Last updated: 18/05/2022
Last updated: 18/05/2022
LTA SUPPORT Pro Scholarship Programme
Jack Draper is one of the brightest prospects in British tennis, and turned heads on the ATP Tour for the first time with impressive victories over Jannik Sinner and Alexander Bublik at the 2021 cinch Championships at The Queen’s Club. His straight sets win over highly-rated Sinner was his first on the ATP Tour.
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. He attributes much of his competitive nature and attacking game-style to these early days of trying to get the better of his brother. Draper’s father, Roger, was LTA Chief Executive from 2006 to 2013.
A big hitting left-hander, Draper made enjoyed success at junior level, winning three ITF Futures titles in 2018 before reaching the final of the Wimbledon Boys’ competition later that year – a run which included a 4 hour 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. Draper achieved a career high ITF Junior Ranking of No.7 at the end of 2018. He has won four ITF $25k titles since turning pro, and hopes to build on recent success on the ATP Tour.
In 2022 he became the youngest Brit to win three ATP Challenger titles in just two months and rose into the top 150 for the first time in his career.
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
Mother Nicky was a coach at a local club in Sutton and brought Jack along to his first training session at the age of 6.
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.
His strong start to the season continued as he reached the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Cherbourg Challenger in February, 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 2022 in Forli. The rising star dropped one set in five matches to claim the title, finishing with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tim Van Rijthoven in the final.
After defeating USA’s Alexander 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 received a wildcard for the Miami Open where he continued to show his potential, defeating the experienced Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-1. The youngster proceeded to the second round where he put on a strong display against the world No.12, Cameron Norrie, just falling short 7-6(5), 6-4.
Draper added a fourth Challenger title to his collection in Saint Brieuc - a record through the first quarter in any ATP Challenger season. The 20-year-old defeated Frenchman Antoine Escoffier 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 to secure his place in the final, where he continued his fine form by beating Belgium’s Zizou Bergs 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Soaring up the rankings, Draper made his mark in his maiden appearance at the Madrid Open, defeating world No.28, Italian Lorenzo Sonego, 6-4, 6-3 to guarantee himself a spot in the second-round. Audrey Rublev was next up, with Draper taking the first set with a comfortable 6-2 lead, before eventually losing 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Draper reached the final in May of ITF M25 in Prague on clay, losing to Manuel Gulnard, having defeated the top seed in the QF. At Queens won his first ATP Tour match thanks to a WC (similar to Murray), upsetting two top 40 players including No.3 seed Sinner to reach the QF (falling to Norrie) improving his ranking 59 spots to a career-best No.250. Made his ATP Tour debut in Miami as a WC, retiring to Kukuskin after losing the first set 7-5 with heat illness. Earlier in the year was a QF twice in Egypt and Czech Republic on ITF circuit, coming back from a Covid diagnosis in January.
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.
*ATP Challenger and ITF titles have been combined in the overall ITF titles on this page
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