|Country (sports)||United States|
October 30, 1968 |
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Southern California|
|Highest ranking||No. 586 (11 January 1993)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (1992)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (18 October 1993)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1993, 1994, 1995)|
|French Open||W (1993)|
|US Open||3R (1994, 1995, 1998)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1994, 1996)|
|French Open||SF (1993)|
|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) with actress Robin Givens, whom he dated periodically during the late 1990s.
Jensen was unheard of until 1993 when he and his brother, Luke Jensen, won the men's doubles title at the French Open.
Doubles (4 titles)
|7.||June 7, 1993||French Open, Paris||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Marc-Kevin Goellner
|6–4, 6–7, 6–4|
|8.||June 26, 1995||Nottingham, England||Grass||Luke Jensen|| Patrick Galbraith
|6–3, 5–7, 6–4|
|9.||August 26, 1996||Long Island, U.S.||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Hendrik Dreekmann
|10.||July 21, 1997||Washington, D.C., U.S.||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Neville Godwin
|4.||January 18, 1993||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Sandon Stolle
|8.||May 24, 1993||Bologna, Italy||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Danie Visser
|6–4, 4–6, 4–6|
|9.||October 18, 1993||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Luke Jensen|| Grant Connell
|10.||February 28, 1994||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Francisco Montana
|11.||September 19, 1994||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Mark Knowles
|13.||May 12, 1997||Coral Springs, U.S.||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Dave Randall
Greg Van Emburgh
|7–6, 2–6, 6–7|
|14.||May 26, 1997||St. Poelten, Austria||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Kelly Jones
Film and television career
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.