Rising tennis star Dustin Brown just pulled off the match of his career so far with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2015. The flamboyant player is currently ranked at 102 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). His next opponent will be Viktor Troicki, the 22nd seed from Serbia.
Here are some quick facts:
- Brown was born in his mother Inge’s home country of Germany on December 8, 1984. His father, Leroy, is Jamaican.
- He began playing tennis at five years old and eventually migrating to Jamaica in 1996.
- He turned pro in 2002, representing Jamaica until 2010.
- Brown changed his nationality to German in October 2010, due to a lack of funding and support from the local tennis association. He had also contemplated playing for Britain.
- This is his second victory over Nadal. Last June, he whipped the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1 at Halle, Germany on the ATP Challenger Tour.
- Brown competes in both singles and doubles. His highest ATP rankings have been 78 in singles (June 6, 2014) and 43 in doubles (May 14-28, 2012).
- He made his Wimbledon debut in 2010, becoming the first Jamaican entry in the British tennis tournament since Richard Russell in 1970.
- He has holds two ATP doubles career titles – Casablanca (with Paul Hanley on clay) in 2012 and Metz (with Rogier Wassen on indoor hard court in 2010).