At the Adelaide International, British tennis player Jack Draper showcased his skills with a strong straight-set victory over Sebastian Baez, setting a positive tone for his Australian Open preparations. The 22-year-old, ranked 62nd globally, defeated the 26th-ranked Baez 6-1, 6-3. Draper, who had a breakthrough 2022, is eager to make an impact in Melbourne after a challenging debut at the tournament last year.
On the flip side, British number one Katie Boulter faced a setback in the women's event, succumbing to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat against Romania's Anna Bogdan. Despite a determined start, Boulter couldn't maintain her lead, and Bogdan's resilience led to her victory. Boulter, ranked 57th globally, now shifts her focus to the Australian Open as she seeks a strong performance in Melbourne.
The Australian Open qualifying matches, scheduled to begin on Monday, were disrupted by rain, affecting players' opportunities to advance to the main draw. British players, including Jodie Burrage, Emma Raducanu, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, and Andy Murray, are set to join Draper in the main draw, aiming to make their mark in the prestigious Grand Slam tournament.
Jack Draper expressed satisfaction with his performance, emphasizing his confidence in his body and game. Having overcome a shoulder injury that impacted his 2023 season, Draper looks forward to staying injury-free and continuing his positive momentum. The Australian Open, commencing on January 14 in Melbourne, promises exciting matchups and fierce competition on the tennis courts.