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Article : Dustin Brown hopes to make Jamaica's loss UK's gan (Plays for Germany now)

Classic incompetence from the federation and Burke that Brown wants out won't get sacked because he is related to Gore.

He lived in Jamaica from the age of 12 and got absolutely no support at all in the important development years and struggling to get a clothing sponsor. It's good that he is having some success at the moment, but he is very raw and it needs to be harnessed.

Dustin helped Jamaica progress through the group stages of the Davis Cup, but never got paid for it.


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No end in sight for Dustin Brown fiasco

Published: Monday | February 8, 2010

Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter

There seems to be no end in sight for the bitter dispute between Jamaica's top-ranked player Dustin Brown and the local governing body of the sport, Tennis Jamaica.

Additionally, despite a phenomenal surge in the ATP rankings this year, a feat that has seen the player climb to 144th in the world, there is very little hope of him representing the country in this year's Davis Cup competition, or perhaps ever again.

It all comes down to financing, or better yet a lack thereof, as Brown has accused consecutive administrations of neglect, as it relates to providing a backbone for players seeking to break through on the world stage.

"Tennis Jamaica only knows me when the Davis Cup comes around, all the other times during the years they don't care how I manage to train and play tournaments. I could have attained a higher ATP ranking much earlier with proper support," Brown told the Gleaner.

Brown's current ranking is a phenomenal achievement as it is no secret that the country has struggled to produce top-class players in the sport of tennis, the last being Richard Russell, who made it to the second round of the Australian Open in 1964.

Mighty struggle

However, the fact that the 25-year-old has had a mighty struggle to do so, without the help of the association, despite repetitive pleas for assistance, sees him in no hurry to don the national colours again anytime soon, without major changes taking place.

Brown last represented the country in 2003 when, along with Ryan Russell who was at the time another promising junior, the team secured first place and promotion from Group 3 to Group 2 with a win over Puerto Rico. However, controversy sparked the following year when Brown, after another year of battling to fend for himself on the tour, declined the invitation to appear for the country as they pushed for a spot in Group I.

Making sacrifices

According to the player, the only way he was able to maintain and eventually improve his ranking was due to the fact that his parents purchased a camper, which enabled the player to travel to various tournaments around Europe.

"To be able to continue my career, my parents bought me a camper in April 2004 in order to travel through Europe and play as many games as possible."

"I would eat and sleep in my camper and I was travelling all over Europe, up and down for seven years to make it in professional tennis, holding the Jamaican flag high week by week, while my parents struggled to pay for the camper.

"I made a name for myself in Europe with my camper, my only chance to make it in tennis. Finally in 2009, I reached 144th in the ATP world ranking as a Jamaican player. I made it."

However, from the point of view of general secretary of Tennis Jamaica, Christine Gore, the current situation which sees Brown receiving no support from the association is of his own choosing.

According to Gore, one of the first things the then new administration did after taking office was to reach out to the player in an attempt to bury the hatchet. Brown, however, demanded the sacking of long-standing technical director Douglas Burke, a condition the body was unwilling to consider.

"We told him that we would not be dictated to, administrations cannot allow players to dictate terms and we were not willing to compromise on that," Gore said. "Unfortunately, that was one of the conditionalities of him returning to play for the team, he wanted us to fire Burke."

"We would love to support Dustin and have him as a part of the team. I mean, think about it, everyone wants to back a winner, we would have no reason to be isolating him and, in fact, we wish him all the best," Gore said while pointing to the fact that several players have been and continue to receive support.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1

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He's the only Jamaican player in the rankings. It's incredible he's made it to world number 132 given his story. I hope he gets to play his first Grand Slam this year.

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Hope to see him make the MD at the US Open, he'll be a fan fave.
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And I thought GBR tennis admin was a joke!

Poor Brown, classed as the villain.

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that mug should stop whining and concentrate on winning some matches for a change.


just kidding i'm not aware of the problems with his federation but i wouldn't be surprised if they're big. Pressing for the resignation of one of the big dogs might have been justified (I don't know what's the deal with that) but it's hard to have some real weight to do things like that. Not even Gonzo in my country was able to push for the resignation of Hinzpeter (a cheating SoB), even though he's pretty much loved by eveyone here.

Another thing that should be considered is that Jamaica is overall a poor nation and it's expected that their tennis Federation won't even have 1/10 (not even close to that actually) of what, say, the French or the American Federations have at their disposal. Different countries, different realities... Brown must (or if not he should) be aware of this.

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I hope they can find a solution one day, so that he can play Davis Cup. But if not, he can have a good week in Newport instead.

I think last year Burke's son was in the DC team.
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There should be a player fund for this kind of situation

here is a player who with proper funding could be a top 100 player, and he needs to live a camper van to survive

this is just wrong, and unfair

i wonder if the Nadals and Federers of this world would be able to dominate if they had to live in camper vans during tourneys

reality really hits home

i suppose you cant ask too much from a poor nation like jamaica, however, tickets and lodging isn't asking too much for such a rare jamaican talent

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thanks for the article.

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I think last year Burke's son was in the DC team.
yup, Brandon is Douglas' son.

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We regret to inform that trials for the 2009 Davis Cup will not be held due to the current economic crisis being experienced, even though we are fully committed to the event.

Seven of our top competitors are currently overseas. Accordingly, the selection committee has therefore selected the team based on availability and the NCAA and ITF Rankings. The team chosen for the first Tie being held in Mexico City, Mexico in March will be:

- Damar Johnson (Captain)
- Damion Johnson
- Christopher Lawson
- Brandon Burke

Due to the economic constraints being experienced there will be no Non-Playing Captain travelling with them. For the second Tie being held in July we hope to have more competitors available.

Of course thanks goes out to companies and individuals who made specific contributions. Special thanks to the Tennis Jamaica staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. THANK YOU!!!

"We regret to inform that trials for the 2009 Davis Cup will not be held due to the current economic crisis being experienced, even though we are fully committed to the event." and "Due to the economic constraints being experienced there will be no Non-Playing Captain travelling with them. For the second Tie being held in July we hope to have more competitors available.", i found these interesting.

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Another thing that should be considered is that Jamaica is overall a poor nation and it's expected that their tennis Federation won't even have 1/10 (not even close to that actually) of what, say, the French or the American Federations have at their disposal. Different countries, different realities... Brown must (or if not he should) be aware of this.
granted you raise a valid point.

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As for the federation being poor, well Brown knows this but they didn't want to know about him when he needed some support, whether this is financial or otherwise. This is a common thing in Argentina as well.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Really, he played Davis Cup and never got paid for it

Good for Dustin that he's been able to climb up the rankings without the help of his adopted country and is now making a name for himself on the big stage. Hope he can continue his good form and maybe play a grand slam this year. Wimbledon would be awesome!

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hope he can produce a fairytale story in the coming months.

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In Brazil, Guga and all others major players did this around 2004 and worked, even if it lasted a couple of years. The team was represented by juniors and went downhill at the DC, and only last year had a real chance of coming back
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