Former British No. 1 Tim Henman has predicted a vivid future for rising British star Jack Draper. This week, world No. 149 Draper clinched his first Masters victory after beating former world No. 6 Gilles Simon 7-5 6-1. “He’s bought weapons.
He’s a lefty, he’s bought an enormous serve, he’s bought a extremely heavy forehand. He’s introduced that physicality, he’s placed on a whole lot of muscle mass, he’s athlete,” Henman instructed the ATP Tour web site.
“He’s including components to his sport. It’s nonetheless early days, however so long as he stays wholesome, we’ll see much more from him sooner or later”. A 12 months in the past, Draper collapsed throughout his Miami opener as a result of warmth.
“It’s been nice to look at his development,” Henman added. “And clearly if you take note of the place he was 12 months in the past right here, in related situations, and he was cooked after a set… to see him play towards a category opponent and are available out on high, each in tennis phrases, however in bodily phrases [too], it’s good instances”.
Henman displays on Draper’s match towards Novak Djokovic
Draper, 20, made his Wimbledon debut final 12 months after being awarded a wildcard into the event. Draper did not have luck with the draw as he drew world No.
1 Novak Djokovic within the first spherical. Nevertheless, Draper put up a gutsy efficiency as he got here out and gained the primary set earlier than Djokovic stormed again to win 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2. “I used to be there. Robust draw, wasn’t it?” Henman stated.
“However he embraced that problem. He misplaced that day however to take a set off Djokovic, the primary set he’s performed on Centre Courtroom at Wimbledon, he did himself proud and he would have learnt lots. As I stated, I feel it gained’t be lengthy earlier than he’s again out on Centre Courtroom once more”.
Draper has already three Challenger titles this 12 months as he’s hoping to quickly change into a daily participant of the primary degree occasions.