I thought to translate the following German interview:
"So I just enjoy the shuttle service"
The 25 years old talks in this interview about the amenities on the big tour and his dream of playing in the DC for Germany
By Erik Trümpler
He has been the dash of colour of the tour this year. During a time where the worldtennis is longing for colourful birds and charismatic guys the German-Jamaican Dustin Brown came along at the right moment. Rasta hairstyle, power tennis combined with fine hands and more than just a pinch of exotic. Beside the worldstars he was probably the most popular man.
In the beginning of the year he was ranked #144 in singles and #206 in doubles but meanwhile the 25 years old player from Winsen/Aller was able to move forward after a marathon of 36 tournaments to #93 respectively #53. Fact is that this guy appetites for more.
In this interview with tennisnet.com he talks about his job, his coach, his decision to play for Germany and a very special present.
Where do I catch you at the moment?
I'm visiting my parents in Winser at the Aller, just slept and currently plan my travel to Chennai and the Australian Open.
You played 36 tournaments and already plan again. Isn't it time to take a break from tennis?
Actually yes. Admittedly: In the last tournaments in Bratislave and Helsinki I was really empty during the deciding moments in singles and felt the loss of substance.
Other players complain that they are overstrained with 22 tournaments but you are on the road the whole time. Why?
I always played a lot and I had to play a lot in order to collect points. At the time when I didn't had a coach I asked myself: Do I stay at home for a week or do I play a tournament? Then I played a tournament and it hasn't changed.
Even though you had permanent stress you finished the year with a victory in doubles in Helsinki.
That was an incredible ending especially as I played the first time together with Martin Emmrich. Now I'm ranked #53 in doubles and stand in the main draw of the first tournaments of the year.
You played with Rogier Wassen before. Will you also play together in 2011?
Yes. We already arranged this and nothing will change it. He just ended his season earlier than me and that's why I played in Helsinki with Martin.
Do you see yourself more as a specialist for singles or doubles?
I don't want to define that. It changed during my career.
When did you notice in singles that you are able to keep up with the topplayers?
At my victory against Sam Querrey in Newport and during the first set against Andy Murray at the US Open.
Was the match against Murray your biggest experience so far?
Without a doubt. I was so close in the first set but unfortunately my level dropped then. But it was great to play on such a big court against such a topplayer.
How did you deal with this situation?
I thought that we would play during the night session and of course I thought whether I would be nervous.
How does such a topplayer like Murray behave? Do you see each other and does he try to intimidate you?
To be honest: I had so much to do with myself that I didn't thought about Murray. But at the beginning of the match he didn't knew what was really happening as he didn't knew me. Beside this I played great and had my chances. Unfortunately I didn't use them.
Did you got lots of textmessages from your friends before and after the match?
Of course I received several. Also at facebook a lot was going on.
Have you been more proud or more disappointed after the match because you lost in 3 sets?
Both. Proud because I knew that I could keep up with such a player and sad because the US Open were over for me.
You played very long on the future tour, played challengers and now the big tournaments. How does the level change?
There are many players at the challengers who come from the qualification and who are really good. There's not really an athletic difference if you are ranked on #300 or #150. All the guys can play tennis. Somehow all the players until the Top 50 play similiar. The main difference make the topplayers where the mental part plays a very important role.
What sticks out is the fact that there are only 2 players under the Top 100who are younger than 22 years. What's the reason for this?
That's really simple. It is extremely difficult to get there. It takes it time, just like with me.
How did you see all the trappings on the big tour?
The bigger the tournament the more easier everything is made for you. You have the shuttle service and you don't have to string the rackets yourself. That is really great.
Is there a danger in such moments to go crazy?
I find the whole thing more funny. My God, I went with my camper through the world for 3 years. Of course I enjoy the shuttle service now. But I don't have a reason to go crazy and I haven't changed.
Before the US Open you started to work with Daniel Puttkammer, an old buddy from your times in Oldenburg. How did you find together?
He was a private coach in Switzerland. Shortly before the US Open one of his protégés decided to go to school again. I took the chance and called him.
Is it really optimal to travel with a friend as a coach?
For me it is. He is my best friend and knows me better than anyone else and also knows how I played once. Who knows whether I would accept everything which a star coach would tell me. Trust is a very important part for me.
How does he bring you forward?
He doesn't teach me tennis new. But he sees things on the stand which you don't see on the court. That's a big help.
Your coach has a bald head and you have a Rasta hairstyle. When you walk around at the tournaments you attract attention. How do you perceive it?
It's for sure that we attract attention because we look different as other tennisplayers but it isn't unpleasant for me.
How do other players on the tour react to you? Did you make friends already with some of the topplayers?
I get along very well with Tommy Robredo since we played a show tournament before Wimbledon. I also know John Isner a bit better. With Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga I already played during my youth. Tsonga wished me luck through a textmessage before the match against Murray.
Lets talk about the media. There's a big hype around you.
Everything happened so soon and with such a slam. But it didn't pushed me nor bothered me. At the smaller tournaments it has already been the case that I was in the local press when I played good.
Has there been a moment when everything went on your nerves?
I have to confess that I was happy after the US Open to be home in Winsen at the Aller and have my peace and quietness. It was great in New York because I got the support from many Jamaicans. That was loud and colourful and the reason that other viewers were on my side as well. But all those textmessages, Facebook greetings and talking with the media took their toll.
You address the Jamaican fans. At the end of the year you decided to play for Germany. How did this happen?
I don't want to say a lot about this. Over all the years I had trouble with the Jamaican association - and then it was enough for me. Now I'm going to play for Germany.
Would it be a dream for you to play for Germany in the Davis Cup?
Yes, but you can dream a lot. The decision is made by Patrik Kühnen.
With success the prize-money increases. You lived from hand to mouth for a long time but won in 2010 more than 200 000 Dollar. Is this a relief?
For sure. Last year I had to think about how I could arrange everything for Australia. Now I'm planning the trip for my coach and myself. That is the reward for many years of hard work.
What did you buy from your prize-money?
I wanted to have the headphones "Monsterbeats of Dr. Dre". They costed 300 Dollar in the States. That's a lot for headphones. After my tournament victory in Johannesburg I bought them.
What are your plans for the next days?
I won't do anything before my birthday on December 8th. Then I'm going to start with fitness training again and will fly to Chennai between December 25th or 27th. I will have to wait how it will work with the flights.
And then the tour starts again. What are your aims for 2011?
I don't really have clear aims but I want to be in the main draw of every ATP tournament in 2011.
German source: http://www.tennisnet.com/de-DE/Szene...vice-doch.aspx