Rising tennis star Jack Draper’s favourite issues

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Here, a new generation of tennis stars are hot on the heels of the seasoned pros. Young, energetic and incredibly talented, this group of British athletes are making headlines around the world.

Among those names is Jack Draper, who rose to fame by finishing runner-up in the junior grand slam at the Wimbledon Championships in 2018. He has since competed in a variety of tournaments around the world and became the youngest ATP quarterfinalist at the Queens Club Championships since Andy Murray in 2006. His impressive efforts have seen him ranked 55th in the world in singles this month.

At just 20 years old, he is now competing in his very first US Open tournament. We spoke to him about his training plans, career goals and how his partnership with Vodafone is making tennis more accessible.

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What are you up to at the moment?

I’m currently in North Carolina, USA playing a tournament in Winston Salem before heading to New York to play my first US Open. It’s been my greatest time traveling and playing from home but it’s a great experience for me and I’m feeling good at the moment. Proper preparation ahead of a Grand Slam is key and I’ve gained a lot of confidence from a really positive week at the ATP1000 in Montreal.

What are your training essentials?

Of course my Dunlop racquets are very important, I also always like to have fresh grips and usually train backwards with a cap. You also need to make sure you have plenty of fuel on board, and then when you’re done exercising, grab a quick bite to eat or a shake.

Next to Dunlop, it’s Nike through and through. I loved the brand from a young age and continue to admire the work they do in both tennis and other sports. They are my clothing and footwear partner and I always look forward to my next shipment of kits.

How do you prepare for a game?

I make sure I’m eating and drinking the right things to make sure I’m physically prepared. In terms of pre-game time, I usually try to stay fairly chilled, listen to some music, play on my phone and just chill. My coach James Trottman (Trots) has a calming influence that helps.

How do you relax and unwind in your free time?

Spend time with my family, my friends and my dog ​​named Aussie. The tour is played 11 out of 12 months of the year so it’s really important to relax and unwind whenever possible.

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Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Still playing tennis (!), seeing the likes of Rafa, Andy, Novak in their mid 30’s and still playing top notch tennis just inspires me even more to keep pushing myself to be the best player that I am can – tournament after tournament, year after year. I’m really excited about what’s in store for me in the future.

You’re stranded on a desert island – what book, music album and item would you take with you?

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King. Oasis: Good Morning Glory album and a hat for when my hair gets too long.

Tips for aspiring tennis players?

Just keep working hard, there will be ups and downs, but keep at it. It’s a great game and I’ve learned so many lessons from it, both on and off the pitch.

Why did you decide to become a Vodafone Ambassador?

It’s very important to me to inspire the next generation of kids to do what they love – be it on or off the pitch. For me, Vodafone has been a really intuitive partnership, not only for the connectivity and the ability to talk to my friends and family anytime, anywhere, but also for what they do with Wimbledon and the LTA with Play Your Way to Wimbledon. ‘, we both share the same mission of opening up the sport to the masses and inspiring the next generation, so being an ambassador for them makes me proud. I mean how cool is it for young players to have the opportunity to compete on the world famous Wimbledon grass pitches?

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