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I'd love to shine on Centre Court like big hitters, says GB's Draper


Jack Draper
Jack Draper

By Jonathan Veal

Jack Draper hopes to emulate the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray one day by wowing the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon.

The 16-year-old Briton enjoyed his first win at the All England Club by beating Henry Von der Schulenburg 6-1 6-4 in the first round of the boys' singles yesterday.

Draper, whose father Roger was the chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association from 2006 to 2013, was on Court Six, in the shadows of Centre Court where Federer was dispatching Adrian Mannarino.

He heard the cheers for the Swiss master and hopes that will be him one day.

"It was good, they weren't cheering my shots, they were cheering his," Draper said. "It was good to have that, you are playing and thinking, 'I could be there one day'.

"When I was younger I came to watch the (Murray) final against Djokovic (in 2013) and for any young player, especially British, watching Murray is very inspirational. He is an idol."

The juniors are aiming to deliver home success after no British players made it through to the second week in the men's and women's singles main draws.

Draper added: "We are flying the flag."

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