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Jack Draper in startling post-match amid 'brutal' Australian Open conditions

Fans in the arena watched on concerned after the final point.

Jack Draper vomiting after his Australian Open match.
UK tennis player Jack Draper (pictured) was forced to vomit after his five-set thriller at the Australian Open in scary scenes. (Images: @Eurosport/Getty Images)

UK tennis star Jack Draper was left vomiting during and following his gruelling match at the Australian Open after stifling heat rocked the afternoon session at Melbourne Park. Draper produced one of his best ever comebacks on court having returned from a 2-1 set deficit to defeat Marcos Giron 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

However, Draper was just one of the players at Melbourne Park to struggle in the 30C heat on Tuesday having vomited earlier in the contest. Having received treatment and his blood pressure taken, Draper returned and managed to lift his game to defeat Giron after three hours and 20 minutes.

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Draper was hanging over the net trying to pay respect to his opponent, which saw the duo meet briefly after the contest. But this was because Draper was not able to remain for long as he sprinted over to a bin and vomited again with the heat taking its toll.

Members of the crowd watched on slightly concerned, but the UK star was able to return to his seat for a break. Draper will now play another American in the form of No.14 seed Tommy Paul in the second round. Fans were left shocked at the scenes after seeing Draper struggle in the hot Melbourne conditions.

Max Purcell advances after epic Aus Open win

And Aussie Max Purcell was also able to secure his position in the next round after a stellar victory over Mate Valkusz. Purcell was ranked 169 rankings spots ahead of Valkusz, but he was made to work for his victory struggling for much of the first two sets to find his rhythm.

He then blew six match points before finally prevailing after two hours and 52 sweat-soaked minutes. "I was kind of just like 'turn it up', to be honest. The guy was pummelling me," Purcell said in his post-match interview.

"I didn't really stand much of a chance there, snuck my way back in the second set. Just tried to hold onto my serve and then hope he'd crack and he cracked and I got through it. I definitely needed you guys' support deep in the fourth. I was gagging it so hard."

Max Purcell celebrates.
Max Purcell (pictured) advanced to the second round and set-up a clash with Caper Ruud. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images) (ANTHONY WALLACE via Getty Images)

Up next will be No.11 seed Casper Ruud for a place in the last 32 of a grand slam for the first time. Ruud looked fantastic in his straight sets win and Purcell is hoping the midday sun could give him an advantage in their clash.

"I played (and beat) Casper in Cincinnati in relatively lively conditions. The ball's a little lighter than and more bouncy," Purcell said. "But it's hot here, I'll have the crowd on my side and I'm more than happy to give him another crack."

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