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.

He is coached by JET Coach Ryan Jones and also works closely with 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.

scheduleLast updated 18/10/2021
GB RANKING
Great Britain 7
WORLD RANKING
282 5 arrow_drop_down
CAREER HIGH
250 21/06/2021
DAVIS CUP TIES PLAYED
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Get to know Jack

  • Nickname: JD
  • Place of birth: Sutton
  • Lives: London
  • Trains: NTC/Wimbledon
  • Coach: Ryan Jones
  • Favourite surface: Hard
  • Favourite shot: Serve
  • Favourite tournament: Wimbledon
  • Tennis beginnings: 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.
  • 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
GB RANKING
Great Britain 28 2 arrow_drop_down
WORLD RANKING
854 5 arrow_drop_up
CAREER HIGH
739 22/02/2021
DAVIS CUP TIES PLAYED
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Get to know Jack

  • Nickname: JD
  • Place of birth: Sutton
  • Lives: London
  • Trains: NTC/Wimbledon
  • Coach: Ryan Jones
  • Favourite surface: Hard
  • Favourite shot: Serve
  • Favourite tournament: Wimbledon
  • Tennis beginnings: 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.
  • 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

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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.

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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.

2019 2019 addremove

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.

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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. 

Career Highlights Career Highlights addremove

Reaching the final of the Wimbledon Championships Boys Singles.

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