Enduring six weeks on the sidelines, the young talent was forced to bench his tennis ambitions after a disastrous encounter with injury on the clay courts of Roland Garros when he was forced to retire on his debut.
However, the unfortunate French Open incident, which only allowed him to last 11 games before succumbing to the injury, has added another entry to his growing list of injury-induced retirements.
Expressing his initial optimism post-match but also admitting that he was mentally destroyed, Draper hoped the injury was not severe. However, fate had a different narrative. His injury was not merely a minor setback, it was something that would cost him the entire grass-court season, including the 2023 Wimbledon Championships.
In his statement, Draper acknowledged the necessity of time and rehabilitation for his shoulder to regain its strength, and while he doesn't know when he'll come back, his return to the ATP Tour should happen after the grass-court season as he'll miss it in its entirety.
"It’s clear my shoulder is going to need time and rehab to get back to where it needs to be. My team and I have made the difficult decision to miss the grass court season this year. I guess in this sport there are so many ups and downs but this one is tough to take. The only thing for sure is that I will keep persevering. Thank you for all the support I get on here it means a lot…"
Without Draper in the All England Club, British fans will focus even more on the performances of the two-time Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, who still believes to be one of the Top 10 players on the surface.