Jannik Sinner lost as he played in only his second ATP-level grass match, with the third seed going down 7-6(6), 7-6(2) to British wild card Jack Draper at Queen’s club on Monday.

The first-round loss for the 19-year-old Italian came at the hands of the No. 309 who played the junior Wimbledon final in 2018 but has never been on a match court on the surface on the Tour 

Sinner was even more inexperienced, after losing his only previous grass match in the Netherlands in 2019.

“I just tried to stay focused on my side,” the 19-year-old Italian said, “That worked well at the beginning , but then he began to understand my game.

“It was a roller-coaster, he played the important points better than me and deserved to win,” he said of the son of a former British tennis executive.

“He has a lot more experience on the grass than I do.”

Cam Norrie added a home win for Britain, defeating Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Frenchman Adrian Mannarino put out local Liam Broady 6-4, 6-4.

Grass-loving Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, winner of two of the last three editions here, defeated Ukranian Iliya Marchenko 6-1, 7-6(6) with a dozen aces and two breaks of serve.

Aussie John Millman, who lost to Novak Djokovic in his only previous appearance here in 2016, won a tiebreak battle with Reilly Opelka, defeating the American giant in a tiebreak struggle 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(6).

Main photo:- Jack Draper winning at Queens – by ATPTour.com


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