Collapsed in 2021 with heat-related illness at the Miami Open, forcing him to pull out of his ATP Tour debut, and was also knocked down by a bout of coronavirus in the same year .
Former No.5 Jo Durie also said Draper was previously in a ‘dark place’ during lockdown and considered quitting tennis.
He even signed up for two distance learning courses, one on criminology, while he considered what to do, with the support and encouragement of Ryan Jones, his former personal coach.
However, in the last six months he seems to have regained his confidence and in June he explained that he expected an Emma Raducanu-style victory, saying his success had given many tennis players British people have “massive self-confidence”. that they could do something similar”.
Some of that bloody spirit could be the result of Draper’s background as the ultimate insider, growing up in Wimbledon Village and training at the same National Tennis Center his father had just commanded.
He has also previously credited Andy Murray as an inspiration for his game.
Now Britain’s number 4, he said he’s “had a lot of confidence boosters over the last few months now”, adding: “I’m afraid no one is going to this tournament.”
“Everyone I play against, I feel like I can win,” he said. “The games I lost this year, a lot of them, it had nothing to do with my tennis, it fell apart but that’s okay, it was about getting better physically.”
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. star tennis Jack Draper said the British jealous hoped that he would fail after triumph the US Open