Rising American star Jenson Brooksby has qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. Brooksby, 20, entered the 2021 season with only one Tour-level win but he has enjoyed a breakthrough season on the Tour in 2021. Brooksby made four Challenger finals this year, ended runner-up in Newport, made the Washington semifinal and also reached the US Open round-of-16.
Following a win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Antwerp quarterfinal, Brooksby clinched a spot for the Next Gen ATP Finals. Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Korda booked tickets for the Next Gen ATP Finals earlier.
Brooksby praised by Tommy Haas, Reilly Opelka
Former world No. 2 Haas sees Brooksby as a hard-working young player who is striving to become the best in the world. "Yeah, Brooksby in his on-court interview after this first round, he said ‘I’m so happy I won.
I’m so happy I have the opportunity to be in the next round but I’m not really satisfied with the way I played today, so I’m actually going to go to the practice courts right after this and work on my game a little more.’ You see how focused he is out there," Haas told Boardroom.
"You see also that he’s not the most talented player in the world, but he does everything that he can to try to be the best player that he can be and constantly improve. You can kind of sense that. And the way he fights in the way he represents himself out there.
It’s something special and you don’t see that in all the players, all the time, no matter where you’re from." Meanwhile, Opelka believes that Brooksby will enjoy success at the Grand Slam level. "The young guys are better than us, if I’m being honest.
Korda is a hell of a player…Brooksby is brutal…He’s going to be a big second-week guy.," Opelka said recently.