Murphy Jensen (born October 30, 1968) is an American former professional tennis player and Grand Slam doubles champion. He is the younger brother of former professional tennis player Luke Jensen, with whom he teamed to win the 1993 French Open Doubles title.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||October 30, 1968|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Southern California |
University of Georgia
|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)|
He is the co-founder of WEconnect, a healthcare information technology company with a platform designed to aid addiction recovery, and currently the head coach of the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis.
Murphy Jensen grew up on a Christmas-tree farm in the summer resort town of Ludington in western Michigan. He first saw a tennis net being used to corral salmon along the Pere Marquette River as a boy. His father, former New York Giants offensive guard and high school tennis coach Howard Jensen, taught Murphy and brother Luke to play tennis before they were 5 years old.
Collegiate tennis careerEdit
Jensen and his brother Luke both attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. After two years playing for the USC Trojans, Murphy transferred to the University of Georgia for one year and then turned professional to pursue a career in tennis and to join his brother Luke on the ATP Tour.
Business ownership and activismEdit
After winning the 1993 French Open with Luke, the Jensen brothers became a center-court attraction. Murphy turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress of his new-found success and celebrity status. In 1999, after missing a mixed-doubles match at Wimbledon with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Jensen lost in the first round of the 1999 US Open. Feeling the pressure of work and family responsibilities (his son, William, was born during the tournament), Jensen found himself in the throes of addiction. A hotel manager noticed Jensen's apparent crisis and contacted an interventionist, who asked Jensen to consider treatment for addiction recovery. Jensen agreed, and has since been in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
In 2014, Jensen met serial entrepreneur Daniella Tudor, also in treatment for addiction recovery. After leaving recovery, the two worked together towards improving addiction recovery awareness. In 2016, Jensen, Tudor, and business owner Jen Mallory co-founded WEconnect, a web application platform designed to assist patients with addiction recovery after treatment. Described as a "social-purpose corporation", WEconnect's business platform is centered around providing "accountability for an individual's recovery activities by closing the gap in communication with their support network."
Jensen has been open about his struggles with addiction, and the factors that led to his recovery. He has been in long-term recovery and sober since June 1, 2006, and he cites his close relationships with recovery mentors as one of the key factors in preventing relapse. In founding WEconnect, Jensen's aim is to reduce the stigma of addiction and encourage and lead others with the disorder to receive proper care. He has stated that rather than being remembered as a tennis champion, he hopes to bring awareness to addiction and leave behind a legacy of helping others.
Doubles (four titles)Edit
|1.||June 7, 1993||French Open, Paris||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Marc-Kevin Goellner
|6–4, 6–7, 6–4|
|2.||June 26, 1995||Nottingham, England||Grass||Luke Jensen|| Patrick Galbraith
|6–3, 5–7, 6–4|
|3.||August 26, 1996||Long Island, U.S.||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Hendrik Dreekmann
|4.||July 21, 1997||Washington, D.C., U.S.||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Neville Godwin
|1.||January 18, 1993||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Sandon Stolle
|2.||May 24, 1993||Bologna, Italy||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Danie Visser
|6–4, 4–6, 4–6|
|3.||October 18, 1993||Tokyo Indoor, Japan||Carpet||Luke Jensen|| Grant Connell
|4.||February 28, 1994||Mexico City, Mexico||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Francisco Montana
|5.||September 19, 1994||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Mark Knowles
|6.||May 12, 1997||Coral Springs, U.S.||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Dave Randall
Greg Van Emburgh
|7–6, 2–6, 6–7|
|7.||May 26, 1997||St. Poelten, Austria||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Kelly Jones
Film and television careerEdit
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.
- LA Times
- Murphy Jensen interview
- Only when Murphy Jensen hit rock bottom did he find what he needed
- USC Men's Tennis -- On The Pro Tour Archived August 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, USCTrojans.com, Accessed July 8, 2008.
- Rolling Stone Magazine
- Robin Givens
- Robin Givens Timeline and Biography