Norrie knocked out of junior Aussie Open

DAVID LONG
Last updated 18:06 22/01/2013

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New Zealand's Cameron Norrie has been knocked out of the junior tournament at the Australian Open, going down 6-3 6-1 to the world No 1 Nick Kyrgios from Australia.

The second round match lasted 52 minutes and the result means that there will be no further involvement in this year's Australian Open for any New Zealand player.

Norrie dropped serve in the match's first game and the signs were then ominous for him. However, he was able to get the break back midway through the set.

However he then suffered a terrible service game, giving his opponent easy points and blew any chance of taking that set.

The second set started with two breaks of serve, but from then on it was all one-way traffic for the big Australian.

Norrie will join up with Dan King-Turner, Michael Venus, Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell, who are all at Melbourne Park, playing in the Asia Pacific Tennis League in preparation for next week's Davis Cup tie against Lebanon in Albany.

The Asia Pacific Tennis League is a competition where the Australian states compete with each other and included in it for the first time is a team from New Zealand and one from the Pacific Islands.

Former New Zealand Davis Cup player, Rubin Statham is competing in the competition for a Victorian state team.

Also playing in the competition is a New Zealand women's team, who are using this as a build up for the Fed Cup, which takes place in Kazakhstan in two weeks' time.

The New Zealand team is Paige Hourigan, Emily Fanning, Emma Hayman, Abigail Guthrie and Claudia Williams.

The New Zealand Fed Cup team will be spearheaded by Marina Erakovic, who will play at the WTA tournament in Pattaya next week, before meeting up with the rest of the squad in Kazakhstan.

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