Last updated: 28/06/2023
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Get to know Jack Draper
Jack Draper is one of the brightest prospects in British tennis – as reflected in his 223-place rise up the ATP rankings in 2022, which saw him end the year ranked inside the Top 50.
He burst onto the scene with impressive victories over Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik at the 2021 cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club and has since been on an upwards trajectory – becoming the youngest Brit to win three ATP Challenger titles in two months, the first Brit to qualify for the Next Gen Finals and building strong performances in the 2022 Rothesay International Eastbourne, Canada Masters and US Open.
He is coached LTA National Coach James Trotman at the National Tennis Centre as part of his support through the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, which provides medical, coaching and financial support to Britain’s highest potential young players.
- Nickname: JD
- Place of birth: Sutton
- Lives: London
- Trains: NTC/Wimbledon
- Favourite tournament: Wimbledon
- Family: Father Roger was a talented amateur tennis player and Chief Executive of the LTA from 2006 to 2013. Mother Nicky is a former British junior champion and introduced Jack to tennis
Draper started playing at his local Sutton Tennis & Squash club as a child, competing with his brother under the tutelage of mother and tennis coach, Nicky. As a coach at the club, Nicky brought Jack along to his first training session at the age of 6.
An ongoing shoulder injury led Draper to miss the grass court season and continue his rehab away from the courts.
Draper enjoyed an excellent run at the Lyon Open, where he breezed past Alexandre Muller and Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets. In the quarter-final, Draper battled against Francisco Cerundolo where he just missed out on a spot in the semi-final, losing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The young Brit then headed to the French Open where he unfortunately had to retire from his first round match against Argentina's Tomas Etcheverry due to injury.
Draper reached the Round of 16 at a Masters 1000 event for the second time in his career at Indian Wells - his first appearance since the Australian Open. During his run, he dispatched fellow Brit Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2 in the second round before defeating Andy Murray 7-6(6), 6-2 in the third round. Draper went on to face Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round but had to retire due to injury.
Draper was selected to represent Great Britian for the first time in his career at Davis Cup qualifiers.
Draper kicked-off his year at the Adelaide International 1 where he reached the second round.
At the Adelaide International 2 event, Draper reached the semi-finals without dropping a set, before missing out on a spot in the final in a 7-6(6), 6-7(2), 6-3 defeat to Japan's Kwon Soon-woo.
Draper faced the biggest challenge of his career so far against Rafael Nadal in the opening round of the Australian Open, battling hard before losing out 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Draper made history when he became the first British player to qualify for the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Draper beat Dominic Striker, Chun Hsin Tseng and Lorenzo Musetti to make it to the semi-finals, where he eventually bowed out to Brandon Nakishima in a 4-3(6), 1-4, 4-2, 4-3(5) defeat.
Draper concluded his year by being nominated in two categories at the 2022 ATP Awards - 'Most Improved Player of the Year' and 'Newcomer of the Year'.
Draper continued to shine in Montreal where he blitzed qualifiers to go on and overcome the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils to advance to the quarter-finals. The 20-year-old eventually exited the tournament following a 7-6(4), 6-1 defeat to eventual champion, Pablo Carreno-Busta.
The young Brit reached the quarter-final at the Winston-Salem Open, where he picked up wins against Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem.
Draper looked to go from strength-to-strength as he made a praiseworthy debut at the US Open. The Brit’s performance was rewarded with two straight-sets wins over Finland’s Ruusuvuori and the world No.13, Felix Auger-Aliassime, before being forced to retire in his third round clash with Karen Khachanov due to injury.
Draper reached the second round of Wimbledon after defeating the world No.146, Zizou Bergs, in a straight-sets masterclass. However, despite being the first to take the scoreboard advantage, the 20-year-old fell short of the third round after losing in four sets to Australia’s Alex de Minaur.
After losing to Ryan Peniston in Surbiton, Draper turned his attention to the cinch Championships, where he got the biggest win of his career to date against world No.14 Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 before losing to Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round.
Draper reached his first ATP semi-final at the Rothesay International Eastbourne. He defeated Jenson Brooksby before taking down fourth seed Diego Schwartzman. In the semi-final he lost to Maxime Cressy 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-2.
Draper made his maiden appearance at the Madrid Open, defeating world No.28, Lorenzo Sonego, before losing out to Andrey Rublev in the second round after a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 defeat.
Draper received a wildcard for the Miami Open where he continued to show his potential, where he reached the second round after defeating the experienced Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-1.
He then added a fourth Challenger title to his collection in Saint Brieuc - a record through the first quarter in any ATP Challenger season. In the final, Draper beat Belgium’s Zizou Bergs 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Draper’s strong start to the season continued as he reached the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Cherbourg Challenger, as well as the semi-finals in doubles alongside Alexander Ritschard.
Draper rose into the top 200 for the first time after winning his second ATP Challenger title in Forli, where he dropped one set in five matches to claim the title, after a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tim Van Rijthoven.
After defeating Ritschard 6-3, 7-6 in Forli; Draper became the youngest British player in history to win three ATP Challenger singles titles, surpassing Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund. He also broke into the World’s top 150 for the first time in his career.
Draper started the season by winning his first ATP Challenger title in Forli, defeating fellow Brit Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
Draper reached the final in May of ITF M25 in Prague on clay, losing to Manuel Gulnard, having defeated the top seed in the quarter-finals.
Draper clinched his first ATP Tour match win at the cinch Championships at the Queen's Club after receiving a wildcard to the tournament. Here he upset two top 40 players including third seed Jannik Sinner to reach the quarter-finals where he just fell short against fellow Brit Cam Norrie. Competing at the tournament helped Draper improve his ranking by 59 places to reach a career-best of world No.250.
He then went on to make his ATP Tour debut in Miami as a wild card, where he faced Mikhail Kukushkin but unfortunately had to retire due to heat illness.
Won the M25 GB Pro Series event in Sunderland in March, runner up in same level event in Glasgow the week previously. Was in Potchefstroom, SA, for ATP Challenger tournament when Covid-19 suspension was announced.
Spent much of the year’s early stages recovering from hip and finger injuries. Reached the second round of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, defeating Yunseong Chung of South Korea in the first round. Eventually lost out to Dan Evans in round two. Played in a number of ITF M25 events and reached the semi final of the M25 Glasgow, losing in straight sets to Antoine Escoffier of France. Failed to get through Wimbledon qualifying but will partner Paul Jubb as a double wildcard.
Draper achieved a career high ITF Junior Ranking of No.7 at the end of 2018. Made a national splash aged 16 reaching the boys singles final at The Championships, Wimbledon - a run which included a 4hr, 23-minute 7-6(5) 6-7(8) 19-17 semi-final win over Colombia’s Nicolas Mejia. He eventually lost to Taiwanese top seed Tseng Chun-hsin in three sets 6-1 6-7(7) 6-4 on Court 1. After this he turned professional.
- Finished runner-up at the Wimbledon Championships Boys Singles.
- Reached the quarter-finals on his debut at the cinch Championships at The Queen's Club.
- Won his first ATP Challenger title in Forli at the beginning of the 2022 season.
- Became the youngest Brit to win three ATP Challenger singles titles at the age of 20 - lifting three trophies in two months.
- Draper added a fourth Challenger title to his collection in Saint Brieuc - a record through the first quarter in any ATP Challenger season.
Who is Jack Draper's coach?
James Trotman is Draper's coach.
What has Jack Draper won?
Draper's won 11 titles in total: four ATP Challengers, four ITF M25 tournaments and three ITF Futures.
When did Jack Draper start playing tennis?
At age six Draper began playing tennis at his local club in Sutton. He was introduced to the sport by his mum, Nicky, who was a former British junior champion and coached at the local club.
Has Jack Draper played for Great Britain in the Davis Cup?
While he was selected to represent Great Britain in the 2023 qualifying match against Colombia, Draper hasn't yet played for Great Britain in the Davis Cup.
When did Jack Draper win his first title?
Draper won his first ITF Futures title at a Nottingham event in 2018, beating Brit Andrew Watson in the final 3-6 7-6 6-0. He won his first ATP Challenger in 2022 at Forli, Italy, where he beat another Brit Jay Clarke in the final 6-3 6-0.
*ATP Challenger and ITF titles have been combined in the overall ITF titles on this page
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