Dustin Brown (tennis)

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Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown 14, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Jamaica (2002–2010)
 Germany (2010–)
Residence Winsen an der Aller, Germany
Born (1984-12-08) December 8, 1984 (age 31)
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$ 2,043,878
Singles
Career record 48–69
Career titles 0
7 Challengers, 3 Futures
Highest ranking No. 67 (26 September 2016)
Current ranking No. 67 (26 September 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2015)
French Open 2R (2016)
Wimbledon 3R (2013, 2015)
US Open 2R (2010)
Doubles
Career record 65–76
Career titles 2
17 Challengers, 16 Futures
Highest ranking No. 43 (14 May 2012)
Current ranking No. 103 (1 August 2016)
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: 1 August 2016.

Dustin Brown (born December 8, 1984)[1] is a Jamaican-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. 67 in September 2016 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, 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. Brown also said, "Things were just so different. Coming from Germany, having a Game Boy, cable TV and stuff and going to Jamaica and having to realize, 'Shit, there are other things in the world that are important.' I'm very thankful that happened. Maybe without going there I wouldn't be where I am right now."[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]

Career[edit]

2010[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 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.[7]

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.[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]

2012[edit]

Brown partnered Jonathan Marray at the French Open, but lost in the first round. Brown/Marray also reached four Challenger tour finals, winning two in Bosnia and Italy.[12]

2015[edit]

At Wimbledon Brown came through qualifying without dropping a set. After beating Yen-hsun Lu in the first round, Brown then upset 10th seed Rafael Nadal in four sets in the second round,[13] before losing to Victor Troicki in four sets in the next round.

2016[edit]

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.[14] There he lost against 1st seed Richard Gasquet in three sets.
Brown got to the second round of the French Open 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.

ATP World Tour finals[edit]

Brown at the 2010 US Open.

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (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. 26 September 2010 Moselle Open,
Metz, France
Hard (i) Netherlands Rogier Wassen Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 26 February 2012 Open13,
Marseille, France
Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga France Nicolas Mahut
France Edouard Roger-Vasselin
6–3, 3–6, [6–10]
Winner 2. 14 April 2012 Grand Prix Hassan II,
Casablanca, Morocco
Clay Australia Paul Hanley Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Fabio Fognini
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 28 September 2012 Austrian Open,
Kitzbühel, Austria
Clay Australia Paul Hanley Czech Republic Frantisek Cermak
Austria Julian Knowle
6–7, 6–3, [10–12]
Runner-up 3. 14 April 2013 Grand Prix Hassan II,
Casablanca, Morocco
Clay Germany Christopher Kas Austria Julian Knowle
Slovakia Filip Polasek
3–6, 2–6

ATP Challenger Tour titles[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (24)

Singles (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 15 August 2009 Samarqand, Uzbekistan Clay France Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy 7–63, 6–3
2. 18 April 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard South Africa Izak van der Merwe 7–62, 6–3
3. 14 November 2010 Aachen, Germany Carpet (i) Netherlands Igor Sijsling 6–3, 7–63
4. 25 March 2012 Bath, United Kingdom Hard (i) Czech Republic Jan Mertl 7–61, 6–4
5. 8 September 2013 Genoa, Italy Clay Italy Filippo Volandri 7–65, 6–3
6. 14 September 2014 Szczecin, Poland Clay Germany Jan-Lennard Struff 6–4, 6–3
7. 5 June 2016 Manchester, United Kingdom Grass Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun 7–64, 6–1

Doubles (17)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 20 September 2009 Banja Luka, Bosnia Clay Rainer Eitzinger Ismar Gorčić
Simone Vagnozzi
6–4, 6–3
2. 4 April 2010 Naples, Italy Clay Jesse Witten Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–64, 7–5
3. 2 May 2010 Rhodos, Greece Hard Simon Stadler Jonathan Marray
Jamie Murray
7–64, 6–74, [10–7]
4. 6 June 2010 Fürth, Germany Clay Rameez Junaid Martin Emmrich
Joseph Sirianni
6–3, 6–1
5. 8 August 2010 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Rogier Wassen Hans Podlipnik
Max Raditschnigg
3–6, 7–5 [10–7]
6. 18 September 2010 Szczecin, Poland (1) Clay Rogier Wassen Rameez Junaid
Philipp Marx
6–4, 7–5
7. 28 November 2010 Helsinki, Finland Hard (i) Martin Emmrich Henri Kontinen
Jarkko Nieminen
7–617, 0–6, [10–7]
8. 28 August 2011 Manerbio, Italy Clay Lovro Zovko Alessio di Mauro
Alessandro Motti
7–64, 7–5
9. 11 September 2011 Genoa, Italy Clay Horacio Zeballos Jordan Kerr
Travis Parrott
6–2, 7–5
10. 13 November 2011 Urtijëi, Italy Carpet (i) Lovro Zovko Philipp Petzschner
Alexander Waske
6–4, 7–64
11. 17 March 2012 Sarajevo, Bosnia Hard (i) Jonathan Marray Michal Mertiňák
Igor Zelenay
7–62, 2–6, [11–9]
12. 21 April 2012 Rome, Italy Clay Jonathan Marray Andrei Dăescu
Florin Mergea
6–4, 7–60
13. 3 November 2013 Eckental, Germany Carpet (i) Philipp Marx Piotr Gadomski
Mateusz Kowalczyk
7–64, 6–2
14. 13 September 2014 Szczecin, Poland (2) Clay Jan-Lennard Struff Tomasz Bednarek
Igor Zelenay
6–2, 6–4
15. 8 May 2015 Rome, Italy Clay František Čermák Andrés Molteni
Marco Trungelliti
6–1, 6–2
16. 23 August 2015 Meerbusch, Germany Clay Rameez Junaid Wesley Koolhof
Matwé Middelkoop
6–4, 7–5
17. 25 October 2015 Las Vegas, United States Hard Carsten Ball Dean O’Brien
Ruan Roelofse
3–6, 6–3, [10–6]

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won tournament; reached (F) final, (SF) semifinal, (QF) quarterfinal; (R#) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a (RR) round-robin stage; reached a (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent from tournament; played in a (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; won a (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or (NH) tournament not held.
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.
Brown volleying during his second round match at the 2015 Wimbledon
qualifying tournament

Current till 2016 Moselle Open

Singles[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open Q2 1R Q1 Q2 Q1 1R Q1 0–2
French Open A 1R Q1 A 1R Q1 2R 1–3
Wimbledon 1R Q1 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 5–6
US Open 2R A Q2 A 1R 1R 1R 1–4
Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–3 2–3 7–15
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R 0–1
Davis Cup A A A A A PO A 0–1
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 6–10 2–10 4–5 2–3 13–16 10–16 12–11 49–721
Win % 38% 17% 44% 40% 45% 38% 52% 40%
Year-end ranking2 92 161 167 111 89 118

1 Including Overall Win-Loss 2003 (0–1)
2 Year-end ranking 2002: 735, 2003: 529, 2004: 810, 2005: 636, 2006: 563, 2007: 456, 2008: 499, 2009: 144

Doubles[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2–6
French Open A 3R 1R A A 1R A 2–3
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3–6
US Open A A 1R A A A 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–0 3–3 1–4 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 7–17
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 1 / 1 0 / 0 1 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 5
Overall Win–Loss 9–4 8–15 18–14 11–12 9–11 6–13 4–7 65–771
Win % 69% 35% 56% 48% 45% 32% 36% 46%
Year-end ranking 53 69 56 86 85 82

1 Including Overall Win-Loss 2003 (0–1)

Record against top 10 players[edit]

Brown's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface. ( as of 24 September 2016 )

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

Season 2014 2015 2016 Total
Wins 2 1 0 3
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score DB Rank
2014
1. United States John Isner 9 Texas, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4) 101
2. Spain Rafael Nadal 1 Halle, Germany Grass 2R 6–4, 6–1 85
2015
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 10 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass 2R 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4 115

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 December 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "itftennis.com Men's Circuit record". itftennis.com. ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Skidelsky, William. "Dustin Brown: the singular star of Wimbledon's centre court?". The Guardian. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg. "A Wimbledon Journey That Began in a Van". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Brown's Cool Run In Johannesburg". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. February 3, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09062010/2/tennis-queen-men-singles-results.html
  8. ^ "Jamaican Brown open to GB switch". BBC News. June 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (June 20, 2010). "Dustin Brown hopes to make Jamaica's loss Britain's gain". The Guardian. London. 
  10. ^ Draw showing Brown as German
  11. ^ "LAMBERTZ OPEN BY STAWAG". 
  12. ^ "Marray hails 'unpredictable' Brown". 3 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "BBC Sports: Rafael Nadal beaten by Dustin Brown". Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/zverev-gasquet-2016-montpellier-friday

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