Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Former Jamaica tennis star, Dustin Brown, returns to the island after a five-year absence to play in an exhibition match at the Royal DeCameron Tennis Club in Montego Bay on Sunday.
The talented Brown will face off against one of Jamaica's top players, Macoy Malcolm of Glendevon, Montego Bay.
Brown, who was born in Germany and later switched allegiance to that country, has represented Jamaica in Davis Cup and several other international tournaments, and his matchup against Malcolm seems to have come at a good time.
Ranked third by Tennis Jamaica, Malcolm will be using the exhibition match as a tune-up for upcoming engagements in Florida next January.
An exciting matchup
"This will be an exciting matchup against Dustin, who is a world-ranked player, so I am really looking forward to this on Sunday," said Malcolm.
"Playing Dustin would help my game immensely, as I am in preparation for an international tournament early next year."
In addition to the Brown-Malcolm match, several events for children, clinics, tennis matches and entertainment have been planned.
Brown, a former Davis Cupper for Jamaica, made his mark on the international tennis scene in 2010 when he cracked the Top 100 for the first time in his career - attaining a singles ranking of 99 in the world.
He then played the first round of Wimbledon - the first Jamaican to do so in four decades - then took part in the 2010 Hall of Fame Championships in Rhode Island, where he defeated the American number 19-ranked Sam Querrey before the US Open.
He won his history-making first-round match against Spain's Ruben Ramirez before losing to then world number four, Britain's Andy Murray.
His professional tennis life actually began December 2002, when he was a finalist at the Futures Tournament in Montego Bay. He then went to Europe and competed in several smaller tournaments in order to improve his world ranking, which at the time was above 500.
Brown has won several tournaments in Europe, including Romerberg, Germany, in July 2007; Trier, Germany - June 2008; Vaduz, Liechtenstein - March 2009; Samarkand, Uzbekistan - August 2009. His biggest win and his first ATP title came on April 17, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.