The unseeded Jensen brothers seemingly came out of nowhere to win the French Open in 1993—defeating the dominant German doubles team of David Prinosil and Marc Goellner. The enthusiastic display of their love of the game with original moves, such as their still-unequaled chest bump and other outrageous antics, prompted tennis icon Vitas Gerulitas to dub their style as “grunge tennis.” The duo became the original rockers of tennis, being covered more by pop culture than by the tennis establishment, appearing in publications such as Rolling Stone and People magazines before Tennis magazine ever even considered them. They have forever changed the face of tennis to be the spectacular spectator sport it is today. Murphy Jensen, the renowned tennis wild child, has landed in the posh director’s seat of the Sea Island Resort Tennis program in Georgia and is the three-time Coach of the Year for the dominant World Team Tennis Champions, the Washington Kastles, which is made up of beyond-pro players including Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, and Kevin Anderson. The former globetrotting star of his own shows on the Tennis Channel, Open Access and the rollicking Murphy’s Guide, and high-profile boyfriend of Robin Givens—with whom he has a beautiful 14- year old son—seems to have mellowed, but not necessarily matured.
Story by Paula S. Fogarty