World No. 39 Jenson Brooksby made headlines for the wrong reason on Thursday, as the American threw his racquet and it hit a ballperson in his opening-round match at the Miami Open. The 21-year-old received a point penalty for that mishap, but many felt he deserved to be disqualified from the tournament. And while it’s hard to disagree, the American closed out that contest, and now faces world No. 20 Nikoloz Basilashvili.
While the story of Brooksby’s last match was the racquet toss, it should be noted that he bounced back from a rough start to defeat Federico Coria, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. It was really a dominant performance from the youngster after a tough opening set, and it was impressive to see him beat a player like Coria in these conditions. While the Miami Open isn’t a clay-court event, the humidity and heavy winds definitely favor a grittier player. With that, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see some clay-court specialists, like Coria, playing a little better than expected in South Beach.