Jenson Brooksby

Jenson Tyler "J. T." Brooksby[1][2] (born October 26, 2000) is an American professional tennis player. He reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 33 on 13 June 2022.

Jenson Brooksby
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Brooksby at the 2021 French Open
Full nameJenson Tyler Brooksby
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceCarmichael, California, United States
Born (2000-10-26) October 26, 2000 (age 21)
Sacramento, California, United States
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro2021
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeBaylor
CoachJoseph Gilbert
Prize moneyUS$1,473,313
Singles
Career record40–28 (58.8%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 33 (13 June 2022)
Current rankingNo. 37 (1 August 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
French Open1R (2021, 2022)
Wimbledon3R (2022)
US Open4R (2021)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 1403 (November 18, 2019)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
US Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 1 August 2022.

Collegiate careerEdit

Brooksby enrolled at Baylor University to play college tennis, but turned pro after he redshirted his freshman season due to injury.[3]

Professional careerEdit

2018: Grand Slam debutEdit

 
Brooksby at the 2018 US Open.

On August 12, 2018, Brooksby defeated Brandon Nakashima to win the USTA Boys' under-18 national championship.[4] This victory earned him a wild card into the main draw of the US Open.[5] He lost in the first round to eventual quarterfinalist John Millman.[6]

2019: US Open second roundEdit

On August 23, 2019, Brooksby qualified for the main draw of the US Open, where he defeated Tomáš Berdych in four sets in the first round.[7] However, in the second round, Brooksby went down in a four-set match to 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.[8]

2021: First ATP final, US Open fourth round, Top 60 debutEdit

In 2021, Brooksby won three Challenger trophies, at Potchefstroom-2, Orlando-1, and Tallahassee.[9] He made his debut in the top 150 by reaching a then career high of world No. 149 on June 14, 2021.

He also reached his first ATP tour final at the 2021 Hall of Fame Open in Newport, defeating Evgeny Donskoy,[10] Denis Kudla,[11] Peter Gojowczyk,[12] and 7th seed Jordan Thompson.[13] He became the second-youngest player to reach the final in the 45-year tournament history on Newport's grass courts.[14] He lost to 8th seed Kevin Anderson in the final.[15] This result brought Brooksby up to a new career high of No. 126 on July 19, 2021.

At the 2021 Citi Open, Brooksby upset 2nd seed and 15th ranked Félix Auger-Aliassime to earn his first top 50 (and top 20) win and advance into his first ATP 500 level quarterfinal.[16] He beat John Millman[17] to advance to his first ATP 500 semifinal, where he lost to 5th seed (and eventual champion) Jannik Sinner.[18] As a result of this run, Brooksby entered the top 100 for the first time, becoming world No. 99 on August 9, 2021.[19]

The following week at the 2021 National Bank Open, Brooksby made his debut at ATP 1000 level but lost in the first round to Nikoloz Basilashvili.[20]

Brooksby then received a singles wildcard into the US Open. He reached the fourth round of a Major for the first time, defeating Mikael Ymer,[21] compatriot Taylor Fritz,[22] and 21st seed Aslan Karatsev.[23] Brooksby, aged 20, became the youngest American to reach the US Open fourth round since a then 20-year-old Andy Roddick did so in 2002. Brooksby defeated Karatsev in the 31st five-setter of the tournament – tied with 2015 Wimbledon for most at a Grand Slam event, since 34 at the 2004 US Open. He then lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets.[24]

As a qualifier at the 2021 European Open, Brooksby reached the semifinals where he lost to Diego Schwartzman.[25] As a result he reached a new career-high ranking of No. 59 on October 25, 2021.

Brooksby qualified for the 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals but did not play due to injury.[26]

2022: Two finals, Major third round, Two Masters fourth rounds, Top 35Edit

At the 2022 Dallas Open, Brooksby made his second ATP final where he lost to Reilly Opelka.[27] As a result, he moved into the top 50 for the first time at world No. 45 on 14 February 2022.

At the 2022 BNP Paribas Open, Brooksby reached the fourth round of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career, defeating World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas for his first top 10 win.[28] He repeated the feat at the 2022 Miami Open reaching the fourth round in his consecutive Masters 1000 where he lost to the top seed and World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev.[29]

He reached a career-high of No. 34 on 16 May 2022 after a third round showing at the Masters 1000 in Rome.

On his debut, he reached the third round of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships for the first time at this Major where he lost to Christian Garin.[30]

Seeded 6th at the 2022 Atlanta Open, he reached the second round after defeating Benoît Paire in straight sets.[31] Next he defeated Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.[32] He then reached the semifinals after defeating 6-time champion and No. 2 seed John Isner, who saved four match points in the third set.[33] He then advanced to the finals after defeating Frances Tiafoe.[34] He lost to 2019 champion Alex de Minaur in straight sets.[35]

Playing StyleEdit

Brooksby is a defensive baseliner, who specialises in winning baseline rallies and employs a counterpunching style of play frequently.

Brooksby’s unique playing style and shot mechanics has been called "unorthodox" by his peers.[36][37] His game is built on his movement and redirection of the ball. He has short take backs on his groundstrokes so he can disguise his shots on both sides. His serve is widely considered to be his greatest weakness, despite his height.[38] He also has a high rally tolerance, able to outlast and grind down his opponents in long rallies.

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2022 Korea Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Wimbledon A A NH A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
US Open 1R 2R A 4R 3R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
Win–loss 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 4–3 0 / 7 8–7 53%
ATP Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A NH 2R 4R 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Miami Open A A NH Q2 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A NH A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Madrid Open A A NH A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Canadian Open A A NH 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Shanghai Masters A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Paris Masters A A A 1R[a] 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Win–loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 9–6 0 / 8 10–8 56%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 1 0 7 19 Career total: 28
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 1 2 Career total: 3
Overall win–loss 0–1 1–1 0–0 15–7 24–19 0 / 28 40–28 59%
Year-end ranking 978 269 307 56

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 Series (0–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2021 Hall of Fame Open, United States 250 Series Grass   Kevin Anderson 6–7(8–10), 4–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2022 Dallas Open, United States 250 Series Hard (i)   Reilly Opelka 6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Loss 0–3 Jul 2022 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Alex de Minaur 3–6, 3–6

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 7 (6–1)Edit

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3–1)
ITF Futures Tour (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (5–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2019 M25 Bakersfield, USA World Tennis Tour Hard   Aleksandar Vukic 6–3, 6–1
Win 2–0 Jul 2019 M25 Champaign, USA World Tennis Tour Hard   Oliver Crawford 6–2, 6–1
Win 3–0 Jul 2019 M25 Decatur, USA World Tennis Tour Hard   Santiago Rodríguez Taverna 6–1, 6–4
Win 4–0 Feb 2021 Potchefstroom, South Africa Challenger Hard   Teymuraz Gabashvili 2–6, 6–3, 6–0
Loss 4–1 Mar 2021 Cleveland, USA Challenger Hard (i)   Bjorn Fratangelo 5–7, 4–6
Win 5–1 Apr 2021 Orlando, USA Challenger Hard   Denis Kudla 6–3, 6–3
Win 6–1 Apr 2021 Tallahassee, USA Challenger Clay   Bjorn Fratangelo 6–3, 4–6, 6–3

Record against other playersEdit

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Brooksby's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who are active in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered:

Player Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
  Carlos Alcaraz 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (3–6, 3–6, 3–6) at 2022 US Open
  Novak Djokovic 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (6–1, 3–6, 2–6, 2–6) at 2021 US Open
  Daniil Medvedev 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (5–7, 1–6) at 2022 Miami
Number 2 ranked players
  Casper Ruud 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (3–6, 4–6) at 2022 Rome
  Alexander Zverev 0–2 0% 0–2 Lost (6–3, 6–7(10–12), 2–6) at 2022 Acapulco
Number 3 ranked players
  Stefanos Tsitsipas 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (1–6, 6–3, 6–2) at 2022 Indian Wells
Number 4 ranked players
  Tomáš Berdych 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 6–4) at 2019 US Open
Number 5 ranked players
  Kevin Anderson 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 Won (7–6(7–4), 6–3) at 2021 Washington DC
Number 7 ranked players
  David Goffin 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–0, 7–6(7–1)) at 2022 Rome
Number 8 ranked players
  Félix Auger-Aliassime 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2021 Washington DC
  John Isner 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (3–6, 6–1, 6–4) at 2022 Atlanta
  Karen Khachanov 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–0, 6–3) at 2022 Indian Wells
  Cameron Norrie 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2022 Indian Wells
  Diego Schwartzman 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (4–6, 0–6) at 2021 Antwerp
Number 9 ranked players
  Roberto Bautista Agut 1–2 33% 1–1 0–1 Lost (5–7, 1–6) at 2022 Montreal
  Jannik Sinner 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (6–7(2–7), 1–6) at 2021 Washington DC
Number 10 ranked players
  Denis Shapovalov 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (5–7, 4–6) at 2022 Seoul
Total 8–13 38.1% 7–10
(41%)
1–2
(33%)
0–1
(0%)
* Statistics correct as of 3 October 2022.

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

  • He has a 1–6 (14.3%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2022 Total
Wins 1 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score JBR
2022
1.   Stefanos Tsitsipas 5 Indian Wells, United States Hard 3R 1–6, 6–3, 6–2 43
*As of 14 March 2022

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 2021 Paris Masters does not count towards total tournaments played nor are matches included in the win-loss column due to Brooksby withdrawing from the main draw after successfully qualifying because of an abdominal injury.[39]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The Tennis Conversation: Jenson Brooksby, a piano man and Nadal fan".
  3. ^ "Men's Tennis Signs Brooksby to National Letter of Intent". baylorbears.com. December 12, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
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  5. ^ Kapetanakis, Arthur (August 13, 2018). "OSUIGWE, BROOKSBY WIN USTA JUNIOR NATIONAL TITLES". USTA. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
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  10. ^ "ATP roundup: American Jenson Brooksby wins at Newport, R.I., grass tourney". Reuters. July 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "JENSON BROOKSBY ON THE RISE WITH ATP RUN IN NEWPORT".
  12. ^ "#NextGenATP Brooksby Powers Into First ATP SF In Newport".
  13. ^ "20-year-old American Brooksby makes final in Newport". July 17, 2021.
  14. ^ "20-year-old American Brooksby makes final in Newport". Associated Press. July 17, 2021.
  15. ^ "Anderson Returns To The Winners' Circle In Newport".
  16. ^ "Red-Hot Brooksby Bounces Felix In Washington".
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  31. ^ "Jenson Brooksby Breezes Past Benoit Paire in Atlanta | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  32. ^ "Satisfaction Guaranteed: Brooksby Reaches Atlanta QFs, Faces Isner Next". ATP Tour.
  33. ^ "STAT OF THE DAY: AMERICAN JENSON BROOKSBY IS NOW 5–0 IN ATP QUARTERFINAL MATCHES". tennis.com.
  34. ^ "Comeback Kid: De Minaur Returns To Atlanta Final, Faces Brooksby". ATP Tour.
  35. ^ "Back In The Winners' Circle! De Minaur Defeats Brooksby For Atlanta Title". ATP Tour.
  36. ^ "Variety is the spice of Jenson Brooksby's tennis life". usopen.org.
  37. ^ "AFTER APPLAUDING BROOKSBY'S STYLE, MURRAY RESPONDS TO TWITTER SHADE". tennis.com.
  38. ^ "Tennis great Andy Roddick says he would only need 4 days to fix the serve of the upstart 20-year-old American who battled Novak Djokovic". insider.com.
  39. ^ "Lucky Loser Koepfer Saves 7 MPs, Stuns Murray In Paris". ATP Tour.

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Awards
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