Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Former Jamaica Davis Cup standout, Dustin Brown, is eyeing a return to the top 100 in the singles rankings for men, after a below par 2012 that saw him falling in the rankings of the world's best players.
"This year was not the worst for me, neither was it my best, so I am looking at 2013 to revive my rankings," Brown told The Gleaner, after his 7-5 one-setter exhibition match against Jamaica's rising star McKoy Malcolm at Jack Tar Village on Saturday. Malcolm is a native of the city.
Both held serve for the first four games, before the more experienced Brown broke serve at 6-5, then finished off the contest with four consecutive aces for the win.
The exhibition was organised by former Jamaica top-flight tennis star, Maurine Rankine, who used the one-off single set match to help spur the resurgence of lawn tennis in Montego Bay.
"This was fun; I enjoyed it. This is where I used to play while I lived in Montego Bay. These are the courts I came to when I was just about 11 years old, also at the Racket Club and down by Tryall," offered Brown, who will be leaving the island on Christmas Day (December 25) for a qualifier in Doha, Qatar, in preparation for the rough and tumble 2013 professional tennis circuit.
"It is a really tough circuit out there, but I hope to get back into the Top 100 in singles and the top 50 in the doubles, after an up and down 2012," said Brown.
Malcolm, meanwhile, says he will use the experience he garnered against Brown to stamp his class on opponents in his next tournament in January.
"Although it was a single set match, it was very exciting. I learnt a lot out of that match. Dustin played well and I was even surprised at how well I played. I hope now to use what I learned against the opponents in Florida," said Malcolm.
He will depart the island in January for a Future's tennis tournament in Sunrise, Weston, and Palm Coast in Florida.