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New Crush

Posted by gauloises1 on February 4, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen … Dustin Brown, Jamaica’s finest.

He’s 6’5″, 25 years old, and into the quarterfinals of the SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg, where he’ll face eighth-seeded Stephane Robert. It’s just his second main draw appearance in an ATP tournament.

As the highest-ranked player to ever emerge from Jamaica, 6’ 5” serve and volleyer Dustin Brown could feel entitled to a little more recognition in his sports-loving homeland. But in a country most famous for being home to the world’s fastest man, Brown accepts that, for now at least, he will fly below the radar.

“Five months ago I’d go to Jamaica and go through customs and it would be a hassle getting into my own country even though I am the No. 1 tennis player from the country,” he said. “If Usain Bolt comes, of course he’s a lot bigger than me, he probably doesn’t have to go through customs at all. Now that my ranking has gone to 140, 150 I have been getting a little more media attention in Jamaica; I have been on the TV once or twice on the news.”

[…] Tall, wiry and sporting dreadlocks, World No. 141 Brown commands attention on the court with his athletic, serve and volley game. And, ironically, the boy from the beach is making his breakout in Johannesburg at elevation, where his big serve pierces the rarefied air. Asked about his speed – a Jamaican trait – Brown replied: “Short distances from the net to the baseline I’m fine, but I don’t know if I would be doing 100m sprints against Usain. That wouldn’t look too good.”

Brown was born in Celle, Germany in 1984 to his Jamaican father Leroy and his German mother Inge and lived in the country until 1996, when he moved to Jamaica. After finishing high school Brown played Futures in Jamaica until 2004, when he moved back to Europe, driving himself to Futures and Challengers in a camper van bought for him by his parents. Brown said that his eight years in Jamaica had a significant impact on his personal and professional development.

“It was good to see a harder side of life. In Germany as a 10 or 11 year old you have a computer, a Gameboy, but in Jamaica…. It was good for me personally, mentally and also for my game to get a little tougher and not to whine about everything, which you tend to do if you get pampered all the time. In Jamaica there was not a lot of pampering.”


Did I mention he’s also gorgeous?!

I want to use his ribs as a xylophone. So much so that the Most Boring Player Party Video of All Time is almost worth watching because he’s in it:

16 Responses to “New Crush”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    I don’t care how effing fine he looked in that half second, that video was NOT WORTH IT. Seriously what the hell was that? The good news is that I’ve found a cure for my insomnia. Yup, I’ll have sweet dreams tonight, sweet Dustin Brown dreams.

    Thanks for introducing him to us.

    • gauloises1 said

      Hence the judicious use of the word ‘almost’ 🙂

      Seriously. All I do virtually is follow tennis and I recognise virtually no-one in that video.

      • gauloises1 said

        Yuck, too many virtuallys.

      • Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

        Pfft, you and your words…

        I agree. I’ve been following for some time and I only recognized two players apart from Brown and it’s very possible the guy I think is Rajeev Ram isn’t Rajeev Ram at all and I’m just a racist.

        • gauloises1 said

          I have the exact same concern.

          • linz said

            LOL, I had the same thought *hangs head in shame*.

            It was like they uploaded the first assemble of the project- with no music, voiceover, text- none of the important editing things added in yet. It nearly killed me.

            But he is yummy.

            • harini said

              There were so many Indian guys in that video and nope, none of them were Rajeev Ram.

              I do not understand how all those desi guys got there. I didn’t even know they were all playing. Are they even players? Tennis players, I mean.

              Only people I recognised were Somdev and Dustin Brown (which is thanks to you, Gaul).

              Definitely gorgeous.

  2. Cubbie said

    I do agree that he is a nice looking fellow. I also like his voice- it is like a Jaacian/German accent hybrid.

  3. TennisAce said

    Oh I have just had a chance to come and read and boy am I glad. Whooo Hooo. Talk about hoootttt. Where have you been all my life, you sexy boy you. You have done Jamaica proud. I hope I get to see him play tomorrow for the very first time. Hope he can at least make the finals and dare I hope that he wins. Thank you so much for this. Yummmm

  4. TennisAce said

    Was that supposed to be a player party. Somebody call the WTA stat. Dang, talk about boring.

  5. Lady702 said

    Gauloises, you have great taste.

  6. whitelinefervor said

    Hee! LOL at all you brown-eyed girls. I’ve been a fan since I saw him play in last year’s Eckental Challenger. Plays a nice serve and volley game, too.

  7. fedex said

    La-Raqueta, one of the best tennis blogs in Argentina has a great interview with Dustin. They made it a while ago, when he was nº 400.

    Here’s the link:
    It’s in spanish… sorry!

  8. TennisAce said

    Watching Jamaica’s finest now – at least according to Robbie Koenig or is it Jason Goodall – doing well – he is being described as having a unique game. Fantastic – LOL

  9. Cubbie said

    Too bad he lost today- would have been great for him to be the first Jamacian semifinalist ever at an ATP tour event.


  10. CaroL said

    Thank you gauloises for bringing this gentleman to my attention 😉

    Very good looking – and I had no idea he even existed! It’s a pity he lost.

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