26 June 2013

Dustin Brown fires shots at Wimbledon

Photograph from Wikipedia Commons

Dustin Brown. What can you say about the dread-locked caravan enthusiast? After not dropping a set in three qualifying rounds and the first round proper he unleashed several shots never seen at the All England Club before to blow away former champion and world number one Lleyton Hewitt.

The world number 189 thrilled Court Two with some outrageous winners that would never be found in any coaching manual.

The pace and precision of his serves came as much of a shock to Hewitt as the spin and bounce generated by his 6' 5'' frame. Tennis watchers all over the world have taken to social media to express their love for the German of Jamiacan descent whose care-free attitude produced a gripping win.

Many thought that 32-year-old Hewitt was going to surprise a few this year after reaching the semi-finals at Queen's and ousting 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening round, but it was not to be.

Brown is such a cool customer who did not seem to feel any nerves as he served out for the match and endeared himself to viewers with his exuberant celebrations and post-match tears.

After the match Brown was trending on Twitter and gained thousands of followers before tweeting: "#DidAllThatJustHappen... #CriedLikeALilGirl #ARastsManRunDiWorl #TeamDreddy."

The 28-year-old played for many years on the Futures and Challenger circuits with a world ranking fluctuating between 450 and 550. Living in a camper-van he travelled Europe using his winnings to buy petrol and food. 

He reached a career-high of 89 in 2010 and was playing in just his eighth Grand-Slam tie today. He will now play in the third round against world number 111 Adrian Mannarino with a good chance of reaching the second week. 

Whatever happens from now Brown will be remembered as one of the faces of Wimbledon 2013 and will get a handsome check to boost his current account. #TeamDreddy

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