WATCH: Jack Draper pukes courtside after notching up big Grand Slam milestone in brutal conditions

Shahida Jacobs
Jack Draper from Great Britain after his match
Jack Draper from Great Britain feeling the heat

How do you celebrate your first-ever five-set victory at a Grand Slam? You puke courtside.

Well, that is what Jack Draper did following his milestone win over Marcos Giron in the opening round of the 2024 Australian Open.

Just three days after finishing runner-up to Jiri Lehecka at the Adelaide International, Draper returned to action for only his second career match at the season-opening Grand Slam in Melbourne. In fact, it was only his 13th match at a major and none of his previous 12 encounters went the distance.

But Tuesday’s match against Giron lasted five sets and Draper ended up winning 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 after three hours and 20 minutes in searing heat on Court 8 at Melbourne Park.

There wasn’t much time to celebrate as gave Giron the briefest of handshakes before hurrying courtside to vomit.

“I kind of felt bad because obviously [I] just beat the guy and was saying ‘I need to shake your hand, mate’ but I need to get to that bin,” he said afterwards.

There were five breaks of serve in the first set as Draper won the opener while single breaks in the second and third sets edged Giron in front. However, the British youngster dominated the fourth set with three breaks before three breaks in the decider helped him to cross the finish line.

Draper is projected to rise to No 49 in the ATP Rankings following his first-round win, but he could jump a few more spots if he continues his fine form.

The British No 4, who reached a career-high of No 38 last January, faces 14th-seeded American Tommy Paul, who he defeated 6-1, 6-4 in the quarter-final in Adelaide, in the second round and victory could edge him closer to a showdown world No 2 Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-final, although both still have several hurdles to clear.

Ahead of his match against Giron, Draper opened up about having more confidence in his body and his game.

“I’m really pushing my boundaries,” he said. “And I think the main thing is that maybe in the years past I was a bit softer and I didn’t want to fully do the work. Whereas I’ve had enough experiences where there’s no hiding from it and I’ve really embraced what I’m trying to do.

““I’m as ready as I can be for this Slam. I feel really good about my tennis and about my body and my mental side of things and where I’m at. So I’m really excited to get started here.”

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