Brooksby, the revelation tennis player of 2021

The ATP awarded the young Jenson Brooksby (19 years, 56th in the world ranking) with the award of “Revelation of the Year”. It has been a dream year for the Sacramento native after climbing nearly 250 spots throughout the season.

The American started 2021 in position 310 and competing in the M25 in Villena, Spain. There it was measured against players from the Top 400 and 500 reaching the semifinal. Between February and March, he was present at the Potchefstroom 2 and Cleveland Challengers, being the winner in the first (against Teymuraz Gabashvili) and runner-up in the second.

With an outing through the Miami Masters 1000 qualifier in between without positive results (he was eliminated in the second stage) Brooksby returned to the Challengers and won consecutively Orlando and Tallahassee. Until then, in just four months of competition, he had climbed 147 places and had the pleasure of making his debut in the main draw at Roland Garros (with a loss) against Aslan Karatsev.

His ATP debut took place in Newport, a tournament in which he reached the final, leaving a Top 100 like Jordan Thompson on the road (71st at that time) but could not lift the trophy that went to Kevin Anderson.. A month later, he would enter the 100 best in the world thanks to his great performance in the ATP 500 in Washington (semifinalist) and his surprising victory against Félix Auger-Aliassime (15th at the time).

The ranking he currently has (56 °) was, again, thanks to reaching the semifinals. In antwerp the American beat Michael Geerts, Norbert Gombos, Reilly Opelka, Botic van de Zandschulp and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before falling to Diego Schwartzman.