Lleyton done and dusted

26 Jun


Qualifier Dustin Brown crashes down another ace.

Swashbuckling dreadlocked and carefree. No not Captain Jack Sparrow, not Bob Marley. It’s tennis journeyman, German Dustin Brown. Brown was in scintillating form out on Court #3 at Wimbledon against little Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt had his loyal fanatics egging him on but, to use one of their AC/DC motivational songs – was Thunder Struck by Brown’s all out assault.

Dustin Brown is a Jamaican beanpole. 6′ 5″ and 78kg, he speaks Jamaican, German and English and today played the match of his life. Brown (Dreddy to his friends) spent his early pro career driving from event to event in Europe in his camper van. No five star hotels for him. He came into the match ranked 189 in the world. Lleyton Hewitt had coach Tony Roche scout information on him, he didn’t have much to go on, he’s “unpredictable” you could almost hear Coach Roche say – and neither Roche nor Hewitt would be much the wiser after this match. 

Brown served enormously – 21 aces – but more than that, served to solid target areas in the big points. A telling statistic in the match, Hewitt had 10 break points and could only convert 1 of them, by contrast Brown only had 6 break points but converted 5. Hewitt appeared flat, and was unable to answer the barrage from Brown. 74 winners from Brown’s racket, saw Little Lleyton looking skyward and wondering what was coming next. Brown, unpredictable right to the end, left the court in tears, a very happy camper.


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