his favorite surface and his record is unbelievable here at Wimbledon. It's going to be tough.
“Now [I’m] looking forward to taking it to him and seeing the level he brings.”