Jack Draper avoids huge fine with legal loophole

Jack Draper avoids huge fine with legal loophole

Jack Draper escaped a hefty fine at Wimbledon after his angry outburst with Elias Ymer. The 22-year-old player exploited a “legal loophole” and faces a fine of up to £6,250 for hitting the grass with his racket, although he managed to avoid a heavier penalty.

The world number 28 did not perform as expected at SW19 after a surprise second round defeat to fellow American Cameron Norrie. Draper was considered one to watch at Wimbledon after a strong grass court season but failed to make a deep run at the All England Club.

Draper’s Incident Where He Broke the Grass

During his clash with Ymer, Draper resorted to extreme measures to win the match in five sets, targeting the Swede with a racket burst on his own kitbag, resulting in the hefty fine.

Damage to the SW19 turf will attract significant fines due to the potential impact on other scheduled matches. Recent figures show that six male players have already been fined around £16,000 for ‘unsporting behaviour’ and ‘racquet abuse’ during the tournament, although Draper is not among them.

BBC Wimbledon presenter Claire Balding explained Draper’s situation this way: “John McEnroe and others have called for more passion in the past, particularly from British players,” she said.

“Well, there’s no doubt Draper has had enough of that, hitting the racket there on his bag, which is very sensible because if you damage the grass you get a fine. If you damage yourself or your own equipment, then – although I think it can be painful – it doesn’t deserve a fine.”

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Jack Draper at Wimbledon.

Draper wasn’t the only one to have an outburst this week. Russia’s Andrey Rublev, suffering a first-round defeat to Argentina’s Francisco Comesana, vented his anger by slamming his racket into his knee, causing him to bleed from the force of the blow.

“I wouldn’t do it if I could hit the racket on the ground,” Rublev said. “Because we’re not allowed to hit them on the grass. I don’t know why I couldn’t handle it at that moment. I had to let my emotions run free. But thank you, everything is fine. Again, I was a little lucky.”

Jack Draper, a hero on Centre Court 🤩 The top-ranked British player wins a five-set classic against Elias Ymer 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 🇬🇧