British tennis ace Jack Draper collapses on tour debut at Miami Open

Draper collapsed on court (Picture: Amazon Prime)

Britain’s Jack Draper was forced to retire on his ATP Tour debut after collapsing on court.

Draper, 19, was handed a wildcard for the Miami Open but his first-round match with Mikhail Kukushkin ended on the final point of the first set.

At set point Kukushkin, and with Draper evidently physically exhausted, the Briton fell over on court, with medical staff quickly rushing to give him attention.

In the previous changeover, Draper – a former finalist at junior Wimbledon – had his blood pressure taken and had his temperature checked but was allowed to continue.

However, he was swaying on court in the next game before eventually hitting the deck.

Fortunately, he was able to walk off the court unaided and former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski thinks he will be able to learn from the situation in future.

Draper struggled with the heat (Picture: Amazon Prime)

‘The hard part, he’s not used to playing at this sort of physical tempo, this sort of period of time,’ Rusedski told Amazon Prime.

‘It was like an hour and 10 minutes, every point was brutal and it’s a step up in class.

‘He has to learn from this situation, get the ice towel out from game one. I’ve got to make sure I hydrate.

‘I’m sure he will recover from that. That was the positive from the end of that match.’

There had been good moments on court for the world No. 316, who was matching his opponent – a former top-40 player – but the sweltering heat eventually got to him.

Kukushkin will go on to face Russia’s Aslan Karatsev – who has enjoyed a fine start to the year, reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and winning a title in Dubai – in round two.

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