2003 IN REVIEW
The Australian veteran enjoyed his best season on ATP circuit since 1998, finishing just in Top 100 in ATP Champions Race at No. 88…Compiled 13-16 match record, reaching QFs at three ATP stops during season…Began season in native Australia and reached 2nd RD in Melbourne for first time since '98 (d. A. Kim, l. to Costa)…In April, returned to Challenger circuit and reached QF in Aix en Provence (l. to Nadal)…After qualifying for his first TMS tournament since Rome '99 at TMS Hamburg (l. to Moya) and losing in 1st RD at Roland Garros to Schalken, turned to grass and reached 2nd RD at Wimbledon (d. Mathieu, l. to Stepanek)…On North American hard courts, reached first ATP QF since Newport 2000 at Indianapolis…Recorded hard-fought victories over Reynolds, defending champion Rusedski and Fish before losing to eventual finalist Srichaphan…At TMS Cincinnati, had seven match points against Wimbledon champion Federer before losing 14-12 in third set tie-break…Finished season with consecutive QFs at Shanghai (l. to Soderling), Tokyo (l. to eventual champion Schuettler) and Tiburon Challenger (ret. With left knee injury against eventual champion Bogomolov Jr.)…Compiled 11-11 record on hard courts, 2-3 on grass, 0-2 on clay.
1993-Finished runner-up in doubles at USTA Satellite #3 (w/Baldas, 39 points)...1994-Winner at Australian Satellite #2 (58 points)...Reached doubles final at Adelaide Challenger (w/Tramacchi)...1995-Made biggest ranking jump (339) of any player in year-end Top 100...Climbed from 420 previous year to No. 81...Won Nagoya Challenger (d. Matsuoka) and advanced to first ATP QF in Tokyo (l. to Agassi) and 4th RD at Roland Garros (as a qualifier)...1996-Repeated 4th RD showing at Roland Garros (l. to Sampras)...1997-Reached first ATP final in Adelaide (l. to Woodbridge) and advanced to QF at TMS Roma 9 (d. No. 3 Muster), Nottingham and Washington...Turned in 4th RD effort at US Open (l. to Bjorkman)...1998-Enjoyed best season with first ATP title at Queen's (d. Tieleman), runner-up at Washington (l. to Agassi) and finished year-end best No. 51...Underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on Sept. 4 and did not play rest of year...1999-Reached SF in Adelaide and Delray Beach and beat Boris Becker in 2nd RD at Queen's...2000- His best result was QF in Newport...2001-Captured Australia Futures #3 title and advanced to SF at Binghamton Challenger...Reached 3rd RD in Memphis...2002-Played well in Challengers, winning three titles - Lexington (d. Goldstein), Binghamton (d. Luczak) and Fresno (d. Gimelstob) - while compiling a 22-5 match record...Also advanced to QF at Surbiton, San Antonio and Tyler Challengers.
Full name is Scott Dennis Draper...Began playing tennis at age four with entire family -- father, Dennis; mother, Bronwyn; older brother Mark; and sister Sharon, who played junior tennis...As a junior, captured 1992 Wimbledon doubles title (w/Baldas) and finished No. 5 in world junior doubles rankings...An excellent golfer (plays to an impressive professional level plus 1 handicap) and played in Queensland PGA Championships in November 2003, shooting rounds of 73 and 72 (one over par, missing cut)...Wife, Kellie, passed away on July 19, 1999 and helped establish the Kellie Draper Foundation through the Cystic Fibrosis Association in Australia...Enjoys playing on clay and hard courts...Has an 1-2 career Davis Cup record, losing both 1st RD matches to Argentina and winning a dead rubber vs. India in 2002...Travels with brother Mark, who reached a career-high No. 152 in September 1998.