Jenson Brooksby: I would have turned pro had i beaten Nikoloz Basilashvili


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Jenson Brooksby: I would have turned pro had i beaten Nikoloz Basilashvili

Promising American Jenson Brooksby would have turned professional had he beaten world No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the US Open second round, per Randy Walker. The American qualifier fought well against the big favorite but fell short in his attempt of making a big surprise as the 17th-seeded Georgian won 3-6 7-6 (3) 6-5 6-2.

The 18-year-old has committed to the Baylor University but he may choose to skip the college tennis and instead play professional tennis next year. Brooksby will further test his game at some of the upcoming Challenger events and then make a decision on what to do next regarding his career.

The turning point of the match against Basilashvili was the second set, when Brooksby failed to capitalize on a big lead and take a two-set lead as the Georgian recovered from two breaks down and saved a set point en route to stealing the set.

However, the 18-year-old finishes his US Open campaign with a huge win earned at the tournament as he stunned former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych in the first round.