Jack Draper Narrowly Defeated by Tommy Paul at Queen’s Club

Jack Draper Narrowly Defeated by Tommy Paul at Queen’s Club

Jack Draper’s remarkable two-week journey concluded with a close quarter-final loss to Tommy Paul at Queen’s Club. Draper, who recently secured his first ATP Tour title and ascended to British number one, narrowly missed out with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 defeat against the world number 13.

Over the past fortnight, Draper has achieved significant career milestones, including a notable victory over reigning Wimbledon and French Open champion Carlos Alcaraz.

This victory marked the biggest win of his career, showcasing his potential to compete at the highest level. Despite showing signs of fatigue, Draper’s performance ensures his seeding for Wimbledon, which commences on July 1.

In earlier matches, Britain’s Billy Harris fell short of reaching his first ATP semi-final, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti. Like Draper, Harris had an impressive run at Queen’s, which will propel him into the world’s top 150 rankings. Musetti advances to face Jordan Thompson, who stunned fourth seed Taylor Fritz with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Draper’s physical and emotional exertions were evident as he battled Paul. After exchanging early breaks in the first set, Draper’s serve faltered, giving Paul the edge he needed to take the set 6-3. Draper rallied in the second set, showcasing aggressive play and saving a set point before forcing a decider with a 7-5 win.

In the final set, Draper’s fatigue became apparent. Despite this, he fought valiantly, saving a break point and displaying quick court movement.

Draper kept the momentum going, rattling through his service games, but he began to tire, shouting “energy, energy, energy!” to himself as he saved a break point. However, a crucial service game lapse allowed Paul to break, ultimately leading to Draper’s defeat.

Paul now advances to the semi-finals to face either Australia’s Rinky Hijikata or fellow American Sebastian Korda. Draper’s exit from the tournament, despite the loss, is a testament to his improved fitness and resilience.

His performance over the past two weeks has undoubtedly marked him as a rising star in British tennis, with expectations high for his future endeavors, particularly at Wimbledon.