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A good season says Dustin Brown

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Friday, December 13, 2013    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Despite failing to finish the year ranked in the top 100 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men's singles rankings, former Jamaican number one player Dustin Brown described the 2013 season as satisfactory.

The 29 year-old, who arrived in the island on Wednesday for a week's holiday told reporters the season "Had a very good end, everything went really well, and I am happy to be here to get the chance to relax a little bit."

He was met at the airport by tennis professional Maureen Rankine, a close friend who is organising an event in his honour today.

Brown, who was born in Germany and represented Jamaica until 2010, is ranked at 111 on the ATP rankings. He said although he missed the top 100, "I am very close, so I am happy with that the season starts back at the end of December and I hope for a good start."

While not matching the overall success of the previous season, where he qualified for three doubles finals and won a second ATP title, the highlight of the 2013 season was his Wimbledon second round four-sets win over former world number one Leyton Hewitt who was ranked at number 70 then.

Brown, who started the season ranked at 164th, and had to play the qualifiers to get into the main draw at Wimbledon, beat the 2002 Wimbledon champion 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 after beating 67th ranked Guillermo García-López, in the first round 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Other than the points he would have earned from the second-round win at the Grand Slam event and to boost his confidence, Brown told reporters at the Sangster International airport, minutes after arriving in the island, that not much had changed for him and he was the same player he was before.

"It was a very long game, a hard game, but I beat Leyton and was very, very happy with how I played the whole two weeks (at Wimbledon) was really amazing," he said adding, "It has not changed me or anything. It's not like from day to the other I became a millionaire or anything."

Brown's trip to Montego Bay, where he grew up and started playing the game, he said was a chance to relax and his plans for the 2014 season will not start until later.

"I am just here to get a chance to calm down, not thinking of the next season yet," he said.

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