Jack Draper, 20, says Rafael Nadal is a unique character and many lessons can be learned from such a great champion. Draper, who has won four Challenges titles this year and is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 88 in the world, is one of the most promising players from the younger generation.
After dominating the Challenger Tour earlier this year, Draper has turned his focus now on establishing himself on the main level. Draper is someone who has set high expectations on himself and he is aiming for the biggest accolades in the game.
"Just the way he [Rafael Nadal] operates on a tennis court and off the court as well. His attitude, I think everyone can see that in any sport. He is someone who fights hard for every point. He's a very humble guy. I think you can learn so many lessons from a great athlete like that," Draper said in a conversation for GQ Magazine, per Sportskeeda.
Draper learnign from Nadal, Andy Murray
Great Britain hasn't had a male Grand Slam champion since Murray lifted his third Grand Slam title at 2016 Wimbledon. As Murray is now 35 years old and past his prime, the Britons are hoping Draper becomes the next big start and lands Great Britain Grand Slam titles.
Growing up, Draper used too look up to Murray and now he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his fellow compatriot and achieve big things in the game. “I was able to watch him a lot at an early age. I think he was in his prime when I was eight to 14.
Watching him and being able to see the lessons just from his game without knowing him was great," Draper said of Murray. Meanwhile, Draper failed to reach the Atlanta main draw. On Sunday, Draper suffered a surprise loss to India's Ramkumar Ramanathan in the Atlanta qualifying final round.