Wimbledon: German qualifier Dustin Brown, known for his dread-locks, sent shockwaves across the All England Tennis Lawn Tennis Club, as he stunned Rafael Nadal on the Centre Court, where the Spaniard had won two titles in the 2008 and 2010.
The big-hitting German-Jamaican smashed his way into third round with a 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6 over the World No.10. Brown, who dismissed Nadal in Halle last year, described the victory as the performance of his life. Born in Celle, West Germany, on December 8 1984 he moved to his father’s birth country, Jamaica, in 1996.
He made his debut for Jamaica in a match against Bolivia in 2003 despite his paternal grandmother was born in Britain, technically making him eligible for the GB Davis Cup. For Brown, tennis was the not the first choice, but played handball and football as well as judo. At the age of eight, he decided to concentrate solely on tennis.
When he moved to Montego Bay with his parents, he started again on public courts, moving up through the juniors until he joined the Futures circuit in 2010.
Brown cracked the top 100 for the first time in 2010. The 102-ranked has spent most of his career ranked outside the world’s top 100, but that hasn’t stopped him from making his mark on the ATP Tour.
With his kamikaze style of play, Brown has become a fan favourite, regularly regaling crowds with diving volleys and inventive trick shots. He made headlines a decade ago when he began travelling from tournament to tournament in a Volkswagen camper.
His hairstyle is what makes him stand-out and according to Brown, he has not cut his hair for 19 years. Nicknamed as ‘Dreddy’ Brown, he also carries a tattoo of his dad on his side. Brown reached his highest ranking in June 2014, when he was No. 78 on the ATP rankings. The surprise package of the tournament, Nadal surely will not be the last scalp of the ‘Giant Slayer’.