In a turn of events, Britain's rising tennis sensation, Jack Draper, has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the highly anticipated Miami Open.
The 21-year-old's withdrawal comes in light of an abdominal injury sustained during the recent Indian Wells tournament, with the young star unwilling to risk further complications. Fans and tennis enthusiasts alike are left wondering what this might mean for Draper's future, as well as how this withdrawal will impact the tennis world.
It was at Indian Wells where Jack Draper, currently ranked 43rd in the world, experienced a slight tear to his muscle. Despite the setback, Draper persevered in his fourth-round match against Carlos Alcaraz - a decision that ultimately led to his early retirement from the match in the second set. Alcaraz went on to win the tournament and claim the title to become the new world number one.
Jack Draper's career has been marred by a series of retirements in 2021, raising concerns about his long-term prospects in the sport. However, the young tennis star managed to bounce back and participate in 22 events last year. His fans have been hopeful that Draper's injury struggles were behind him, but this latest development leaves those hopes hanging in the balance.
In a statement, he wrote:
"Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in the Miami Open this year. The injury I picked up last week needs more time to heal and recover properly. My main goal at this time is to play consistently on the tour but I have to be patient. Thank you for the support!"