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Brown eyes return to ATP top 100

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Tuesday, December 18, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former Jamaican Davis Cup representative Dustin Brown is looking forward to a good 2013 season on the ATP tour and has targeted a return to the top 100 in singles and top 50 in doubles.

After a 7-5 win over number three-ranked Jamaican Macoy Malcolm in an exhibition match at the Royal Decameron courts on Kent Avenue, Montego Bay on Sunday, the big 28-year-old German-born Brown said he was excited about the upcoming season.

Brown, who plays mostly on the ATP Challenger Tour and was ranked as high as 89th in singles in January 2011, and 43rd in doubles in May this year, says he will leave the island this weekend and head for Doha, Qatar, where he will open his season with the qualifier, starting on December 31, and hopefully, get into the main draw before moving onto the Australian Open, where he will also play the qualifiers and hope to get into the main draw.

He said his game is always evolving, pointing out that, "We can always get better, even the top players."

In Doha, Brown will also play doubles with British player Jonothan Marray, who won the Wimbledon men's doubles with Andy Murray, while in Australia, he will team with Germany's Christopher Kas in the doubles.

Brown, who played junior tennis while based in Montego Bay, says he returns "home" at the end of every season for a bit of relaxation and rest and to visit with his friends.

"It is always good to come back," he said, while being besieged for autographs and photographs from children and adults alike.

"Some of the guys met me at the airport with a banner and that was very nice, it is great to feel welcomed and I am always at home here."

Brown also came with gifts as he handed out racquets, strings and other tennis equipment to players who took part in a three-day tournament arranged by former national player Maureen Rankine.

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