British Tennis Hopefuls Overcome Injuries and Surge Forward at US Open

After facing the possibility of missing the US Open due to a shoulder injury, 21-year-old British tennis hopeful Jack Draper has not only overcome the setback but also advanced to the third round of the tournament. Draper, who had previously achieved a career-high ranking of 38 in the world, had been plagued by injuries over the past year, including missing Wimbledon due to a shoulder tear.

Currently positioned outside the top 100 rankings, Draper initially feared the worst when he felt discomfort in his shoulder during a warm-up event. However, his fortunes took a positive turn, and he has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows. In the second round, he defeated 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz with a decisive score of 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.

Reflecting on his journey, Draper expressed, “I felt something in my arm again that I hadn’t had in a while, and, you know, came here with the intention of ‘we’ll take it day by day.’” He elaborated that a scan revealed a minor tear or edema in his arm. Draper and his team were initially disheartened, but the injury turned out to be distinct from his previous issues and less severe than feared.

Draper’s upcoming opponent is American Michael Mmoh, and he aims to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. With his recent success, he reflected on the unpredictable nature of tennis and how swiftly fortunes can change in the sport. “Sometimes you can be at your lowest point and then all of a sudden you get on a bit of form and you’re playing great and your body feels good. Hopefully, touch wood, this is going to be the start of something,” Draper shared.

Another British player, Cameron Norrie, also advanced to the third round. The 28-year-old British number one secured a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Hsu Yu-hsiou of Chinese Taipei, with Norrie impressively delivering 15 aces during the match. Reflecting on his performance, Norrie expressed satisfaction with his play during crucial points and his progress in the tournament. He is set to face world number 61 Matteo Arnaldi of Italy in the upcoming round.

Furthermore, Dan Evans completed the trio of British men advancing in the tournament. He staged a comeback after dropping the first set against Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, ultimately securing a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 victory. The collective success of these British players signals a positive turn of events for the nation’s tennis contingent at the US Open.