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Jack Draper received supportive texts from Carlos Alcaraz during injury hell ahead of US Open run, and even has modelling contract


Jack Draper is the last Brit standing at the US Open and has a tough clash to make it through to the quarter-finals.

The 21-year-old is into the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time and had to take out American Michael Mmoh on home soil to do so.

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Draper silenced the US Open crowd as he reached the last-16Credit: Getty

Next up for Draper is a tough clash with Andrey Rublev, who has been to the last eight in a Slam on eight occasions.

The fact he is this far at the US Open is remarkable in itself as there were real fears he would not be able to even play.

Injuries have hampered his progress in 2023 with a shoulder injury forcing him to miss Wimbledon.

Before the tournament began, he had completed just four matches since retiring at the French Open in May.

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Draper has even been getting words of support and encouragement from world number one Carlos Alcaraz.

“I was actually speaking to Jack Draper back in Miami after he’d had to pull out of the tournament there having injured himself in Indian Wells,” retired British star Laura Robson said.

“He was getting texts from Carlos saying, ‘Let me know if you need anything. Reach out if you want to have a chat about how you’re feeling, about having so many injuries on and off.’ And just got the situation. And Jack’s got nothing but good things to say about him. But I can’t think of anyone who has got a bad thing to say about him.”

Draper himself even admitted his main goal was to just stay fit in New York.

Draper has gone through injury hell in 2023

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Draper has gone through injury hell in 2023Credit: Getty

“I mean, when I am playing, I’m not here just to be here and be happy to play. I’m a competitor when I get into the matches. I want to win everything,” he said.

“Definitely at the start of the week, there was real concern about my body and with the year I’ve had, whether I’d be able to play one match.

“Obviously it’s the best-of-five sets, so it’s completely different to what a three-set match even holds.

“You know, we just wanted to stay fit this trip. That was kind of the goal, you know, to get consistent competition in, because that’s just something I haven’t had.

“To come here this week and to play the way I have and to compete the way I have and for my body to hold up has been, it’s been pretty special for me, really.”

Draper has quickly risen up through the professional ranks

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Draper has quickly risen up through the professional ranksCredit: Getty

His route to the last-16 demonstrates the massive potential of the young British star, who achieved a career high ranking of 38 earlier this year.

Draper’s promise was evident from a young age having reached the Wimbledon Juniors final in 2018.

The now Princess of Wales was there to console a 16-year-old Draper, asking if he was okay.

Royals aside, he doesn’t really pay too much attention to who is watching him on court.

He told Tatler: “We were at the US Open last year and everyone was making a big fuss over this girl who walked in and I had no idea who she was. I think she was called Zendaya?”

In his Wimbledon debut in 2021 he had the unenviable task of facing Novak Djokovic in the first round and remarkably managed to take a set off the seven-time champion.

The 6ft 3in Brit has all the attributes to be a top star and has even been compared to a ‘left handed Andy Roddick’, by The Tennis Podcast’s David Law, and it’s easy to see why as he bombs down serves at nearly 140mph.

And he’s causing a stir off the court too.

Tennis superstars are often promoting products for sponsor and involved in photoshoots, like fellow Brit Emma Raducanu.

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What makes Draper unique compared to most of his contemporaries is that he has a modelling contract with IMG.

Most recently, he appeared on the front cover of Tatler alongside Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter.





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