18 year old Brit Jack Draper says the Lawn Tennis Association says the support from the LTA has really helped him, after winning his first title of the season in Sunderland at the weekend. Draper defeated Dutch rival Igor Sijsling, winning 6-2, 6-0 in the final in just under an hour.
Speaking to SWLondoner, Draper said: “It’s great the LTA run these tournaments. I feel a slight advantage when playing at home. It’s good to take that going into the rest of the year. It’s amazing to win another title and I’m really pleased with the way I’ve played this week.
I feel like I’m in good shape at the moment and am looking forward to my next tournament”. Draper said: “The support from the LTA has helped me to fund my tennis. It’s also helped me with tennis analysis, to watch what I’m doing and what areas to improve on.
It’s all on my game with the analysis, not really on my opponents. You can know vaguely what your opponent will do, but you’re playing him on the day”. Speaking about his goals in the future, Draper, whose father was the chairman of the LTA and mother was involved in the local tennis club, says, "I haven’t got any expectations.
I want to set the right target. I’m thankful and grateful to have had that structure around me growing up. It probably helped because I was able to go hit with my mum or my brother, but I don’t feel any added pressure to be successful”.
Draper says he will now head to South Africa and then Israel for tournaments in the coming weeks, "I’ve never been to South Africa so that will be something new. Although all I see is the court and the bed and the food that I am eating.
The road isn’t glamorous, but that’s the life of a tennis player”. Scandinavia’s nice. Finland, Sweden. They’re indoors, they’re clean, they have nice hotels. I like cold weather”.