Promising British junior Jack Draper says witnessing tennis superstar Andy Murray's title run at Wimbledon in 2013 has inspired him. Former world No. 1 Murray handed a straight-set defeat to fellow superstar Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in 2013 to lift his maiden title at The Championships.
Murray was defeated by Swiss Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in 2012 and broke into tears during the trophy ceremony after the match. The Scot returned to the same place a year after -- heavily motivated and driven to finally win it all.
16-year-old Draper edged out Colombian junior in a thriller 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 19-17 to set up a final meeting against Chun Hain Tseng. "Probably when I came here (Wimbledon) in 2013 to watch Murray win Wimbledon against Djokovic.
It was great to see him win here and it gave a lot of inspiration to me as a tennis player," Draper told LTA when asked about his earliest Wimbledon memory. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, captured his second Wimbledon title in 2016.
"I'm not saying this just because he's British...but Murray. He is a great player, a great player to watch and whenever we're here at Wimbledon the atmosphere is unbelievable because of him," Draper revealed when asked about his idol.
Draper didn't spare words about Wimbledon when asked about the best place he has played. "Obviously here. It's a home tournament, it's one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. It's unbelievable for a British player to play here," Draper claimed.