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Murphy Jensen

Murphy Jensen
Murphy Jensen.jpg
Jensen in 2009
Country (sports) United States
Born (1968-10-30) October 30, 1968 (age 53)
Ludington, Michigan, United States
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Turned pro1991
Retired2006
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
University of Georgia
Prize money$681,817
Singles
Career record0-5
Career titles0
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 586 (11 January 1993)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (1992)
Doubles
Career record125-179
Career titles4
3 Challenger, 0 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 17 (18 October 1993)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (1993, 1994, 1995)
French OpenW (1993)
Wimbledon2R (1993)
US Open3R (1994, 1995, 1998)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open1R (1994, 1996)
French OpenSF (1993)
Wimbledon2R (1995)
US OpenQF (1994)

Murphy Jensen (born October 30, 1968) is an American former professional tennis player and Grand Slam doubles champion. He is the younger brother of former professional tennis player Luke Jensen, with whom he teamed to win the 1993 French Open Doubles title.[1]

He is the co-founder of WEconnect, a healthcare information technology company with a platform designed to aid addiction recovery, and currently the head coach of the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis.

Early life

Murphy Jensen grew up on a Christmas-tree farm in the summer resort town of Ludington in western Michigan. He is of Danish descent[2] He first saw a tennis net being used to corral salmon along the Pere Marquette River as a boy.[3] His father (who tried out with the New York Giants as an offensive guard[4] and then became a high school tennis coach) Howard Jensen, taught Murphy and brother Luke to play tennis before they were 5 years old.

Collegiate tennis career

Jensen and his brother Luke both attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.[5] After two years playing for the USC Trojans, Murphy transferred to the University of Georgia for one year and then turned professional to pursue a career in tennis and to join his brother Luke on the ATP Tour.

Business ownership and activism

After winning the 1993 French Open with Luke, the Jensen brothers became a center-court attraction.[6] Murphy turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress of his new-found success and celebrity status. In 1995, he missed a mixed-doubles match at Wimbledon with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and his family feared he had been kidnapped.[7]

Feeling the pressure of work and family responsibilities (his son, William, was born during the tournament), Jensen found himself in the throes of addiction. A hotel manager noticed Jensen's apparent crisis and contacted an interventionist, who asked Jensen to consider treatment for addiction recovery. Jensen agreed, and has since been in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

In 2014, Jensen met serial entrepreneur Daniella Tudor, also in treatment for addiction recovery. After leaving recovery, the two worked together towards improving addiction recovery awareness. In 2016, Jensen, Tudor, and business owner Jen Mallory co-founded WEconnect, a web application platform designed to assist patients with addiction recovery after treatment. Described as a "social-purpose corporation", WEconnect's business platform is centered around providing "accountability for an individual's recovery activities by closing the gap in communication with their support network." In June 2016, WEconnect won the TechCrunch Seattle Meet-Up, and was then chosen as the wildcard battlefield startup at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in September later that year.[8]

Personal life

Jensen has a son William (born 1999[9][10]) with actress Robin Givens, whom he dated periodically during the late 1990s.

Jensen has been open about his struggles with addiction, and the factors that led to his recovery.[11] He has been in long-term recovery and sober since June 1, 2006, and he cites his close relationships with recovery mentors as one of the key factors in preventing relapse.[12]

ATP career finals

Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (1-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP Championship Series (1-1)
ATP World Series (2-6)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-1)
Clay (1-5)
Grass (1-0)
Carpet (0-1)
Finals by setting
Outdoors (4-6)
Indoors (0-1)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 1993 Sydney, Australia World Series Hard United States Luke Jensen Australia Sandon Stolle
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
3-6, 4-6
Loss 0-2 May 1993 Bologna, Italy World Series Clay United States Luke Jensen South Africa Danie Visser
Australia Laurie Warder
6-4, 4-6, 4-6
Win 1-2 Jun 1993 Paris, France Grand Slam Clay United States Luke Jensen Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
Germany David Prinosil
6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Loss 1-3 Oct 1993 Tokyo, Japan Championship Series Carpet United States Luke Jensen Canada Grant Connell
United States Patrick Galbraith
3-6, 4-6
Loss 1-4 Feb 1994 Mexico City, Mexico World Series Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Francisco Montana
United States Bryan Shelton
3-6, 4-6
Loss 1-5 Sep 1994 Bogota, Colombia World Series Clay United States Luke Jensen The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
4-6, 6-7
Win 2-5 Jun 1995 Nottingham, United Kingdom World Series Grass United States Luke Jensen South Africa Danie Visser
United States Patrick Galbraith
6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Win 3-5 Aug 1996 Long Island, United States World Series Hard United States Luke Jensen Germany Hendrik Dreekmann
Russia Alexander Volkov
6-3, 7-6
Loss 3-6 May 1997 Coral Springs, United States World Series Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Dave Randall
United States Greg Van Emburgh
7-6(7-2), 2-6, 6-7(2-7)
Loss 3-7 May 1997 St. Pölten, Austria World Series Clay United States Luke Jensen United States Kelly Jones
United States Scott Melville
2-6, 6-7
Win 4-7 Jul 1997 Washington, United States Championship Series Hard United States Luke Jensen South Africa Neville Godwin
Netherlands Fernon Wibier
6-4, 6-4

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Doubles: 5 (3-2)

Legend
ATP Challenger (3-2)
ITF Futures (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Clay (2-1)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Aug 1991 Salou, Spain Challenger Clay United States Francisco Montana Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Carl Limberger
5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Win 2-0 Dec 1991 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Challenger Hard United States Luke Jensen United States Mike Briggs
United States Trevor Kronemann
walkover
Loss 2-1 Mar 1992 Zaragoza, Spain Challenger Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm South Africa David Adams
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
2-6, 6-1, 4-6
Loss 2-2 Jun 1992 Cologne, Germany Challenger Clay United States Brian Devening Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
Germany Bernd Karbacher
4-6, 7-6, 1-6
Win 3-2 Apr 1997 Birmingham, United States Challenger Clay United States Luke Jensen Sweden Fredrik Bergh
Sweden Rikard Bergh
6-2, 7-6

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Doubles

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R A A 1R A A 0 / 6 3-6 33%
French Open A A W 3R QF 1R 3R 1R A A A A 1 / 6 13-5 72%
Wimbledon Q1 A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 6 1-6 14%
US Open A A 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 3R 1R A A A 0 / 7 7-7 50%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 9-3 5-4 6-4 0-4 2-4 2-3 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 / 25 24-24 50%
Year-end Championships
ATP Finals DNQ RR Did Not Qualify 0 / 1 0-3 0%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A Q2 2R SF 1R 2R 1R A Q1 A A 0 / 5 5-5 50%
Miami A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 7 1-7 13%
Monte Carlo A A 2R 1R 1R A A A A A A A 0 / 3 1-3 25%
Hamburg A A 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Rome A A SF 2R A A A 2R A A A A 0 / 3 5-3 63%
Canada A A A A A A 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Cincinnati A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R A A 1R 1R 0 / 8 3-8 27%
Paris A A 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 1 0-1 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 4-6 3-5 3-4 1-3 2-4 2-5 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0 / 30 15-30 33%

Mixed doubles

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R A 1R A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
French Open SF 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 4-4 50%
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R A 1R 0 / 4 1-4 20%
US Open 2R QF A A 1R 0 / 3 3-3 50%
Win-loss 5-3 2-4 1-2 0-2 0-2 0 / 13 8-13 38%

Film and television career

Since retiring from the game, Jensen has acted in bit parts in films such as Wimbledon and more recently Tennis, Anyone. He currently hosts several programs on the Tennis Channel, including Open Access and Murphy's Guide.

On Open Access Jensen reports on high-profile tennis events around the world and interviews participating players about their lives and careers.

Each episode of the more comedic Murphy's Guide is a guide for tourists to a particular city where a major tennis tournament is taking place, such as Paris, London, New York, Melbourne etc. At least one major player appears at some point in the episode, and there is usually a brief segment about where enthusiasts of the game can play when in town, but the show's content mainly features Jensen attempting to navigate the city's sights, trying exotic food, and interacting with locals in his unique style. Through his experiences and misadventures, however, specific travel information about local hotels, restaurants, and attractions is conveyed, often with the help of animated maps and graphics. Many episodes also feature a scripted opening sequence, such as Jensen being made to walk the plank by the pirates of Treasure Island in Las Vegas, being psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud in Vienna, and impersonating James Bond and Crocodile Dundee in London and Melbourne, respectively.

References

  1. ^ LA Times
  2. ^ Murphy Jensen interview
  3. ^ Only when Murphy Jensen hit rock bottom did he find what he needed
  4. ^ "Ludington's Howard Jensen will be missed".
  5. ^ USC Men's Tennis -- On The Pro Tour Archived August 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, USCTrojans.com, Accessed July 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine
  7. ^ "Jensen Mystery Partially Solved : Wimbledon: Player calls to say he is safe, but remains in hiding for unexplained reasons". Los Angeles Times. July 5, 1995.
  8. ^ "WeConnect is an app to support addiction recovery".
  9. ^ Robin Givens
  10. ^ Robin Givens Timeline and Biography
  11. ^ "HEROES- Murphy Jensen". YouTube.
  12. ^ "WeConnect's app helps addicts navigate the journey to recovery". July 5, 2017.

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