Jack Draper opens on learning from ‘great champion’ Andy Murray

Rising British star Jack Draper, 20, says being around Andy Murray has been absolutely great for him as he thinks his fellow compatriot is a great champion and an all-time great. 

Draper, the 2018 Wimbledon boys’ singles runner-up, is now one of the most promising players from Great Britain. 

This year, Draper has won four Challenger titles and he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 99 in the world. 

Draper has set high ambitions as he is not hiding that he would like to become a Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked player in the world. 

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion and has been ranked at the top spot as Draper would like to follow in the footsteps of his fellow compatriot and achieve major success in the game. 

“I was able to watch him a lot at an early age. I think he was in his prime when I was eight to 14. Watching him and being able to see the lessons just from his game without knowing him was great,” Draper said of Murray.

Draper: Being around a champion like Murray helps 

 “And then obviously I’ve had the chance to hit with him and get to know him during the latter part of his career. I think for a young player like myself, having that sort of influence and being able to be around that on a daily basis – because Andy is a champion – and to understand his habits and the way he lives his life in order to be a top tennis player definitely gives me a lot of lessons and a lot of confidence that I can hopefully go down the same path,” Draper added. 

This week, Draper competed at the Queen’s Club. 

In the first round, Draper upset Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz. 

After upsetting Fritz, Draper lost to Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round.