The first time an American has played at Arthur Ashe Stadium, he is ecstatic.
“#NextGenATP On Monday night at the US Open, American Jenson Brooksby rattled World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a set and a half on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 20-year-old had more than shown his worth on the big stage after four sets, courageous in loss, prompting the top seed to say, “America has a bright future in tennis.”
Brooksby, who had just been in the Top 200 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for less than four months, departed to a standing ovation, certain that he had surpassed all expectations on his maiden run to the second week of a Grand Slam. Despite the sadness of losing in the fourth round 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, he felt he had made the most of every chance in front of a raucous home crowd.
“There are a lot of good things to take away. I figured out how to play the game. I’m feeling very good about my game right now. Brooksby said, “I think I can compete with anybody.” “I knew it would be critical to get off to a good start, to establish my mentality, strategy, and game. It’s unquestionably unique.
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“I always love the games and everything that happens at the time. Obviously, you must maintain your concentration. You’ve wanted to be in front of atmospheres like that since you were a child, seeing it on TV when you were younger, and now you’re experiencing it. It’s something I really value, and I’m glad to be here right now. “I’m looking forward to [playing] in environments like this in the future.”
It’s been a spectacular climb from the bottom of the FedEx ATP Rankings to the top of the Top 40 following the US Open. Brooksby just entered the Top 100 earlier this month after reaching the finals in both Newport and Washington, D.C.
As he tries to build on his breakthrough performance, the experience of taking it to the world’s best in the largest Grand Slam arena is important. After his first taste of competitiveness on Arthur Ashe Stadium, he was in no hurry to go.
“I did take a few moments to glance around, just to enjoy being in such a positive environment with so many people rooting for you. He stated, “It took a while to still have it all in after.” “Of course, you’re not going to win every game you play, but you still have to have fun.
“I believe [the belief] comes from more training, but most significantly from different match scenarios versus other players and… the whole process. In the weeks leading up to it, I was certain that I could beat anybody. With the level I could produce out there, I felt I demonstrated that. Unfortunately, it became a bit more difficult physically.”
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