Twenty-year-old American Jenson Brooksby is the tennis player on everyone’s lips at present.
Brooksby is into the semi-finals of the Citi Open in Washington after a resounding 6-1, 6-2 win over Australian 11th seed John Millman on Friday.
Brooksby got into the ATP 500-level event via a wild card after catching the eye last month when he made the final of the ATP grass court event in Newport.
There he lost the championship match to Kevin Anderson but got his revenge in Washington when he beat the South African 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in the first round.
He followed that up with an impressive 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win over highly rated Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Brooksby, the World No 130, has been in red-hot form in 2021, having won three ATP Challenger Tour titles, boasting a 23-3 record at this level. He is also in seventh place in the ATP Race To Milan.
Several pundits have taken note of Brooksby, and even three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is impressed.
Murray tweeted on Friday that Brooksby has “lots of variety” in his game and a “high tennis IQ”.
Brooksby faces Italian fifth seed Jannik Sinner in the Washington semi-finals on Saturday.
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