Murphy Jensen

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Murphy Jensen
Murphy Jensen.jpg
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1968-10-30) October 30, 1968 (age 48)
Ludington, Michigan
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro 1991
Retired 2006
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
College University of Southern California
Prize money $681,817
Career record 0–5
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 586 (11 January 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (1992)
Career record 125–179
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 17 (18 October 1993)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1993, 1994, 1995)
French Open W (1993)
Wimbledon 2R (1993)
US Open 3R (1994, 1995, 1998)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1994, 1996)
French Open SF (1993)
Wimbledon 2R (1995)
US Open QF (1994)

Murphy Jensen (born October 30, 1968) is an American former professional tennis player from Ludington, Michigan, and currently the coach of the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis. His elder brother is former professional tennis player Luke Jensen. Jensen has a son William (born 1999[1][2]) with actress Robin Givens, whom he dated periodically during the late 1990s.

Jensen and his brother attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Jensen was unheard of until 1993 when he and his brother, Luke Jensen, won the men's doubles title at the French Open.

Career finals[edit]

Doubles (4 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (1)
ATP Championship Series (1)
ATP Tour (7)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (4)
Grass (1)
Carpet (0)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
7. June 7, 1993 French Open, Paris Clay United States Luke Jensen Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
Germany David Prinosil
6–4, 6–7, 6–4
8. June 26, 1995 Nottingham, England Grass United States Luke Jensen United States Patrick Galbraith
South Africa Danie Visser
6–3, 5–7, 6–4
9. August 26, 1996 Long Island, U.S. Hard United States Luke Jensen Germany Hendrik Dreekmann
Russia Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
10. July 21, 1997 Washington, D.C., U.S. Hard United States Luke Jensen South Africa Neville Godwin
Netherlands Fernon Wibier
6–4, 6–4

Runners-up (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
4. January 18, 1993 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Hard United States Luke Jensen Australia Sandon Stolle
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
3–6, 4–6
8. May 24, 1993 Bologna, Italy Clay United States Luke Jensen South Africa Danie Visser
Australia Laurie Warder
6–4, 4–6, 4–6
9. October 18, 1993 Tokyo Indoor, Japan Carpet United States Luke Jensen Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
3–6, 4–6
10. February 28, 1994 Mexico City, Mexico Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Francisco Montana
United States Bryan Shelton
3–6, 4–6
11. September 19, 1994 Bogotá, Colombia Clay United States Luke Jensen The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4–6, 6–7
13. May 12, 1997 Coral Springs, U.S. Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Dave Randall
United States Greg Van Emburgh
7–6, 2–6, 6–7
14. May 26, 1997 St. Poelten, Austria Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Kelly Jones
United States Scott Melville
2–6, 6–7

Film and television career[edit]

Since retiring from the game, Jensen has acted in bit parts in films such as Wimbledon and more recently Tennis, Anyone. He currently hosts several programs on the Tennis Channel, including Open Access and Murphy's Guide.

On Open Access Jensen reports on high-profile tennis events around the world and interviews participating players about their lives and careers.

Each episode of the more comedic Murphy's Guide is a guide for tourists to a particular city where a major tennis tournament is taking place, such as Paris, London, New York, Melbourne etc. At least one major player appears at some point in the episode, and there is usually a brief segment about where enthusiasts of the game can play when in town, but the show's content mainly features Jensen attempting to navigate the city's sights, trying exotic food, and interacting with locals in his unique style. Through his experiences and misadventures, however, specific travel information about local hotels, restaurants, and attractions is conveyed, often with the help of animated maps and graphics. Many episodes also feature a scripted opening sequence, such as Jensen being made to walk the plank by the pirates of Treasure Island in Las Vegas, being psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud in Vienna, and impersonating James Bond and Crocodile Dundee in London and Melbourne, respectively.


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