17 year old Jack Draper is the youngest player in the top 400 on the ATP rankings.
At the end of December Jack turns 18 in what has been a very good year for the teenager from Sutton, London.
He was awarded a wildcard into the mens doubles at Wimbledon this year as well as a wildcard into qualifying at Roehampton. His first appearance in the main draw didn’t last long losing to Uchiyama ranked at 182 in the world.
Last year when he was 16 he was runner up to the impressive Jason Tseng who works at the Mouratoglou Academy in a fun 1-6 7-6 4-6 battle against the Taiwanese player.
Since Wimbledon Jack has found some better form on the tour.
Jack has won 31 of his last 27 matches on the ITF/Challenger tour and went on a 14 match winning streak earlier on in the year winning back to back titles on home soil.
This last week Jack was out in Fairfield, USA for the challenger event there and picked up a couple of big wins.
In the third round he saw off Donald Young however he made the main story in the second round defeating former top 10 player Jack Sock from a set down with the American yet to win a singles match on the ATP tour this year.
At 6’3” Jack does have quite a big baseline game but something which will improve with time is his serve. The ratio of serves to double faults against O’Connell and even against Young in the win was too close so there is scope to find cheaper points.
He is and plays left handed and is naturally more potent in attack with his forehand but his two handed backhand does have variety of top-spin and a flat shot to.
With his run to the quarter finals in Fairfield, Jack is set to be around 316 in the world rankings on Monday which would be a career high.