Brandon Nakashima (89th) It is no longer a promise to become a reality. With only 20 years the american has disputed two ATP finals in recent weeks and broke into the Top 100 for the first time.
A small park in San Diego, California, was the place where B-Nak (nickname with which he is known in his privacy) started playing tennis. The responsible? His grandfather Pham. “My mom’s dad is from Vietnam. He started taking me out on the court when I was about three and a half years old, just throwing balls at me at a local park. and from that moment on I started to practice more and more every day “he revealed to Ubi Tennis in mid-2020.
From a very early age this young son of pharmacists excelled in tennis and attracted the attention of several universities. When he finished high school, it was the University of Virginia that captivated him and it was his new home between the ages of 17 and 18. Going there, he acknowledges, was positive to later become a professional. “It was crucial on and off the court for me. It helped me in my game and made me mature as a person.. I would advise most players to go to college and get that experience, “he said in the aforementioned interview last year.
In Virginia, he achieved a record of 17-5 in your first year. Although he had planned to continue three more, his career as a professional came first. “I have not experienced a lot of pressure during the first months playing professionally. I am one of the younger players so there is not a lot of pressure on me.“he revealed as soon as he began to take his first steps.
But as time passed, the American began to gain attention for his game. Without having completed two decades, he had the luxury of training with Novak Djokovic in the run-up to the 2020 US Open. Referring to the Serbian, he said: “He is a very good person and a high-level tennis player. It is great to learn from him, to see how he does things when he’s on the court and how professional he is. It was definitely a great experience for me. ”
For the Californian, his game is very similar to that of the current number one in the world. “I like to look at all the top players, but I think now my game is more similar to Djokovic’s. “Despite this, he was honest with his idolatry for Roger Federer.” I always liked watching him play.
With a dream 2021, in which he was a finalist in the ATP 250 of Los Cabos and Atlanta, in addition to winning a Challenger (Quimper), Nakashima is preparing for a much more important objective: to stand out for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament as the US Open and possible qualification to the Next Gen ATP Finals. There, he is with two other Americans who promise a lot: Sebastián Korda and Jenson Brooksby.
Although the history of the North American is just beginning, This young man who defines himself as shy and introverted and who enjoys disconnecting from tennis playing golf, is one of the four Under-20 players in the Top 100 (along with Sinner, Alcaraz and Musetti) and promises many more surprises on the circuit.