Jack Draper insists he will try to learn from his outright second-round loss to Emil Ruusuvuori at the Cinch Championship, leaving the Queen with just one British player in men’s singles. The 20-year-old broke into the top 100 for the first time on Monday before beating American Taylor Fritz in a 6-2 7-6 (2) qualifying loss to Finland. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.
World number 56 Ruusuvuori remained domineering from start to finish, hitting 29 winners as he forked nine break points in one hour and 40 minutes of fine tennis.
Following Draper’s double celebration on Monday, he lowered a gloomier post-loss picture. But quickly turned his attention to the bigger picture later this month. He competed in Rothesay International Eastbourne before moving to Wimbledon.
“I could have done better, I’m not often beaten and I think today is one of those days. I think he played a great game,” admitted the England number four.
“I’m always hard on myself, but the other players might keep it in my head for a few days. But I’ll definitely get over it soon. I’m playing Eastbourne next week and Wimbledon is just around the corner.”
“I can certainly make positive progress this week beating Taylor’s top players. But I can also learn some lessons from today that will help me keep going.”
Jack Draper reached the quarterfinals at Queen’s University last summer, showing. A remarkable 12 months to climb from 259th to 99th after winning four ATP Challenger tours in 2022.
With no points at Wimbledon this summer. The championship is one of the southpaws’ last chances to improve his ranking points ahead of the hard court season due to the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarus athletes.
But he insisted: “I know going into this week I have to defend last year’s 90 points. But I thought in my head, if you don’t want to defend those points, don’t score.”
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“It’s part of the sport, defending the points, I’ve been defending the points for three years.”
“Maybe that’s a bit much, but in the end, that’s how rankings work, and you have to handle that pressure and keep going. As I keep improving, hopefully, my rankings will improve.”
With Jack Draper out, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans early and Andy Murray out injured on Monday. The unknown Ryan Peniston remains the Briton’s last hope.
The 26-year-old from Southend, who defeated French Open finalist Casper Rudd in the first round, will face Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo on Thursday for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Another notable exit on Wednesday was last year’s Wimbledon defeat in the semi-final against Tommy Paul in three sets by Denis Shapovalov.
Becomes Emma Raducanu’s eighth blue-chip HSBC sponsor for Wimbledon 2022
HSBC is the latest blue-chip brand to join the sponsorship of British tennis star Emma Raducanu. Raducanu, who became famous for winning the US Open in September, has signed a four-year deal with the international banking group. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.
“Working with HSBC came naturally to me as I grew up on the road from HSBC to Wimbledon and have been a customer for many years,” she said.
“If I wasn’t a tennis player, I would definitely want to work in finance. So I’m excited to learn more about the industry in the coming years.”
“We’re working on some really cool ideas, and I’m especially looking forward to doing initiatives that help young people, like financial education.”
HSBC joins a long list of high-end brands that have partnered with Raducanu since Raducanu’s Grand Slam title last year.
The 19-year-old from Bromley also has endorsement deals with Vodafone, British Airways, Evian, and Porsche, jewellers Tiffany & Co, Nike and Dior.
Canadian-born Raducanu earned A-levels in both math and economics last year, and her parents both work in finance.
She is gearing up for a return to Wimbledon later this month and has captured attention with her first round of 16 matches a year ago. HSBC is also the official banking partner of Wimbledon.
Chief Executive Noel Quinn said: “HSBC has built a long-standing relationship with Emma and her family over the years.
“We are very proud of Emma and what she has accomplished in her career.”
“We also believe we can inspire and educate young people by working with her in some really great and innovative ways. Which is why we are excited to embark on this new long-term partnership.”
‘Major goal I have left’: Jamie Murray has high hopes for Wimbledon 2022 despite Queen’s departure
Jamie Murray is optimistic about his prospects for a first men’s doubles title at Wimbledon. Despite a first-round exit at the LTA cinch Championship at Queen’s Club. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.
Dunblane doubles down on ace and partner Bruno Soares in a rematch of last year’s US Open final 7-6 (2) 7-6 (3) by top-rankers Rajeev Ram and Joe Sailsbury narrowly winning.
Murray, 36, won the Queen’s doubles title in 2017 with Brazilian Soares. But failed to make the late stages of his first two Grand Slams in Melbourne and Paris in 2022.
However, the former Davis Cup winner said ambitions to win Wimbledon in the men’s doubles to complement his two mixed doubles would help him maintain his desire to continue playing at the highest level.
“For me, that’s my biggest goal left,” Murray said. “And I believe I can still win it.”
“Until I stop playing or feel like I can’t win anymore. But I don’t have that feeling anymore.”
“I know we played a good game at Queen’s, but we were against a top team and even. When we lost there were some positives.”
“Next week we have Eastbourne to get more time on the grass. Hopefully, we can build a little momentum going into Wimbledon.”
“I’m really looking forward to playing there in a few weeks and doing my best.”
While his focus now remains on SW19, Murray is also the race director for the Battle of Great Britain event in December after it was postponed last year due to the pandemic.
He believes the clash between Scotland and England will highlight the current strength of the British men’s team.
“It Battle of the Britten will be a great showcase of all the best players in British men’s tennis, with real talent at the moment,” Murray added.
“Jack Draper is clearly doing really good things on the pitch. Andy has been around for a long time and Cameron Norrie has a very solid career right now.”
“Jonny O’Mara is another boy who is doing well at the moment. We have a lot of players who have had real success and that is good for British tennis.”