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Big-hitting Brown hopes to hit it big in Jamaica

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dustin Brown likes to hit it big on the tennis court, and the rangy Jamaican hopes his U.S. Open showing enables him to hit it big back home.

The 6-foot, 5-inch (1.96 meter) Brown notched his first grand slam match win in the opening round and gave Andy Murray a tough time in the first set of their match on Friday before falling to the fourth-seeded Scot 7-5 6-3 6-0.

Brown, whose power and speed on court are dazzling even if his groundstrokes can be scattershot, said he has been winning attention back home.

Jamaica has produced high profile performers in athletics, cricket, soccer and even bobsleigh but has yet to make much of a dent in professional tennis.

The offspring of a Jamaican father and German mother, Brown wears his dreadlocks with pride and said it has taken a little time but he is on Jamaica's sporting radar, which was not the case during his appearance in Wimbledon this year.

"I had to post that I'm actually playing Wimbledon. No one at home knew. I had to call my dad to tell my dad in Jamaica that I'm playing Wimbledon," said Brown.

Brown, who hopes to be in the main draw at the Australian Open in January, said he wants to speak to the Jamaican tennis federation about representing his country now that tennis may about to catch on the island.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)