|Country (sports)|| Jamaica (2002-2010)|
|Residence||Winsen an der Aller, Germany|
|Born||8 December 1984|
Celle, West Germany
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
*occasionally uses one-handed backhand
|Career record||62-99 (38.5% in ATP Tour events)|
|Highest ranking||No. 64 (10 October 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 340 (12 July 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2011, 2015, 2017, 2018)|
|French Open||2R (2016)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2013, 2015)|
|US Open||2R (2010, 2017)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2016)|
|Career record||74-89 (45.4% in ATP Tour events)|
|Highest ranking||No. 43 (14 May 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 194 (3 May 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2011, 2015)|
|French Open||3R (2011)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2012, 2014, 2016)|
|US Open||1R (2012, 2016)|
|Last updated on: 3 May 2021.|
Dustin Brown (born 8 December 1984) is a Jamaican-German professional tennis player. He rose to fame after beating Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Halle Open and Wimbledon 2015, and is known for his technique, speed, and entertaining playing style, often entertaining the crowd with trick shots.
Brown competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, in singles and doubles, having won 24 overall titles. His highest career singles world rank at No. 64 was in October 2016, and doubles world rank at No. 43 in May 2012. Brown is also notable for being one of the only two players to remain undefeated against Rafael Nadal after playing more than one match with him, holding a 2-0 head-to-head record.
Brown was born on 8 December 1984 in Celle, West Germany, a town situated near the city of Hanover. His father Leroy met his German born mother Inge in Jamaica and would settle in Celle for a time. This unusual dual nationality has earned him the nickname "Shabba" based on a line from Jamie Foxx in the 1997 comedy Booty Call where he claimed to be a "Germaican". He played several sports such as football, judo, and handball throughout his childhood. He started playing tennis at the age of 5 but didn't really focus on the sport until the age of eight: "When I made the decision to pursue tennis instead of football, of course I wanted to be successful. I didn't want just to end up playing for a club somewhere." His reported idol growing up was Russian tennis player and former world number 1 Marat Safin. His junior tennis career went well enough to draw the attention of Kim Michael Wittenberg, an American who ran a tennis academy near Hanover. Wittenberg regularly gave Brown lessons, and according to his pupil, he "taught me to play tennis."
At 11 years old, in 1996, the family returned to Jamaica, particularly Montego Bay. The move was motivated in part by the high cost of training in Germany as well as his need to develop discipline on the court: "I was pretty mentally soft when I was young. Anything could happen when I played--I could lose my temper, I got disqualified." In Jamaica, track and field, soccer, and cricket were the sports that commanded the best resources, tennis was played on poorly maintained public courts and with low-quality balls. Nevertheless, he continued to play junior tennis.
In 2004, 20-year-old Brown became unhappy with tennis in Jamaica, his family thought his potential warranted returning to Germany and a Volkswagen campervan that could sleep up to three people set him up. The mobile lodgings enabled him to play in the various European tournaments: "It was a brilliant idea by my parents, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go on playing. It was a means of competing week in, week out." He also brought in income with his racquet stringing machine, giving other players lower cost service, and letting out his spare mobile accommodations for a night.
As a junior, Brown only competed in 2 junior grand slams in 2002 where he made the second round of Junior Wimbledon in singles and the quarterfinals of Junior US Open in doubles. Brown ended his junior career with a high ranking of 61 (attained on March 18, 2002) and a 34-26 record in singles and a high ranking of 116 (attained on November 11, 2002) and a 15-24 record in doubles.
Brown officially turned pro in 2002 and represented Jamaica early in his career. Between 2002 and 2009, Brown earned a handful of ITF and ATP challenger finals winning several. These results gradually boosted Brown's ranking overtime.
In his second main circuit appearance after a first-round loss at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 2003, Brown defeated fourth seed Marco Chiudinelli and No. 139 Laurent Recouderc to reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he lost to eventual runner-up Stéphane Robert. Brown became the second Jamaican after Doug Burke at the 1989 BP National Championships in Wellington, New Zealand, to reach the quarterfinals of a main ATP Tour event.
On 17 May 2010 Brown cracked a singles career top 100 world rank at No. 99.
Brown played his third ATP tour event at the 2010 Aegon Championships (Queen's Club), defeating first-round opponent Frank Dancevic, in three sets; his loss came in the second round to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
By June 2010, a lack of funding and support from the Jamaican Tennis Association tempted him to switch national association to Great Britain, his paternal grandparents being British. In October 2010 he decided to compete for Germany and his debut event playing under the German flag was Eckental. His first title success playing under the German flag came at 2010 Lambertz Open.
In 2014 he achieved his most significant career win by defeating world No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal at the Halle Open as a wildcard.
At Wimbledon in 2015 Brown came through qualifying without dropping a set. After beating Yen-hsun Lu in the first round, Brown then upset, for the second time in his career, 10th seed and 2-time champion Rafael Nadal in four sets in the second round, before losing to Victor Troicki in four sets in the next round.
Brown reached his first singles semifinal on the ATP World Tour at the 2016 Open Sud de France after having lost eight consecutive quarterfinal matches. There, he lost against top seed Richard Gasquet in three sets.
Brown reached a career debut second round of the French Open in 2016.
After winning the 2016 Aegon Manchester Trophy, Brown received a wild card for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. There, he beat Du?an Lajovi? in the first round before losing to Nick Kyrgios in the second. Both matches were decided in five sets.
Brown competed in the first round of the 2016 Summer Olympics against Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. Brown was leading 6-4, 4-4 when he went down with an ankle injury. Medical staff taped him, he returned to the match playing two points. Bellucci increased the score to 4-5 in the second set. Brown could not return play and retired in tears.
On 13 June 2019, Brown upset compatriot and world No. 5 Alexander Zverev at the 2019 Stuttgart Open in the second round. Following this victory, he lost in a third-set tiebreaker to Félix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinal.
Throughout 2021, Brown seemed to focus less on singles and more on doubles as he was competing in more doubles events than singles and was finding more success as he was reaching a handful of quarterfinals and semifinals in challenger events and ATP events.
Brown is widely considered as a serve-and-volleyer as he is known for his big serves and lightly dropping the ball in once it is returned to him. Brown's shotmaking style is very unorthodox as he mixes his shots up with hard-hitting groundstrokes to light drop shots which makes his opponents have to be ready for anything on every point. Brown is also known for his impressive trick shots where he hits seemingly impossible shots. These shots include tweeners, behind-the-back shots, diving shots, down-the-line shots, etc. This causes Brown's playing style to be highly entertaining to the crowd as most tennis fans call him one of the most entertaining players on the tour.
Current through the 2021 Stuttgart Open.
Current through the 2021 Swiss Open Gstaad.
|Win||1-0||Sep 2010||Moselle Open,
|250 Series||Hard (i)||Rogier Wassen|| Marcelo Melo
|Loss||1-1||Feb 2012||Open 13,
|250 Series||Hard (i)||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|| Nicolas Mahut
|6-3, 3-6, [6-10]|
|Win||2-1||Apr 2012||Grand Prix Hassan II,
|250 Series||Clay||Paul Hanley|| Daniele Bracciali
|Loss||2-2||Jul 2012||Austrian Open Kitzbühel,
|250 Series||Clay||Paul Hanley|| Franti?ek ?ermák
|6-7(4-7), 6-3, [10-12]|
|Loss||2-3||Apr 2013||Grand Prix Hassan II,
|250 Series||Clay||Christopher Kas|| Julian Knowle
|Loss||2-4||Apr 2017||US Clay Court Championships,
|250 Series||Clay||Frances Tiafoe|| Julio Peralta
|6-4, 5-7, [6-10]|
|ATP Challenger (8-9)|
|ITF Futures (3-8)|
|Loss||0-1||Dec 2002||Jamaica F22, Trelawny||Futures||Hard||Jean-Julien Rojer||4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||0-2||Jul 2006||Germany F7, Kassel||Futures||Clay||Luká? Lacko||6-3, 3-6, 4-6|
|Loss||0-3||Jan 2007||Germany F1, Nußloch||Futures||Carpet (i)||Florin Mergea||3-6, 2-6|
|Win||1-3||Jul 2007||Germany F9, Römerberg||Futures||Clay||Ruben Bemelmans||6-3, 7-6(7-4)|
|Loss||1-4||Sep 2007||Germany F16, Friedberg||Futures||Clay||Marc Meigel||2-6, 6-4, 3-6|
|Loss||1-5||Sep 2007||France F15, Forbach||Futures||Carpet (i)||Josselin Ouanna||5-7, 6-7(4-7)|
|Loss||1-6||Apr 2008||Turkey F3, Antalya||Futures||Clay||Andrei Gorban||3-6, 1-6|
|Win||2-6||Jun 2008||Germany F8, Trier||Futures||Clay||Tobias Clemens||7-5, 6-7(6-8), 6-0|
|Loss||2-7||Jan 2009||Spain F2, Magaluf||Futures||Clay||Andoni Vivanco-Guzman||7-6(7-4), 5-7, 6-7(4-7)|
|Loss||2-8||Feb 2009||Spain F3, Murcia||Futures||Clay||Javier Genaro-Martinez||4-6, 4-6|
|Win||3-8||Mar 2009||Switzerland F2, Vaduz||Futures||Carpet (i)||Miloslav Me?í?||3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)|
|Loss||0-1||May 2009||Karlsruhe, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Florian Mayer||2-6, 4-6|
|Win||1-1||Aug 2009||Samarqand, Uzbekistan||Challenger||Clay||Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy||7-6(7-3), 6-3|
|Loss||1-2||Aug 2009||Almaty, Kazakhstan||Challenger||Hard||Ivan Sergeyev||3-6, 7-5, 4-6|
|Loss||1-3||Nov 2009||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Daniel Brands||4-6, 4-6|
|Loss||1-4||Nov 2009||Aachen, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Rajeev Ram||6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-5), 6-7(2-7)|
|Win||2-4||Apr 2010||Johannesburg, South Africa||Challenger||Hard||Izak van der Merwe||7-6(7-2), 6-3|
|Win||3-4||Nov 2010||Aachen, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Igor Sijsling||6-3, 7-6(7-3)|
|Win||4-4||Mar 2012||Bath, United Kingdom||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jan Mertl||7-6(7-1), 6-4|
|Loss||4-5||Mar 2013||Sarajevo, Bosnia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Adrian Mannarino||6-7(3-7), 6-7(2-7)|
|Win||5-5||Sep 2013||Genoa, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Filippo Volandri||7-6(7-5), 6-3|
|Loss||5-6||Nov 2013||Andria, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Márton Fucsovics||3-6, 4-6|
|Win||6-6||Sep 2014||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Jan-Lennard Struff||6-4, 6-3|
|Loss||6-7||Oct 2015||Fairfield, United States||Challenger||Hard||Taylor Fritz||3-6, 4-6|
|Win||7-7||Jun 2016||Manchester, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Lu Yen-hsun||7-6(7-4), 6-1|
|Loss||7-8||Sep 2016||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Alessandro Giannessi||2-6, 3-6|
|Loss||7-9||Sep 2018||Genoa, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Lorenzo Sonego||2-6, 1-6|
|Win||8-9||Apr 2019||Sophia Antipolis, France||Challenger||Clay||Filip Krajinovi?||6-3, 7-5|
|ATP Challenger (20-16)|
|ITF Futures (16-16)|
|Win||1-0||Sep 2003||Jamaica F9, Montego Bay||Futures||Hard||Ryan Russell|| Clement Morel
|Loss||1-1||Oct 2003||Jamaica F11, Montego Bay||Futures||Hard||Ryan Russell|| Dan Kiernan
|4-6, 0-2 ret.|
|Loss||1-2||Aug 2004||Netherlands F4, Alphen||Futures||Clay||Eric Kuijlen|| Francisco Costa
|Loss||1-3||Sep 2004||Germany F15, Kempten||Futures||Clay||Sascha Hesse|| Joaquin Lillo
|4-6, 6-3, 4-6|
|Loss||1-4||Jul 2005||Germany F6, Trier||Futures||Clay||Sebastian Rieschick|| Rameez Junaid
|Loss||1-5||Sep 2005||Germany F13, Nuremberg||Futures||Clay||Tobias Klein|| Matthias Bachinger
|Loss||1-6||Sep 2005||Germany F14, Kempten||Futures||Clay||Tobias Klein|| Jerome Becker
|6-4, 4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||1-7||Sep 2005||Germany F15, Friedberg||Futures||Clay||Tobias Klein|| Jerome Becker
|Win||2-7||Mar 2006||Switzerland F1, Wilen||Futures||Carpet (i)||Tobias Klein|| Lado Chikhladze
|6-4, 4-6, 7-5|
|Win||3-7||Mar 2006||Switzerland F2, Leuggern||Futures||Carpet (i)||Tobias Klein|| Jerome Becker
|4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-2)|
|Win||4-7||Jul 2006||Germany F8, Trier||Futures||Clay||Daniel Puttkammer|| Stefan Kilchhofer
|6-3, 4-6, 6-4|
|Loss||4-8||Feb 2007||Germany F4, Mettmann||Futures||Carpet (i)||Sascha Kloer|| Maximilian Abel
|Win||5-8||Mar 2007||Switzerland F3, Wilen||Futures||Carpet (i)||Roman Borvanov|| Patrick Eichenberger
|6-0, 6-7(9-11), 6-3|
|Loss||5-9||Jul 2007||Germany F9, Römerberg||Futures||Clay||Bruno Rodriguez|| Andre Begemann
|1-6, 6-4, 1-6|
|Win||6-9||Sep 2007||Germany F15, Kempten||Futures||Clay||Jeroen Masson|| Nicolás Todero
|Loss||6-10||Sep 2007||France F15, Forbach||Futures||Carpet (i)||Daniel Müller|| Daniel Danilovic
|Win||7-10||Feb 2008||Germany F4, Mettmann||Futures||Carpet (i)||Daniel Danilovic|| Alexander Sadecky
Izak Van der Merwe
|6-4, 4-6, [10-7]|
|Win||8-10||Feb 2008||Germany F5, Schwieberdingen||Futures||Carpet (i)||Alexander Sadecky|| Du?an Karol
Izak van der Merwe
|Win||9-10||Mar 2008||Switzerland F1, Leuggern||Futures||Carpet (i)||Armin Sandbichler|| B?a?ej Koniusz
|Win||10-10||Apr 2008||Turkey F3, Antalya||Futures||Clay||Peter Steinberger|| Daniel Stoehr
|Win||11-10||Jun 2008||Germany F8, Trier||Futures||Clay||Stefan Seifert|| Peter Torebko
|Win||12-10||Jul 2008||Germany F9, Kassel||Futures||Clay||Stefan Seifert|| Timo Nieminen
|5-7, 6-1, [10-5]|
|Loss||12-11||Sep 2008||France F14, Mulhouse||Futures||Hard (i)||Stefan Seifert|| Ruben Bemelmans
|Loss||12-12||Oct 2008||Germany F21, Hambach||Futures||Carpet (i)||Stefan Seifert|| Kevin Deden
|Loss||12-13||Jan 2009||Spain F1, Ciutadella||Futures||Clay||Peter Steinberger|| Íñigo Cervantes
|Win||13-13||Jan 2009||Spain F2, Magaluf||Futures||Clay||Peter Steinberger|| Agustin Boje-Ordonez
|6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-3), [12-10]|
|Win||14-13||Feb 2009||Spain F3, Murcia||Futures||Clay||Daniel Stoehr|| Guillermo Alcorta
|Win||15-13||Feb 2009||Spain F4, Murcia||Futures||Clay||Peter Steinberger|| Romano Frantzen
|Loss||15-14||Mar 2009||Switzerland F1, Greifensee||Futures||Carpet (i)||Alexander Sadecky|| Michal Tabara
|7-6(8-6), 5-7, [10-12]|
|Loss||15-15||Mar 2009||Switzerland F2, Greifensee||Futures||Carpet (i)||Alexander Sadecky|| Henri Laaksonen
|Loss||15-16||Mar 2009||Switzerland F2, Vaduz||Futures||Carpet (i)||Alexander Sadecky|| Jeremy Blandin
|Win||16-16||Jun 2009||Germany F7, Trier||Futures||Clay||Kevin Deden|| Érik Chvojka
|4-6, 6-3, [10-6]|
|Win||1-0||Sep 2009||Banja Luka, Bosnia||Challenger||Clay||Rainer Eitzinger|| Ismar Gor?i?
|Loss||1-1||Feb 2010||Belgrade, Serbia||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Martin Slanar|| Ilija Bozoljac
|Win||2-1||Apr 2010||Naples, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Jesse Witten|| Rohan Bopanna
|Win||3-1||May 2010||Rhodos, Greece||Challenger||Hard||Simon Stadler|| Jonathan Marray
|7-6(7-4), 6-7(4-7), [10-7]|
|Loss||3-2||May 2010||Cairo, Egypt||Challenger||Clay||Andre Begemann|| Martin Slanar
|Loss||3-3||May 2010||Biella, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Alessandro Motti|| James Cerretani
|3-6, 6-2, [9-11]|
|Win||4-3||Jun 2010||Fürth, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Rameez Junaid|| Martin Emmrich
|Win||5-3||Aug 2010||Kitzbühel, Austria||Challenger||Clay||Rogier Wassen|| Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
|3-6, 7-5, [10-7]|
|Win||6-3||Sep 2010||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Rogier Wassen|| Rameez Junaid
|Win||7-3||Nov 2010||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard (i)||Martin Emmrich|| Henri Kontinen
|7-6(19-17), 0-6, [10-7]|
|Loss||7-4||Mar 2011||Dallas, United States||Challenger||Hard (i)||Björn Phau|| Scott Lipsky
|Loss||7-5||Jun 2011||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Martin Emmrich|| Colin Fleming
|6-4, 6-7(8-10), [11-13]|
|Win||8-5||Aug 2011||Manerbio, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Lovro Zovko|| Alessio di Mauro
|Win||9-5||Sep 2011||Genoa, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Horacio Zeballos|| Jordan Kerr
|Win||10-5||Nov 2011||Ortisei, Italy||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Lovro Zovko|| Philipp Petzschner
|Loss||10-6||Feb 2012||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jonathan Marray|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
|Loss||10-7||Mar 2012||Cherbourg, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jonathan Marray|| Laurynas Grigelis
|6-4, 6-7(9-11), [0-10]|
|Win||11-7||Mar 2012||Sarajevo, Bosnia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jonathan Marray|| Michal Merti?ák
|7-6(7-2), 2-6, [11-9]|
|Win||12-7||Apr 2012||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Jonathan Marray|| Andrei D?escu
|Loss||12-8||Aug 2013||Meerbusch, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Philipp Marx|| Rameez Junaid
|Win||13-8||Nov 2013||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Philipp Marx|| Piotr Gadomski
|Loss||13-9||Nov 2013||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard (i)||Philipp Marx|| Henri Kontinen
|5-7, 7-5, [5-10]|
|Win||14-9||Sep 2014||Szczecin, Poland (2)||Challenger||Clay||Jan-Lennard Struff|| Tomasz Bednarek
|Win||15-9||May 2015||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Franti?ek ?ermák|| Andrés Molteni
|Win||16-9||Aug 2015||Meerbusch, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Rameez Junaid|| Wesley Koolhof
|Loss||16-10||Oct 2015||Sacramento, United States||Challenger||Hard||Daniel Brands|| Bla? Kav?i?
|1-6, 6-3, [3-10]|
|Loss||16-11||Oct 2015||Fairfield, United States||Challenger||Hard||Carsten Ball|| Johan Brunström
|3-6, 7-5, [5-10]|
|Win||17-11||Oct 2015||Las Vegas, United States||Challenger||Hard||Carsten Ball|| Dean O'Brien
|3-6, 6-3, [10-6]|
|Loss||17-12||Nov 2015||Andria, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Carsten Ball|| Marco Chiudinelli
|Loss||17-13||Aug 2017||Meerbusch, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Antonio ?an?i?|| Kevin Krawietz
|Loss||17-14||Oct 2017||Ismaning, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Tim Pütz|| Marin Draganja
|7-6(7-1), 2-6, [8-10]|
|Win||18-14||Sep 2018||Como, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Andre Begemann|| Martin Kli?an
|3-6, 6-4, [10-5]|
|Win||19-14||Jan 2019||Nouméa, New Caledonia||Challenger||Hard||Donald Young|| André Göransson
|Loss||19-15||Feb 2019||Bergamo, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Tomislav Brki?|| Laurynas Grigelis
|Win||20-15||Nov 2020||Eckental, Germany (2)||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Antoine Hoang|| Lloyd Glasspool
|6-7(8-10), 7-5, [13-11]|
|Loss||20-16||Jun 2021||Milan, Italy||Challenger||Clay|| Tristan-Samuel
| Vít Kop?iva
Brown's match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10,with those who are active in boldface.
Only ATP Tour and Challenger main draw matches are considered.
|1.||John Isner||9||Houston, United States||Clay||2R||6-4, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-4)||101|
|2.||Rafael Nadal||1||Halle, Germany||Grass||2R||6-4, 6-1||85|
|3.||Rafael Nadal||10||Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4||115|
|4.||Marin ?ili?||7||Montpellier, France||Hard (i)||2R||6-4, 6-4||84|
|5.||Alexander Zverev||5||Stuttgart, Germany||Grass||2R||6-4, 6-7(3-7), 6-3||170|
|Year||Earnings (US$)||ATP rank|