Jack Draper - Future Star?

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Jack Draper - Future Star?

Post by Born Slippy on Sun 14 Oct 2018, 11:57 am

Having made the Wimbledon junior final this year, losing a tough 3 setter, 16 year old left-handed Jack Draper looked a good prospect. At that time, he was unranked in the seniors but has subsequently focussed on competing in Futures events with post Wimbledon results of:

Belgium F6 - R16
Slovakia F3 - SF
GB F4 - Won
GB F5 - Won
Nigeria F4 - SF
Nigeria F5 - Won

All the above mean that, by the time the results flow through into the rankings (Futures events tend to be a week behind), he will be ranked about 420 in the world (having been unranked on 6.8.18). No other 16 year old is currently in the top 1000. Only one 17 year old, the very talented Molleker, will be ranked higher and only 2 or 3 18 year olds. Jack doesn’t turn 17 until December, so could go still higher before his next birthday.

I’d expect he may try and play a couple of Challengers before year end. Will be interesting to see how he goes with that extra step up in class. One to watch.

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Re: Jack Draper - Future Star?

Post by No name Bertie on Mon 15 Oct 2018, 12:58 pm

This week he is ranked at 573 with the last recorded tournament played being the Nigerian F4 tournament where he reached the SF.
I thought his father Roger Draper was a costly disaster as head of the LTA - but it seems what he should have been doing was siring more children.

It's strange how Britains elite level tennis players come from a very very very narrow gene pool - most having parents or grandparents as professional tennis players / tennis coaches or tennis related.

ps:
15. Kyle Edmund
87. Cameron Norrie
178 Jay Clarke

Both Norrie & Clarke came out of left field (at least for those that don't follow UK tennis so closely).  Norrie made a name for himself in the Davis Cup.

UK women - looking quite healthy looking and promising.
44. Johanna Konta (27)
89. Heather Watson (26)
96. Katie Boulter (22)
164. Naomi Broady (28)
165. Katie Swan  (age 19)
169. Harriet Dart (22)
172. Gabriella Taylor (20)

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