Dustin Brown (tennis)

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Dustin Brown
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Brown at the 2016 US Open
Country (sports)  Jamaica (2002–2010)
 Germany (2010–)
Residence Winsen an der Aller, Germany
Born (1984-12-08) 8 December 1984 (age 33)
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 US$2,746,421
Official website dustintennis.de
Singles
Career record 60–97
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 64 (10 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 228 (20 August 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2015, 2017, 2018)
French Open 2R (2016)
Wimbledon 3R (2013, 2015)
US Open 2R (2010, 2017)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2016)
Doubles
Career record 72–86
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 43 (14 May 2012)
Current ranking No. 196 (20 August 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011, 2015)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 2R (2012, 2014, 2016)
US Open 1R (2012, 2016)
Last updated on: 20 August 2018.

Dustin Brown (born 8 December 1984)[1] is a Jamaican-German professional tennis player. He rose to fame after beating Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Halle Open and Wimbledon 2015, and is known for his technique, speed and entertaining playing style, often entertaining the crowd with trick shots during matches.

Brown competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, both in singles and doubles, winning 24 overall titles. He reached his highest ATP singles ranking of world No. 64 in October 2016 and his highest doubles ranking of world No. 43 in May 2012.[2][3] Brown is also notable for being one of the only two players to remain undefeated against Rafael Nadal after playing more than one match with him.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born on 8 December 1984 in Celle, West Germany, a town situated near the city of Hanover. His father Leroy is native to Jamaica, while his mother Inge is German. Dustin's parents met in Jamaica and later settled in Celle. Outside of tennis, he played sports such as football, judo, and handball throughout his childhood. He began to focus solely on tennis at the age of eight, saying: "When I made the decision to pursue tennis instead of football, of course I wanted to be successful. I didn't want just to end up playing for a club somewhere."[4] Despite not seeing tremendous success in tennis as a junior, he drew attention from Kim Michael Wittenberg, an American who ran a tennis academy near Hanover. Wittenberg regularly gave Brown lessons, and according to his pupil, he "taught him to play tennis."[4][5]

When Brown was 11 years old, in 1996, he and his parents emigrated to Jamaica and specifically moved to the city of Montego Bay. The decision was partly made because of the cost of playing tennis in Germany and to make Dustin more disciplined on the court. He said, "I was pretty mentally soft when I was young. Anything could happen when I played—I could lose my temper, I got disqualified."[4] In Jamaica, in which track and field, soccer, and cricket are considered the most popular sports, he only got a chance to play tennis on poorly maintained public courts and with low-quality balls.[4] Nevertheless, he continued to play junior tennis.[5]

In 2004 20-year-old Brown became unhappy with tennis in the country, but seeing his potential, the family decided to move back to Germany. In that same year Brown's parents gave him a Volkswagen campervan that could sleep up to three people.[5] Since he did not need to stay at hotels, he was able to use the money saved to travel around Europe playing in tournaments. He said, "It was a brilliant idea by my parents, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go on playing. It was a means of competing week in, week out." Brown, who also owned a racquet stringing machine, would earn money by restringing racquets for other players at a low cost as well as allowing players to use his spare beds for a night.[4]

Tennis career[edit]

2002–2009[edit]

Early in his career, Brown represented Jamaica.

2010–2017[edit]

Brown at the Boodles Challenge in 2010

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.[6]

On 17 May 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.

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] 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.[9] Brown won his first title playing under the German flag at the 2010 Lambertz Open by STAWAG.[10]

Brown partnered Jonathan Marray at the 2012 French Open, but lost in the first round. Brown/Marray also reached four Challenger tour finals, winning two in Bosnia and Italy.[11]

Brown at the 2014 US Open.

In 2014 he recorded the biggest win of his career by defeating world No. 1 Rafael Nadal at the Halle Open.

At Wimbledon in 2015 Brown came through qualifying without dropping a set. After beating Yen-hsun Lu in the first round, Brown then upset 10th seed and 2-time former champion Rafael Nadal in four sets in the second round,[12] before losing to Victor Troicki in four sets in the next round.

Brown reached his first singles semifinal on the ATP World Tour at the 2016 Open Sud de France after losing eight quarterfinals in a row.[13] There, he lost against top seed Richard Gasquet in three sets.

Brown got to the second round of the French Open in 2016 for the first time.

After winning the 2016 Aegon Manchester Trophy, Brown received a wild card for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. There, he beat Dušan Lajović in the first round before losing to Nick Kyrgios in the second. Both matches were decided in five sets.

Brown competed in the first round of the 2016 Summer Olympics against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Brown was leading 6-4, 4-4 when he went down with an apparent ankle injury. He was taped up by the medical staff and attempted to reenter the match. He played two points, and Bellucci increased the score to 4-5 in the second set. When it was clear Brown could not return, he retired in tears.

Brown lost in straight sets to Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2017 in the second round.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brown, Dustin". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 74–77. ISBN 978-0-8242-1113-4. 
  2. ^ "atpworldtour.com Profile". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "itftennis.com Men's Circuit record". itftennis.com. ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Skidelsky, William. "Dustin Brown: the singular star of Wimbledon's centre court?". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg. "A Wimbledon Journey That Began in a Van". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Brown's Cool Run In Johannesburg". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jamaican Brown open to GB switch". BBC News. 21 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (20 June 2010). "Dustin Brown hopes to make Jamaica's loss Britain's gain". The Guardian. London. 
  9. ^ "Results Archive - ATP World Tour - Tennis" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "LAMBERTZ OPEN BY STAWAG". Archived from the original on 28 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Marray hails 'unpredictable' Brown". 3 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sports: Rafael Nadal beaten by Dustin Brown". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Zverev Beats Berrer To Reach Montpellier Semis - ATP World Tour - Tennis". 
  14. ^ Jurejko, Jonathan; Newbery, Piers. "Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray & Johanna Konta makes it four Britons in round three". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 

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