The Life and Times of Jack Draper
The Life and Times of Jack Draper: British tennis hopeful Jack Draper recently scored some notable wins on the ATP Tour, his first win against a highly rated player in Alexander Bublik. The straight-sets win over Bubliks was just one of many for Draper, who is becoming a strong British prospect.
Draper took up tennis as a child and attributed his competitive nature to the battles he had with his brother. He credits much of his aggressive style of play to the first tennis matches he played with his father Roger, who served as the LTA’s general manager from 2006 to 2013.
A rising star on the ATP Tour, Oliver Draper has won four $25,000 ITF titles since turning professional in 2018. He has been a promising junior player since 2017, when he won three titles including an ITF final at Wimbledon and reached the United States final. Open Boys’ Championships before losing to Nicholas Mejia in the semi-finals. He reached an ITF Junior ranking of No. 7 late last year and is hoping to build on his recent success on tour.
In 2022, he became the youngest Briton to win three ATP Challenger titles in just two months and broke into the top 150 for the first time in his career.
James Trotman is a coach to whom LTA provides training support through its Professional Scholarship Scheme, which provides medical, training and financial support to top UK players.
Family: Father Roger was an amateur tennis player who became the CEO of the LTA from 2006 to 2013.
Tennis was something Jack’s mum coached and brought him to the club for his first training session when he was 6 years old.
Draper started the season by winning his first ATP Challenger title in Forli, beating fellow Briton Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-0 in the final.
He continued this good start to the season by reaching the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Challenger de Cherbourg in February as well as the semi-finals in doubles alongside Alexander Ritschard.
Drapare won his second Challenger tournament in 2022. Winning the matches, he finished with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tim Van Rijthoven in the final.
After beating American Alexander Ritschard 6-3, 7-6 in Forli, Draper became the youngest British player in history to win three ATP Challenger singles titles, overtaking Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund. He also broke into the world top 150 for the first time in his career.
At the Miami Open in March, Draper showed potential by beating Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-1. Draper’s next opponent was world number 12 Cameron Norrie, but he lost to him 7-6(5), 6-4.
In the first quarter of the season, Draper claimed his fourth Challenger title at Saint Brieuc with a 6-2 win over Frenchman Antoine Escoffier. For good measure, in the final he also beat Belgium’s Zizou Bergs 6-2, 5-7 in what was a dominating performance.
In May, Draper scored his first win when he beat world No. 28 Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-3 to secure a spot in the second round of the Madrid Open. Next up was Audrey Rublev, whose match with Draper went back and forth but ended 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
In a win over Ryan Peniston, he looked to win the trophy at Wimbledon. In June, he lost to Taylor Fritz by default. He then defeated Emil Ruusuvuori but was defeated in the second round.
Edison (Draper) reached his first ATP semi-final at Rothesay International Eastbourne, beating Jenson Brooksby before beating fourth seed Diego Schwartzman 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6- 2. In the semi-finals, he lost to Maxime Cressy 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-2.
In July, Draper became the first woman under 20 to compete in the second round of Wimbledon after defeating world No. 146 Zizou Berg in a straight-set masterclass. Despite taking the lead in the scoreboard early, Draper didn’t make it to the third round when she lost to Australian Alex de Minaur.