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British tennis sensation Jack Draper collapses on court during ATP Tour debut

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British tennis prodigy Jack Draper was forced to pull out of his ATP Tour debut at the Miami Open after collapsing on court.

Draper was in first round action against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin when the hot and humid conditions took their toll.

The 19-year-old wildcard appeared in some discomfort during the the first set and had his heart-rate check by medics.

Although he continued, Draper was forced to retire just moments later – the Sutton-born star collapsing to the ground while attempting to keep the ball in play on set point.

With Kukushkin confirming the first set 7-5, Draper retired.

After the match, Draper revealed what had happened and said: "At the changeover, I was starting to feel my body a bit.

"I said that I’m going to carry on because I wasn’t feeling faint … But obviously when I got out there, that wasn’t the case.

"On the last point, I didn’t collapse. I actually just tripped because I was starting to feel really dizzy and stuff.

"In the last couple of hours, I have been with physios, trying to recover as best as possible, just trying to look after myself and move forward."

Draper, who reached the final of the 2018 Wimbledon boys' singles, suffered with Covid-19 at the start of the year.

And the starlet reckons the after-effects of the virus could have contributed to his worrying collapse on court.

He continued: "I got it, it's obviously an extremely aggressive virus and you can catch it from anywhere, but I got it and it did affect me quite badly for seven days.

"I had bad symptoms and then I recovered pretty quickly from there, but it definitely had an effect on me.

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  • "I've put in loads of great training since then, so it's no excuse, but did it have an effect on me at the time? Probably.

    "With a lot of these things you don't know how much it really affects you."

    Draper is ranked 310 in the world and appeared at Wimbledon in 2019, losing to Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first qualifying round.

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