Favorite Player To Watch: Jenson Brooksby Reveals Admiration for Rafael Nadal

Published 08/07/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
NNEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during the fifth set of his Men’s Singles final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


It has not been the best of years for Rafael Nadal this go-around. However, he has managed to inspire a few souls. American youngster, Jenson Brooksby reached his maiden career final in Newport at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. The young American, a pianist player, admires Nadal as his idol and places him on a mantle.

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Nadal could not make a proper comeback at the Citi Open, as he lost against Lloyd Harris. However, Brooksby has made it to the semifinals in Washington and will be facing Jannik Sinner.

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Jenson Brooksby’s inspiration from Rafael Nadal

A young player with a passion for piano and being absent through 2020, this year has been an exciting ride for him. The World No.130 reached his first final in Newport and lost to Kevin Anderson in the finals. However, the loss did not undermine his spirit to come back stronger in the next tournament.

In addition to his renewed spirit, the youngster has taken inspiration from Rafael Nadal. “Right now, I would say that my favorite player to watch is Rafael Nadal, because of the mental strength he has.”

“In each of his matches, you know that he will present himself and have the best possible performance. I think he is the best in that regard, so he is definitely the active player that I admire the most in this area,” said Brooksby as reported by Puntodebreak.

Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jenson Brooksby of the United States celebrates after the match against John Millman of Australia (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jenson Brooksby’s run at the Citi Open 2021

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The Citi Open is coming towards an end in Washington DC. The tournament top seed, Nadal, and second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime are out of the tournament. However, Jenson Brooksby has made his way to the semifinals. He will be facing Jannik Sinner of Italy in the semifinals, taking place tomorrow.

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain, playing partner of Feliciano Lopez celebrates following their victory in the semi-final doubles match against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski of Great Britain during Day 6 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 23, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for LTA)

After a slightly successful run in Newport last month, Brooksby will be aiming for a better finish this month. In order to establish his name amongst the marquee players, he needs to win the title in Washington. It will be a moment of pride for the American to win the tournament with his idol as the top seed.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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