Rising American star Jenson Brooksby admitted that playing against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium was an experience he will never forget. Brooksby, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 76 in the world, clashed Djokovic in the US Open round-of-16.
Brooksby made a stunning start to the match but Djokovic recovered to win in four sets 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-2. “There’s nothing more exciting than having that atmosphere in Ashe, against someone like Djokovic,” Brooksby told TENNIS magazine.
“100 percent that feeling motivates me to get back there, to those types of moments”. Brooksby hasn't played since the US Open but he is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters. “I took a couple of days off to rest my body,” Brooksby says of his post-Open activity.
“Since then I’ve been working on my physicality, bringing more of that to the court. I’m ready to get out and compete again”.
Brooksby working hard on his game
Brooksby has been working on improving his shots.
“It’s not about power for me, or hitting harder,” Brooksby says. “It’s more about learning to hit each shot, getting the little details right, and executing what we work on in practice every day”.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is in danger of missing the Australian Open as Victoria Premier Dan Andrews has told the Serb that unvaccinated players won't be allowed to play at Melbourne Park. "With so much on the line for Novak, you've got to think that he's seriously going to think about it ...
he's tied at 20 with Roger and Rafa for Grand Slam titles and he wants to take that over and spread that gap," Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said. "Coming to the tournament that he's won so much, you've got to think he's seriously thinking about doing it. It would be a shock to me if he doesn't come to Australia."