Great Britain's Jack Draper collapsed on the court earlier this year at the Miami Masters while defending a set point against Mikhail Kukushkin. Draper, ranked at No. 259 in the world, appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion and he had his heart checked and blood pressure taken but then collapsed on the court.
Draper received an instant medical intervention as an ice pack was applied to his neck. Draper was eventually able to get back on his feet and walk off the court. Three months later, Draper played the biggest match of his career as he met Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon first round.
Draper competed well as he won the opener before Djokovic stormed back to win 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2. "It feels great seeing everyone and being back on probably the most special, the most sacred tennis court in the world," said Djokovic after the win.
. "Obviously, alongside many other players, I was very sad last year that Wimbledon was cancelled. [It was] very difficult times for everyone, but I'm really glad that the sport is back and hopefully you guys have enjoyed it and you will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks."
Djokovic praised Draper after the match
Djokovic, who eventually won his sixth Wimbledon title after beating Matteo Berrettini in the final, was extremely satisfied with his serving performance against Draper. “I think I probably had one of the best serving performances that I can recall on any surface,” Djokovic said.
“I could not be more pleased with the rhythm of my serve. On grass, the quickest surface in our sport, it helps a lot getting a lot of free points on that first serve." After the match, Djokovic spoke extremely highly of rising British star Draper.
"He definitely deserves a round of applause," said Djokovic. "He's a youngster, only 19. [I] hadn't seen him play too much prior to the Queen's tournament, [where] he played pretty well and won a couple of matches against higher-ranked players.
Walking onto Wimbledon's Centre Court for him for the first time, I think he has done extremely well. He carried himself very maturely on the court. I think he behaved well, he backed himself, he believed that he could come back, and he deserves credit for that. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career."