Legendary tennis coach Jose Higueras thinks nowadays "everybody plays pretty much pretty similar" but Jenson Brooksby is one of the players that stand out and is worth watching. Brooksby, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
43 in the world, won three Challenger titles last year before finishing runner-up in Newport. Higueras, the 1983 Indian Wells champion and a former world No. 6, knows how to spot a talent, having worked with Roger Federer in the past.
“Jenson comes out, he plays a little different than a lot of the other people do, but he has a great sense of the game, he’s got something that is tough to teach people, in terms of the decisions that he makes, the depth that he creates, and he’s a great competitor—that’s about the best thing that you can say about an athlete,” Higueras told the Indian Wells Masters website.
“I don’t go out of my way to watch a lot of people to be honest, because when I’m at tournaments sometimes it can become a little monotonous, because everybody plays pretty much pretty similar, but there are some players that I always make an effort to go watch because I love tennis and I enjoy watching them and Jenson is one of them”.
Brooksby determined to reach the new heights
Brooksby, 21, is one of the fastest-improving players on the Tour and coach Joseph Gilbert says it's the absolute pleasure working with the talented American. “He’s really excited and fired up right now to keep learning,” he says.
“So that makes my job easier. Before, through the juniors and getting up the rankings, it’s a grind, to plug away every day, because the mountain is still really far away. So now when you get on this stage, it’s where he wants to be.
Now it’s just figuring out how to get better from here," Gilbert said. A positive COVID-19 test forced Brooksby out of the Australian Open. This season, Brooksby made the Columbus Challenger semifinal and finished runner-up in Delray Beach.