New Zealand's top junior, Cameron Norrie, will mark down his time at the Australian Open as a good experience, but an indicator of how much he needs to improve.
Norrie lost, 6-3, 6-1 to third seed Nick Kyrgios on the 3000 capacity Show Court Three yesterday.
The match lasted just under an hour and although Norrie broke Kyrgios' big serve twice, the Aucklander only held his own serve on two occasions also.
Kyrgios is ranked No 1 in the world and he capitalised on the unforced errors made by Norrie, quite a few made when the New Zealander looked to have the point in the bag.
"I found it hard to get going," Norrie said afterwards.
"I didn't hit many balls in and I could have played better.
"I didn't take my chances, so it wasn't a great match.
"It was a good experience and I learnt a lot, but I served really badly and couldn't construct the points, but I'll take a lot from this for next time."
Norrie will play in the other three Grand Slams this year and also plans to enter a number of Futures tournaments on the men's circuit.
At the age of 17 and ranked No 42 in juniors, Norrie has to make a decision this year whether to go fulltime on the world circuit in 2014, or do what New Zealand's top girl's junior, Emily Fanning, is doing and go to university in America.
"I will see how I'm playing," he said.
"If things don't go too well I'll probably go to college, but if I get some good results I'll decide otherwise."
Having beat Siyu Liu from China in the first round, Norrie can take some satisfaction at being the only New Zealander to win a main draw match at this Grand Slam.
Marina Erakovic didn't win a match in singles and doubles, while the other juniors, Paige Hourigan, Emily Fanning and Bridget Liddell all lost their first-round main draw matches.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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