Dustin Brown: Who is the world number 102 who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon?

The world 102 has shaken the tennis world

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Tennis world number 102 Dustin Brown has shaken Wimbledon by knocking out two-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Spectators at Centre Court were treated to a spectacle as the German qualifier beat the former world number one who had been a possible quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray.

As viewers reflect on the stunning display at Wimbledon on Thursday, here are four things you need to know about tennis’ latest star.

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Dustin Brown of Germany in action against Rafael Nadal (Image: EPA)

He has competed for Jamaica

Brown was born to a Jamaican father and a German mother, and moved to his father’s home country as a two-year-old. There, he learned to play tennis and played for Jamaica’s Davis Cup team.

A camper van “saved” his career

After Brown returned to Europe over a decade ago in 2004, his parents bought him a camper van so he could compete in Futures games and minimise costs.

He told the Observer in 2010 that as money was tight during that time “it [enabled him] to have enough money to play the next tournament. That pretty much saved my career.”

“It was a bit of an adventure,” he said.

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Nadal reacts after a point against Brown during their match (Image: AFP)

Brown is the first West Indian to play at Wimbledon for over four decades

The legendary Richard Russell, who now runs a tennis academy in Kingston, Jamaica, was the first. 

He tried to play for Britain

As Brown's paternal grandmother is British, he tried to represent the UK after he fell out with Tennis Jamaica in 2010. However, the Lawn Tennis Association did not accept his offer and he instead played for Germany.

"The train has passed," he told BBC Sport in 2013.

"I have two passports. I have a German passport and Jamaican passport. I'm playing for Germany now."

 

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