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After applauding Brooksby's style, Murray responds to Twitter shade
The former No. 1 wrote the 20-year-old "is the sort of player I love to watch," recalling a prediction he made in 2011 about Caroline Garcia.
Published Aug 06, 2021
MATCH POINT: Brooksby wraps up routine win over Millman
Three-time major champion Andy Murray had nothing but good things to say about Jenson Brooksby after watching the wild card roll into the Citi Open semifinals.
Throughout his career, Murray has jumped on Twitter to share his views about prospective talent. On Friday, he likened the 20-year-old to former Top 20 competitor Florian Mayer, who was well-respected for his unorthodox style of play and craftiness on the court.
“Jenson Brooksby is the sort of player I love to watch,” the 34-year-old revealed. “Lots of variety…high tennis IQ…great in defense.”
One Twitter user responded by saying, “Just don’t say he’s a future #1, we know how that ends.”
The reference comes just over a decade after Murray praised a then-17-year-old Caroline Garcia when she had Maria Sharapova on the ropes at the 2011 French Open At the time, Murray declared from his BlackBerry (remember those?) the Frenchwoman would one day top the WTA rankings.
In trademark Murray fashion, the Dunblane, Scotland native replied back fully aware of the context, “Yea he might get to number 4 in singles and number 1 in doubles. That would be awful.”
Garcia indeed peaked at No. 4 in singles though only made it to No. 2 in doubles, winning the 2016 French Open title with Kristina Mladenovic,
Following a 6-1, 6-2 victory against John Millman, Brooksby was asked about Murray comparing him to Mayer during his post-match press conference in Washington, D.C. He all but appeared to agree with the assessment.
“Great words to hear from Andy,” the American said. “I think he is right with that, because he plays a similar style, as well. It's funny, I always laugh at that, it is Florian Mayer that had the two-handed slice and volley on the guys' side.”
Only time can answer whether Brooksby joins Murray in the No. 1 club one day. For now, we recommend marking your calendars and checking back in about 10 years.