British tennis ace pooed on by bird during live TV interview ahead of Wimbledon

Things got messy for British tennis player Jack Draper before he'd even stepped on court for his semi-final match at Eastbourne on Friday.

The world No 108 was just two wins from the first ATP tournament title of his career as he prepared to take on American Maxime Cressy for a place in the final of the Rothesay International. But his preparations were stained, so to speak, during his pre-match interview with Amazon Prime.

Whilst speaking to interviewer Annabel Croft, Draper, 20, was lauding his progress in the famous Wimbledon warm-up event, saying: "Playing these guys, and beating these guys, is really important for me, and significant.

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“But, at the same time, I know it is on a grasscourt as well, this season is short and there is not a lot of players who earn a living on the grasscourt…" At that point, the London-based youngster pulled away from the interview, appearing to check his arm and hand.

After an awkward pause in the interview, a smiling Draper then revealed "I've just been pooed on by a bird." He then showed his superstitious side, asking Croft and co: "Is that good luck?"

After being advised it was, the player admitted it wasn't the first time his team had endured such a problem this week: "You know, my coach got that yesterday, as well, so it's good luck."

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The Amazon Prime Twitter account posted a video of the incident, with fans poking fun at Croft for asking "Where did that come from?" after Draper's misfortune. @PaulFree1980 said: "Not gonna be from the ground is it." Indeed, the clip brought some much needed fun publicity to the event, after players had items stolen at a nearby hotel this week.

Unfortunately though, the incident didn't bring Draper the luck he needed, losing the first-set in a tie-break. The second also reached 6-6, but this time it was the youngster who prevailed to level the match.

However, the deciding set went the way of Cressy, 25, who won it 6-3. He'll play compatriot Taylor Fritz in Saturday's final, after he beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-7 6-3

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