|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||October 30, 1968|
Ludington, Michigan, United States
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Southern California |
University of Georgia
|Career titles||0 |
0 Challenger, 0 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 586 (11 January 1993)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (1992)|
|Career titles||4 |
3 Challenger, 0 Futures
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (18 October 1993)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1993, 1994, 1995)|
|French Open||W (1993)|
|US Open||3R (1994, 1995, 1998)|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (1994, 1996)|
|French Open||SF (1993)|
|US Open||QF (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.
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.
Murphy Jensen grew up on a Christmas-tree farm in the summer resort town of Ludington in western Michigan. He is of Danish descent He first saw a tennis net being used to corral salmon along the Pere Marquette River as a boy. His father (who tried out with the New York Giants as an offensive guard and then became a high school tennis coach) Howard Jensen, taught Murphy and brother Luke to play tennis before they were 5 years old.
Jensen and his brother Luke both attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. 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.
After winning the 1993 French Open with Luke, the Jensen brothers became a center-court attraction. 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.
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.
Jensen has been open about his struggles with addiction, and the factors that led to his recovery. 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.
|Loss||0-1||Jan 1993||Sydney, Australia||World Series||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Sandon Stolle
|Loss||0-2||May 1993||Bologna, Italy||World Series||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Danie Visser
|6-4, 4-6, 4-6|
|Win||1-2||Jun 1993||Paris, France||Grand Slam||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Marc-Kevin Goellner
|6-4, 6-7, 6-4|
|Loss||1-3||Oct 1993||Tokyo, Japan||Championship Series||Carpet||Luke Jensen|| Grant Connell
|Loss||1-4||Feb 1994||Mexico City, Mexico||World Series||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Francisco Montana
|Loss||1-5||Sep 1994||Bogota, Colombia||World Series||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Mark Knowles
|Win||2-5||Jun 1995||Nottingham, United Kingdom||World Series||Grass||Luke Jensen|| Danie Visser
|6-3, 5-7, 6-4|
|Win||3-5||Aug 1996||Long Island, United States||World Series||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Hendrik Dreekmann
|Loss||3-6||May 1997||Coral Springs, United States||World Series||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Dave Randall
Greg Van Emburgh
|7-6(7-2), 2-6, 6-7(2-7)|
|Loss||3-7||May 1997||St. Pölten, Austria||World Series||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Kelly Jones
|Win||4-7||Jul 1997||Washington, United States||Championship Series||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Neville Godwin
|Win||1-0||Aug 1991||Salou, Spain||Challenger||Clay||Francisco Montana|| Wayne Arthurs
|5-7, 6-2, 7-5|
|Win||2-0||Dec 1991||Hong Kong, Hong Kong||Challenger||Hard||Luke Jensen|| Mike Briggs
|Loss||2-1||Mar 1992||Zaragoza, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Martin Damm|| David Adams
|2-6, 6-1, 4-6|
|Loss||2-2||Jun 1992||Cologne, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Brian Devening|| Marc-Kevin Goellner
|4-6, 7-6, 1-6|
|Win||3-2||Apr 1997||Birmingham, United States||Challenger||Clay||Luke Jensen|| Fredrik Bergh
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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.