Rising American star Jenson Brooksby couldn't hide his happiness after winning his maiden Challenger title in Potchefstroom last week. Brooksby, who was out for 14 weeks due to a toe injury, won it all in just his third tournament back as he beat Teymuraz Gabashvili in the Potchefstroom final 2-6 6-3 6-0.
''It feels great. With the work I've put in throughout the year and now during the tournaments, it's great to get my first Challenger title today for sure,'' Brooksby told the ATP Challenger Tour website.
Gabashvili made a strong start to the match as he earned two breaks to easily win the opener. After easily losing the opener, Brooksby drastically improved his level as he claimed four breaks in the rest of the match and lost no service games to complete a comeback win.
''I was pretty nervous at the start. Teymuraz started out strong and caught me a bit off guard, but I battled past the nerves, thankfully, to get through,'' Brooksby said.
Brooksby happy to return to the Tour
''I knew that in 2019 I had a good year, winning my first match at the US Open and also the results leading up to that.
But I had a couple injuries at the start of 2020 and then COVID happened. I knew I always had this level in me, but I'm just happy to be out here competing again,'' Brooksby said. Following his win in Potchefstroom, Brooksy climbed to a career-high ranking of No.
249 in the world. Brooksby will now be hoping to continue his good form and ranking rise. ''It gives me great confidence that my game is getting better and be more disciplined out here. I can hold my nerve and compete with these guys and win.
I'm looking forward to the next tournaments coming up and the rest of the year,'' Brooksby noted. Brooksby isn't playing any tournaments this week as he will take a short break before returning to action.