JACK DRAPER left Wimbledon under the Court One roof.
But the future of British tennis will be back.
Draper delighted SW19 fans in a battle of power against 19th seed Alex de Minaur.
But despite the opening win, Draper was worn down by the Aussie – who was being watched by his girlfriend, Britain’s Katie Boulter – and lost 5-7, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 in three and a half hours Protocol.
It was a bitter pill for the 20-year-old after Draper made the perfect start after a 25-minute rain delay.
The pair traded blows with a volley of heavy artillery before Draper’s power was rewarded in game 11. The youngster served to win the first, sending a wave of noise that echoed across the court.
It was scintillating stuff from both men, Draper’s power and agility against de Minaur’s proven grass court quality.
The Brit, whose net game could never match his groundstrokes, failed to utilize three break points in the first game of the second set and two more in the seventh when de Minaur helped himself out of trouble.
Draper was never in the tiebreak and dropped every point when de Minaur pumped his first to level the match.
Now it was a test of Draper’s courage and maturity – as well as his nerve – and he blinked fatally twice early in the third, fatigue set in as de Minaur was relentlessly consistent and finished with growing confidence.
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And when Draper was broken for love in the third game of the set thanks to a scurrying crosscourt pass, the writing was on the wall.
Romantic De Minaur, who will play Brit Liam Broady in the next round, said: “Before we talk about my match, can we just talk about Katie Boulter today?”
Boulter had pulled off a brilliant win over Karolina Pliskova on Center Court earlier Thursday.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5677839/wimbledon-jack-draper-loses-alex-de-minaur-katie-boulter/ Jack Draper has been sacked from Wimbledon by Katie Boulter’s boyfriend Alex de Minaur as the Aussie dominates in four sets