Promising junior Jack Draper has left The All England Club in great spirits after a runner-up finish in the Wimbledon boys' singles event. The 16-year-old fell just short making it all the way as was edged out by No. 1 seed Chun Hsin Tseng in the final 6-1 6-7 (2) 6-4.
The unseeded Briton was bidding to become the first British boys' singles champion at Wimbledon since Stanley Matthews -- who went all the way at The Championships in 1962. Draper survived an epic semi-final to reach the final as he edged out fifth-seeded Nicolas Mejia 7-6 (5) 6-7 (6) 19-17 but couldn't pull off another big win and edge top-seed Tseng.
"It gives me immense confidence. It feels surreal and I’m still taking it in. It's been an unbelievable week. It's going to give me a lot of inspiration and motivation. I'm very happy," Draper said. Draper, who doesn't have a professional ranking at the moment, is now motivated to give a bigger shot to senior tournaments.
The 16-year-old featured in the qualifying of the Loughborough Challenger and Wimbledon -- but lost in the first round at both tournaments. The Briton was handed a main draw wildcard into the Ilkley Challenger -- where he lost to Darian King of Barbados in round one.
"I'm going to go more into the senior game. I'm not really sure, looking ahead, at how many juniors I'm going to play. I'm definitely going to try and transition into the men’s game," Draper added.