The Wimbledon quarter-finalist you probably didn’t know is an Newcastle United fan

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Newcastle United fans will feel an extra connection with the Wimbledon star

Wimbledon quarter-finalist and British hopeful Cameron Norrie has already won over the nation with his sparkling form on court, but Newcastle United fans will be feeling an extra connection with the tennis star.

South-African-born Norrie beat American Tommie Paul on Centre Court in three straight sets yesterday to book himself a place in the Grand Slam's quarter-finals.

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Norrie is now the last Brit standing at Wimbledon with Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu, Liam Broady and Heather Watson all knocked out of the singles.

The 26-year-old has flown relatively under the radar, despite being seeded in the Top 10 going into the competition.

As Norrie rises into the limelight, revelations about his life off-court are coming to the forefront.

The sportsman also follows football and, despite being born over 8,000 miles away from Tyneside, is a big Newcastle United fan.

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Cameron Norrie (right) is a NUFC fanCameron Norrie (right) is a NUFC fan
Cameron Norrie (right) is a NUFC fan

The revelation emerged as passionate Wimbledon followers set about renaming the famous 'Murray Mount' or 'Henman Hill'.

One name put forward was 'Cameron Kop', but the Magpies fan put an end to that by clarifying his allegiances.

Norrie has, nonetheless, claimed to have a soft spot for Fulham and Glasgow Rangers too - the star's father is a Glaswegian.

Next up for Norrie is a meeting with the unseeded Belgian David Goffin on Tuesday.

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The Brit, who praised the support of Centre Court on Sunday, has rallied the crowd to get behind him again.

Norrie said: "I think from the first round everyone has been behind me and supporting me.

"It's showed in tough moments in the matches - especially serving for the match there.

"There were a lot of things going round my head but I managed to stay calm and do it.

"It is a shock to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

"To play a match like that, a big one for both of us, to play the way I did was really good. I really enjoyed it."

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