He's half Jamaican, half German. He has the arms of a rower and the dreads of Ziggy. And above all he has the kind of spirit and energy on a tennis court that makes it impossible for you not to root for him. In fact he makes you want to pick up a tennis racket and join him on court just cuz it seems like it's so much fun. Oh and he's pretty easy on the eyes too, to say the least. Those are just some of the many attractive elements that form Dustin Brown's magnetic appeal.
The 26-year-old, nicknamed Dreddy for his signature dreadlocks, caught the eyes of many when he made his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon last year taking Jurgen Melzer to 4 sets in the opening round and later reached the 2nd round at the US Open where he lost to Andy Murray.
He got to be famous for driving a VW camper van to tournaments across Europe, which was his mom's idea of saving costs.
And it looks like that all those accumulated miles of driving around have finally paid off because the world number 123 just earned his first win over a top 20 player with a 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-5 first round victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the BMW Open in Munich.
Dreddy, who now plays for Germany and trains in Hannover, justified the wildcard entry he received into the Munich draw by rallying from a set down against the tournament's second seed to claim the biggest win of his career and his first one on clay.
“It’s unbelievable. Stan is a great player and it wasn’t the best draw,” Brown said after his win on Tuesday.
“If you want to do well, you have to start beating these guys. My mom has been urging me the past couple months to believe in myself and actually believe I can beat these guys."
"I’ve had a lot of tough losses this year against guys like Querrey and Montanes, but I really felt like I could do this today. Even after losing the first set, I still stayed in it and I’m happy I pulled through."
Brown next takes on Radek Stepanek in the 2nd round on Thursday and considering the Czech hasn't been doing very well this year and has slipped to 67 in the rankings, Brown has a big chance of making the quarters in Munich.