Britain’s Jack Draper collapses at Miami Open due to heat-related illness

  • Draper forced to retire from match against Mikhail Kukushkin
  • World No 316 seen by doctor and helped off court after incident

Jack Draper’s ATP main-draw debut at the Miami Open ended bitterly after he collapsed with a heat-related illness and was forced to retire from his first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin.

Draper, the 2018 Wimbledon boys runner-up and one of the UK’s best young prospects, was granted a wildcard into the tournament due to his status as a promising client of the sports agency IMG, which runs the event. During the time he did spend on court the world No 316 handled himself well against a tricky veteran ranked more than 200 places above him, eventually losing the first set 7-5.

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