They say never work with animals or children and rising tennis star Jack Draper has learned it the hard way on live TV.
Rising UK tennis star Jack Draper has learned some of the joys of live TV when he was pooed on by a bird mid-interview before his Eastbourne International semi-final.
The 20-year-old World No. 108 is the UK’s fourth ranked male behind Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Andy Murray but tuned up for Wimbledon with a brilliant performance at Eastbourne.
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Speaking on Amazon, Draper said it was great to play better guys in the world, as he looks to improve on his first round exit from Wimbledon last season, his first and as yet only taste of grand slam action.
“Playing these guys, and beating these guys, is really important for me, and significant,” he told Amazon. “But, at the same time, I know it is on a grass court as well. I know that this season is short and there is not a lot of players who earn a living on the grass court.”
Draper defeated US young gun Jenson Brooksby, World No. 15 Diego Schwartzman and countryman Ryan Peniston.
But Draper was distracted while giving his answer, saying: “I’ve just been pooed on by a bird.”
The host thought he was bitten by something and was let laughing at the Brits plight.
“Is that good luck?” Draper asked.
He also wasn’t alone, revealed: “My coach got that yesterday, as well, so it’s good luck.”
But maybe he’ll want his coach to take that pellet for him next time
But any luck that he may have got from the animal interaction appeared to run out by the time he got on court, as he lost his semi-final to American Mazime Cressy 7-6 6-7 6-3.
Draper will play Belgium’s Zizou Bergs in the first round of Wimbledon.
The result set up an all-American clash in the men’s singles final as 2019 Eastbourne winner Taylor Fritz faces the French-born American Cressy.
American world No. 14 Fritz defeated reigning champion Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
World No. 60 Cressy claimed his third win over a British player in this year’s tournament by downing Draper.