Andy Murray an incredible role model to young Jack Draper

Andy Murray

British prospect Jack Draper has paid tribute to the influence Andy Murray has had on his career both before and after they met in person.

Draper revealed that he would often watch Andy Murray as a young player and tried to emulate him on court.

He added that once he met Andy Murray and got to spend time with him, he grew to appreciate the former World No 1 even more.

“I watched him a lot from an early age. I think he was in his prime when I was eight until I was 14,” he said.

“Watching him and being able to learn from his game without knowing him was great.

“Then obviously I’ve had the chance to hit with Andy and get to know him during the latter part of his career,” he said.

Draper lauded the impact Murray had on him as a young professional.

Andy Murray with Future Talent Award winners Emma Raducanu and Jack Draper

“For a young player like myself, it’s good having that sort of influence, and being around that on a daily basis,” Draper said.

“Because at the end of the day Andy’s a champion. It’s good to understand his habits and the way he lives his life in order to become a top tennis player.

“That definitely gives me a lot of confidence that I can hopefully go down the same path.”

Draper has Masters 1000 wins under his belt this season but has to fancy the grass court swing as his best chance for a deep run.

He will take his place in the main draw at Eastbourne in the hopes on notching a few more wins before Wimbledon.

His recent performances have seen Draper rise into the top 100 and he currently lays claim to being World no 99 making him the British No 4 behind, Murray, Dan Evans and top man Cameron Norrie.

Draper had spoken about what he could learn from his Queen’s exit which came against qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori.

Despite the loss this week, Draper has the makings of a player who can be dangerous on grass and is also part or a deceptively strong field of British men for Wimbledon.