Rising American star Jenson Brooksby has had a big year on the Challenger Tour and now he is trying to prove that he can play good tennis on the ATP Tour. Brooksby, ranked at No. 152 in the world, has made four Challenger finals this year.
Brooksby has been absolutely impressive on the Challenger Tour this year, having won all of his four finals played. “I try to treat every match the same. But I want to prove that I can do the same things at all the ATP Tour events as I’ve done at the Challengers so far,” Brooksby said.
“I’m very motivated to prove myself and for everybody to see how well I can do here. I’m pushing for that”.
Brooksby aims a deep Newport run
On Monday, former world No. 147 Brooksby made a good start to his campaign in Newport.
Brooksby, 20, beat Evgeny Donskoy 7-5 6-3 to start his Newport debut in style. Brooksby made a good start to the match as he claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game after converting his fourth break point.
After earning the first break of the match in the sixth game, Brooksby failed to serve out for the opener in the ninth game. However, Brooksby kept his focus as he broke Donskoy in the 12th game to win the opener. After winning a tight first set, Brooksby made a great start to the second set as he took an early 3-0 lead.
Brooksby held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win. “I think grass can actually be the best surface for my game style. Not quite yet, I’ve only played one match, but I think in the future it could actually be the best surface for my style, how I train and how I play,” Brooksby said. “I’m excited to play some more on grass”. Brooksby plays next against Denis Kudla.