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 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 US$ 1,681,739
Career record 36–58
Career titles 0
5 ATP Challenger Tour
Highest ranking No. 78 (June 16, 2014)
Current ranking No. 79 (October 26, 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2011, 2015)
French Open 1R (2011, 2014)
Wimbledon 3R (2013, 2015)
US Open 2R (2010)
Career record 61–69
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 43 (May 14, 2012)
Current ranking No. 70 (June 29, 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2011, 2015)
French Open 3R (2011)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: July 3, 2015.

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. 78 in June 2014 and his highest doubles ranking of World No. 43 in May 2012.[2][3]

He is one of only a few players to have a winning record against the 14-time major champion and former No. 1 Rafael Nadal, having beaten him on at the 2014 Gerry Weber Open and the 2015 Wimbledon Championships in their only two meetings.[4]

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."[5] 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."[6][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."[5] 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."[5] Nevertheless, he continued to play junior tennis.[6]

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.[6] 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.[5]



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.[7]

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.[8]

Brown at the 2010 US Open.

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.[9][10] 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.[11] Brown won his first title playing under the German flag at the 2010 Lambertz Open by STAWAG.[12]

Brown volleying during his second round match at the 2015 Wimbledon
qualifying tournament


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.

Performance timelines[edit]


Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R 0–2
French Open 1R LQ 1R 0–2
Wimbledon 1R LQ 1R 3R 1R 3R 4–5
US Open 2R LQ 1R 1R 1–3
Win–Loss 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–3 5–12


Grand Slam tournaments
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Australian Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2–5
French Open 3R 1R 1R 2–3
Wimbledon 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2–5
US Open 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 3–3 1–4 0–2 1–2 1–3 6–14

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. United States John Isner 9 Texas, United States Clay 2R 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–4)
2. Spain Rafael Nadal 1 Halle, Germany Grass 2R 6–4, 6–1
3. Spain Rafael Nadal 10 Wimbledon, London, Great Britain Grass 2R 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4


  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. ^ Nick McCarvel, Special for USA TODAY Sports (July 2, 2015). "Rafael Nadal upset by German Dustin Brown at Wimbledon". USA TODAY. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Skidelsky, William. "Dustin Brown: the singular star of Wimbledon's centre court?". The Guardian. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Bishop, Greg. "A Wimbledon Journey That Began in a Van". The New York Times. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Brown's Cool Run In Johannesburg". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. February 3, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09062010/2/tennis-queen-men-singles-results.html
  9. ^ "Jamaican Brown open to GB switch". BBC News. June 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (June 20, 2010). "Dustin Brown hopes to make Jamaica's loss Britain's gain". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ Draw showing Brown as German
  13. ^ "BBC Sports: Rafael Nadal beaten by Dustin Brown". Retrieved July 3, 2015. 

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