Jenson Brooksby made a perfect debut at the Atlanta Open on Tuesday, knocking out Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round.
“It’s really nice to be back in the States,” Brooksby said. “Still after two, three weeks out of the game, it feels good to have a win under his belt and I thought it was a really solid game to start with and I’ve been training really well too, so I’m excited about the path I have I’m on right now.”
The American got off to a fast start to his season, reaching the final in Dallas and winning three matches apiece at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami. But he went 5-8 in the clay and grass seasons.
While the 21-year-old used it as a learning experience, he’s happy to be back on the hard courts.
“I also had a really good hard-court season last year and we learned some things on clay and grass this year,” Brooksby said. “I’m thrilled to be back on hard, definitely [being] back in the United States and I think I can even do a lot better than last year.”
In an All-American matchup, fifth seed Tommy Paul edged wild card Jack Sock 6-1, 6-1. Paul broke his compatriot’s serve six times to prompt a second-round clash against frequent sparring partner Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea.
Defending Winston-Salem champion Ilya Ivashka also picked up a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 win over France’s Quentin Halys. The 28-year-old will take on top seed Reilly Opelka for a spot in the quarter-finals.