British teenager Jack Draper COLLAPSES on court at Miami Open from heat exhaustion as 19-year-old is forced to retire on his ATP Tour debut
- Jack Draper was making his ATP Tour debut at the Miami Open on Thursday
- The 19-year-old is highly rated and came up against Mikhail Kukushkin in Florida
- Heat and humidity looked to affect him and he collapsed on court down set point
British teenager Jack Draper dramatically collapsed with apparent heat exhaustion during his ATP Tour debut against Mikhail Kukushkin at the Miami Open.
The 19-year-old is one of Britain’s brightest prospects and he showed more than enough in the 79 minutes it took for Kukushkin to win the opening set 7-5 to indicate he can play at this level consistently in the future.
But physically Draper clearly has work to do.
He began to look increasingly troubled by the Florida heat and humidity and called the doctor trailing 6-5.
After having his heart-rate checked and blood pressure taken, Draper resumed, but down set point he fell to the floor.
He was swiftly attended to by medics and was sitting up with an ice pack on his neck when the umpire called the match for Kukushkin.
Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski believes there are plenty of positives for Draper to take from the loss, despite being forced into a retirement.
‘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.’
More to follow.