Draper Excited To 'Build Strenght Of Character' Amid Injury-Plagued 2023 Season

Draper Excited To 'Build Strenght Of Character' Amid Injury-Plagued 2023 Season

by Sebastian Dahlman

Jack Draper is one of the most exciting young players coming up but an injury took a good chunk out of what should have been a major breakout year for the Brit.

Draper already broke out as the wider tennis audience knows full well who he is and what he's capable of. Even so, many assumed that he'd be in the Top 20 on the ATP Tour by now, but he's actually fallen out of the Top 100 due to injury woes that kept him away for many weeks.

He's back as of recently and looks to be healthy finally. His tennis is certainly starting to resemble what he was showing before getting injured, and it's looking promising. He hopes to keep winning and hopefully finish the year on a high note, as indoor tennis suits his style of play very well.

With this year, having so many injuries and having to come back from them, it definitely builds a lot of strength of character. I knew I just had to get myself in a good place physically and mentally to be at the top of my game.

I feel like this year, although it’s been really difficult, dropping out of the Top 100 and all these things, I’ve learned so much and I’m a much better player now than I was nine, 10 months ago. I’m proud of myself, but it’s definitely been difficult.

Draper has been competing on the Challenger Tour this week electing to skip over the Asia Tour in favour of getting a head start for the upcoming indoor season. He's looked good and played well booking a final in Oreals which he'll contest tomorrow. He's got some lofty goals for next year.

Next year, [the goal is] to carry on where I’ve left off at the end of this year. The main thing for me is always to just keep developing physically. My goal is not to be a Top 100 or a Top 50 player. My goal is to be one of the best in the world.


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