Sofia | Mannarino dashes Draper’s hopes

Jack Draper suffered disappointment as he lost out to the veteran Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the final of the Sofia Open.

Playing for the first title of his career, the 21-year-old Briton went down 7-6(8) 2-6 6-3 as his opponent, 35, claimed his third title of the season and fifth of his career, holding his nerve in the decider after Draper had stormed through the second set to level following a tight opener.

On reaching the final Draper became the youngest player to reach that stage of an ATP Tour event since the 21-year-old Andy Murray at the 2009 Miami who then went on to become champion.

Draper couldn’t quite emulate that result and his defeat brought to an end his nine-match winning streak which included the Bergamo Challenger title won last Sunday.

However, having now recovered from a shoulder injury which has plagued him over this season, he can feel confident that it won’t be long before he starts collecting titles.

“That’s definitely the best way to finish the year,” Mannarino said following his two-hour, 17-minute victory.

“It’s been a great year and I’m a little bit exhausted but it’s really motivating when you’re doing well. I was playing great on court and I’m happy with the result.”

Meanwhile Draper will turn his attention to the Davis Cup Finals where he has a strong chance of being selected for the N.2 singles spot by captain Leon Smith following his recent form which will have lifted his ranking when the ne lists are published on Monday.

Ugo Humbert made it a French double by winning Metz.


For France the weekend brought a double as at the Moselle Open, Ugo Humbert won the final in Metz for his first title win for more than two years, as he defeated Russia’s Alexander Shevchenko 6-3 6-3.



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