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Katie Boulter, Jack Draper and Cameron Norrie grace the cover of Tatler magazine
The trio are heralded as 'the fresh generation of tennis players ready to take their shot at superstardom' by the high-society magazine.
Published Jul 02, 2023
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All eyes are always on British players at Wimbledon, but Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie will have an even bigger spotlight on them at the All England Club this year after gracing the cover of Tatler magazine.
The magazine, first published in 1709, focuses on British high society and culture, and Boulter, Norrie and Jack Draper—who will miss the grass-court Grand Slam with a shoulder injury—are given an in-depth feature treatment in sit-down interviews with Annabel Sampson in the August issue, which went on sale Friday. In companion photo shoots, they're clad in high-end luxury brands like Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Budd London.
The lengthy article, which can also be read in full online, explores the trio's lives, goals and aspirations both on and off the court—everything from how Boulter went from being on "‘Hi, bye’ terms" with beau Alex de Mianur, to Norrie's love of art and music, to 21-year-old Draper's evolution into "adulthood" by moving out of his mother's home.
The article also explores what the grass-court Grand Slam has been like for Boulter and Norrie previously, and how it's different this year as they return to Wimbledon under new pressures.
Newly-minted British No. 1 Boulter reached the third round a year ago, where she upset Karolina Pliskova for a Top 10 win along the way, while Norrie reached the semifinals with royals including Prince William watching on. The New Zealand-born Norrie notes, however, that increased media attention that comes with being a national sensation isn't the biggest thing that "hits home" for him.
"[I love it] when the kids are pumped," he says in the piece. "They always say, “Give me a shirt, give me a racquet.' I used to be one of those kids."
For Draper, the youngest of the three, the decision to skip Wimbledon this year came with his long-term future in mind.
After the left-hander, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 38 in January but has slid to No. 78 due to his inactivity since retiring in the first round of Roland Garros, beat Daniel Evans and Andy Murray at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells this year, the article notes that media across the pond were quick to herald him "the present and the future of British tennis." But Draper, like his elder compatriot Norrie, says that external pressure takes a back seat to his own ambitions.
"It’s the pressure that I put on myself internally which is more than that," he says. "The ambition that I have to succeed and be the best.
"I am not here to take over from anyone. I just want to be known as Jack Draper, who followed my own path."
While sidelined with injury, Draper has been in the midst of an off-court learning curve: He recently moved out of his mother's home in Surrey into a house that he shares with fellow British pro Paul Jubb, which is just a six-minute drive to the national tennis center at Roehampton.
He's been getting an education everywhere from the kitchen to the laundry room.
"I’m enjoying being able to wash my own clothes. There’s been the odd shrinking disaster, but we’re back on track," he shares. "I’ve got two recipes so far–chicken pesto pasta and a good egg on toast."