10 questions about Dustin Brown – Unpredictable, giant-killer, Dreddy
As one of the craziest shotmakers of his generation, Dustin Brown’s brand of tennis has made him thousands of fans across the globe. Learn more about the talented German at Tennis Majors.
When was Dustin Brown born?
Dustin Brown was born on December 8, 1984, in Celle, Germany. Brown is of Jamaican descent. His father, Leroy is Jamaican; his mother, Inge, is from Germany. He has two step brothers, Steve and Dean.
How tall is Dustin Brown?
Brown is 6ft 5in (1.96m) tall, according to his profile on ATP official website. He weighs 78kgs (172lbs).
What are Dustin Brown’s roots?
Brown has taken an unconventional path to the ATP Tour. He moved to Jamaica when he was 11, and trained there for many years. When he was 20 he returned to Germany and began to travel the Challenger tour in a camper van. He also strung his own racquets in the van and made extra money stringing the racquets of other players.
“It was a brilliant idea by my parents, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to go on playing,” Brown said. “It was a means of competing week in week out.”
What languages does Brown speak?
Brown speaks English, German and Jamaican.
When did he start his pro career?
Brown started his professional career on the Futures circuit in Jamaica in 2002. His first ATP match came in Newport in 2003 but he didn’t play his next tour-level match until 2010 in Johannesburg. Brown owns a 62-98 lifetime record on the ATP Tour, as of 1 June, 2020. He has earned a total of $2,925,302 in prize money.
Who is better, Dustin Brown or Rafael Nadal?
The King of clay has more Grand Slams, but Dustin Brown is 2-0 against Rafael Nadal in their lifetime head-to-head. The German owns the distinction of being the only qualifier to defeat Nadal at a Grand Slam. He did it at Wimbledon in the second round in 2015.
What is Dustin Brown’s claim to fame?
Brown’s wild, raw style has made him thousands of admirers among fans of the ATP Tour. He plays with reckless abandon and is one of the most entertaining players on the circuit. He dives, he hits tweeners, he attacks relentlessly, and he is an acrobatic, artistic talent.
His biggest matches were his two victories over Nadal, including one when Nadal was the world No 1, at Halle in 2014.
Does Dustin Brown have Instagram?
Absolutely. You can find Dustin on Instagram, and as of 1 June, 2020 he has over 106k followers. He likes to post highlights of his amazing shots, and there are plenty of them to post.
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Nice Lil Volley Caught By @TennisMonix During Our 2nd Round Win With @BigFoe1998 @MensClayCourt🎾 2day… #TeamBlackMagic👳🏾👦🏿#Dreddolin🔮 @UnderArmourDACH💯🔥 @ATPWorldTour🌎 #Repost @tennismonix with @repostapp ・・・ @mensclaycourt ladies & gentlemen: I GOT THIS SHOT BY @dreddy_ja on the iPhone camera! GREAT WIN!! #mensclaycourt #awesometeam
What was Dustin Brown’s highest ATP ranking?
Brown reached as high as No 64 in the ATP rankings on October 10th, 2016. He is ranked world No 239 as of 1 June, 2020. Brown reached a career-high of No 43 in the ATP doubles rankings. He has two lifetime doubles titles, which came in 2010 (Metz) and 2012 (Casablanca).
What are some fun facts about Dustin Brown?
Brown is nicknamed “Dreddy” because of his insanely long dreadlocks, which are quite photogenic. He owns five Top 10 wins. Brown has never played an ATP singles final. He played two semi-finals in 2016 at Montpellier and Gstaad.