Dustin Brown (tennis)

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Dustin Brown
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Country  Jamaica (2002–2010)
 Germany (2010–)
Residence Winsen an der Aller, Germany
Born (1984-12-08) December 8, 1984 (age 30)
Celle, West Germany
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
*occasionally uses one-handed backhand
Prize money $1,454,865
Career record 27–45
Career titles 0
5 Challengers
Highest ranking No. 78 (16 June 2014)
Current ranking No. 83 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2015)
French Open 1R (2011, 2014)
Wimbledon 3R (2013)
US Open 2R (2010)
Career record 55–57
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 43 (14 May 2012)
Current ranking No. 89 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2012, 2014)
US Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: November 22, 2014.

Dustin Brown (born December 8, 1984 in Celle, West Germany)[1] is a German professional tennis player. Brown competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, both in singles and doubles. He reached his highest ATP singles ranking of World No. 78 in June 2014 and his highest doubles ranking of World No. 43 in May 2012.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Brown was born on December 8, 1984 in Celle, West Germany to Leroy and Inge Brown. His father was Jamaican and his mother originated from Germany. He emigrated to Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1996.[4]



In his second main circuit appearance after a first-round loss at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2003, Brown defeated fourth seed Marco Chiudinelli and No. 139 Laurent Recouderc to reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he lost to eventual runner-up Stéphane Robert. Brown became the second Jamaican after Doug Burke at the 1989 BP National Championships in Wellington, New Zealand, to reach the quarterfinals of a main ATP Tour event.[5]

On May 17, 2010 Brown cracked the top 100 for the time first time in his career and attained a singles ranking of world No. 99.

Brown played at his third ATP tour event at the 2010 Aegon Championships (Queen's Club) and defeated his first-round opponent Frank Dancevic, in three sets. He lost in the second round to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.[6]

Brown then played at the 2010 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, where he defeated Björn Phau in the first round. He then proceeded to defeat world No. 19 Sam Querrey in the second round in straight sets, a shocking upset. Brown was then defeated by Argentinian Brian Dabul in the quarterfinals.

Brown played in the 2010 US Open, his second Grand Slam main draw. He won his first career Grand Slam match, defeating Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo in three sets. Brown was then beaten by Andy Murray.

Although Brown lost to Gilles Simon (first round) in straight sets in the singles draw in Metz, he was able to get into the doubles tournament (pairing with Rogier Wassen) as alternates because a team pulled out of the draw. Brown and Wassen reached Brown's first ATP World Tour doubles final. The doubles duo, nicknamed "Dreddy & Da Professor" by Brown himself,[citation needed] had a week full of dramatic comebacks. The first round saw the team win against Hutchins/Lipsky after being down 5–7, 1–3. The quarterfinals involved the duo beating Parrott/Kerr in straight sets after being down 0–4 in the second set. This match influenced Brown to nickname his doubles team "The Come Back Kids". The two won the semifinals in two sets against the top seeded team (No. 5 ATP ranked) to earn a spot in the final, which they won in straight sets against second seeds (no. 16) Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.

Brown announced in June 2010, that due to a lack of funding and support from the Jamaican Tennis Association, he was tempted to switch nationality, and play professional tennis for Great Britain, his paternal grandparents being British.[7][8][9] Instead, in October 2010 he decided to compete for Germany, his country of birth. Brown's first event playing under the German flag was Eckental.[10] Brown won his first title playing under the German flag at the 2010 Lambertz Open by STAWAG.[11]


Brown received a wild card into the 2011 BMW Open, where he caused a major upset in the first round when he defeated world No. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets.[12]


Brown had his best year yet in 2012, reaching three doubles finals and winning a second ATP title. He teamed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach the final in Marseille, where they lost to Nicolas Mahut and Édouard Roger-Vasselin. He won the Casablanca doubles title with Paul Hanley, defeating Italians Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini in the final. Again with Hanley, he was runner-up in Kitzbühel.


He qualified for Wimbledon in singles where he defeated world No. 67, Guillermo García-López, in the first round, and the 2002 Wimbledon Champion and former world No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt, in four sets, in the second round.


Brown scored one of his most impressive wins to date on grass at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, defeating world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Nadal had won a record 9th French Open title at Roland Garros just four days earlier.


Brown began his season at the Australian Open but was defeated by 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the first round.

Playing Style[edit]

Brown possesses a big serve and employs a serve and volley strategy, sometimes even on 2nd serve. He attempts to play "first strike" tennis, going for winners early in the point to avoid extended rallies. His style might be compared to that of his countryman Boris Becker. Dustin aka "Dreddy" Brown is also known for his somewhat controversial tactics on court, i.e. going for trick shots, an unconventional style of that play makes him both a crowd pleaser and an unpredictable opponent.[citation needed]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. September 26, 2010 Moselle Open, Metz, France Hard Netherlands Rogier Wassen Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. February 26, 2012 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
3–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Winner 2. April 14, 2012 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Australia Paul Hanley Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Fabio Fognini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. July 28, 2012 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Australia Paul Hanley Czech Republic František Čermák
Austria Julian Knowle
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [10–12]
Runner-up 3. April 14, 2013 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Germany Christopher Kas Austria Julian Knowle
Slovakia Filip Polášek
3–6, 2–6

Challenger finals[edit]

Singles: 12 (6–6)[edit]

Challengers (6–6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. May 25, 2009 Baden Open, Germany Clay Germany Florian Mayer 2–6, 4–6
Winner 1. August 10, 2009 Samarkand Challenger, Uzbekistan Clay France Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Runner-up 2. August 24, 2009 Almaty Cup, Kazakhstan Hard Ukraine Ivan Sergeyev 3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 3. November 2, 2009 Bauer Cup, Germany Carpet (i) Germany Daniel Brands 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. November 9, 2009 Lambertz Open by STAWAG, Germany Carpet (i) United States Rajeev Ram 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7)
Winner 2. April 17, 2010 Soweto Open, South Africa Hard South Africa Izak van der Merwe 7–6(7–2), 6–3
Winner 3. November 14, 2010 Lambertz Open by STAWAG, Germany Carpet (i) Netherlands Igor Sijsling 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 4. March 25, 2012 Aegon GB Pro-Series Bath, Great Britain Hard Czech Republic Jan Mertl 6–4, 7–6(7–1)
Runner-up 5. March 17, 2013 BH Telecom Indoors, Bosnia & Herzegovina Hard France Adrian Mannarino 6–7(3–7), 6–7(2–7)
Winner 5. September 8, 2013 AON Open Challenger, Italy Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 6. November 24, 2013 Internazionali di Tennis Castel del Monte, Andria, Italy Hard Hungary Márton Fucsovics 6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. September 14, 2014 Pekao Szczecin Open, Szczecin, Poland Clay Germany Jan-Lennard Struff 6–4, 6–3

Doubles: 20 (13–7)[edit]

Challengers (13–7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. September 14, 2009 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Clay Austria Rainer Eitzinger Bosnia and Herzegovina Ismar Gorčić
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. February 15, 2010 Belgrade, Serbia Hard (i) Austria Martin Slanar Serbia Ilija Bozoljac
United Kingdom Jamie Delgado
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. March 29, 2010 Napoli, Italy Clay United States Jesse Witten India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6(7–4), 7–5
Winner 3. April 26, 2010 Rhodes, Greece Hard Germany Simon Stadler United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), [10–7]
Runner-up 2. May 3, 2010 Cairo, Egypt Clay Germany Andre Begemann Austria Martin Slanar
Italy Simone Vagnozzi
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. May 10, 2010 Biella, Italy Clay Italy Alessandro Motti United States James Cerretani
Canada Adil Shamasdin
3–6, 6–2, [9–11]
Winner 4. May 31, 2010 Fürth, Germany Clay Australia Rameez Junaid Germany Martin Emmrich
Australia Joseph Sirianni
6–3, 6–1
Winner 5. August 8, 2010 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Netherlands Rogier Wassen Chile Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
Austria Max Raditschnigg
3–6, 7–5, [10–7]
Winner 6. September 18, 2010 Szczecin, Poland Clay Netherlands Rogier Wassen Australia Rameez Junaid
Germany Philipp Marx
6–4, 7–5
Winner 7. November 28, 2010 Helsinki, Finland Hard Germany Martin Emmrich Finland Henri Kontinen
Finland Jarkko Nieminen
7–6(19–17), 0–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 4. March 6, 2011 Dallas, United States Hard Germany Björn Phau United States Scott Lipsky
United States Rajeev Ram
6–7(3–7), 4–6
Runner-up 5. June 5, 2011 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass Germany Martin Emmrich United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
6–4, 6–7(8–10), [11–13]
Winner 8. August 28, 2011 Manerbio, Italy Clay Croatia Lovro Zovko Italy Alessio di Mauro
Italy Alessandro Motti
7–6(7–4), 7–5
Winner 9. September 10, 2011 Genoa, Italy Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos Australia Jordan Kerr
United States Travis Parrott
6–2, 7–5
Winner 10. November 13, 2011 Urtijëi, Italy Carpet Croatia Lovro Zovko Germany Philipp Petzschner
Germany Alexander Waske
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 6. February 12, 2012 Quimper, France Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Maxime Teixeira
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 7. March 4, 2012 Cherbourg, France Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis
Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik
6–4, 6–7(9–11), [0–10]
Winner 11. March 17, 2012 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Hard United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Slovakia Michal Mertiňák
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
7–6(7–2), 2–6, [11–9]
Winner 12. April 21, 2012 Rome, Italy Clay United Kingdom Jonathan Marray Romania Andrei Dăescu
Romania Florin Mergea
6–4, 7–6(7–0)
Winner 13. September 14, 2014 Szczecin, Poland Clay Germany Jan-Lennard Struff Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
6–2, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current up to 2015 French Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 1R 0–2
French Open A 1R Q1 A 1R Q1 0–2
Wimbledon 1R Q1 1R 3R 1R 2–4
US Open 2R A Q2 A 1R 1–2
Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 3–10

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current up to 2013 US Open.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 1–3
French Open 3R 1R A 2–2
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 1–3
US Open A 1R A 0–1
Win–Loss 3–4 1–4 0–2 4–9

Wins over top-10 players per season[edit]

Season 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score Brown
1. United States John Isner 9 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4) 101
2. Spain Rafael Nadal 1 Halle Open, Germany Grass 2R 6–4, 6–1 85


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  2. ^ "atpworldtour.com Profile". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ "itftennis.com Men's Circuit record". itftennis.com. ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ GREG BISHOP (June 20, 2010). "A Wimbledon Journey That Began in a Van". NYT. 
  5. ^ "Brown's Cool Run In Johannesburg". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  6. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09062010/2/tennis-queen-men-singles-results.html
  7. ^ Speck, Ivan (2010-06-22). "Dreaded Dustin Brown is ready for Great Britain's Davis Cup call". Daily Mail (London). 
  8. ^ "Jamaican Brown open to GB switch". BBC News. 2010-06-21. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (2010-06-20). "Dustin Brown hopes to make Jamaica's loss Britain's gain". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Draw showing Brown as German
  12. ^ "BMW OPEN by FWU Takaful" (PDF). ATP. 

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