Jenson Brooksby scored the biggest win of his career on Thursday when he upset Casper Ruud in the second round of the 2023 Australian Open. The 22-year-old will then meet compatriot Tommy Paul.
In 2022, Brooksby enjoyed his career-best season, including rising to 33 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings in June 2022. If he defeated Paul, Brooksby would match his best Grand Slam result, which he achieved at the US Open 2021 (R16, l Djokovic).
The California native, a three-time finalist on the Tour, shared with ATPTour.com what he likes to cook and eat to prepare for the competition.
If you had some friends over for dinner, what would you cook and why?
I actually cook from time to time. My roommate Cam and I like to cook together sometimes. I would say I would cook salmon and steak with Brussels sprouts and vegetables. Salmon and steak allow me to get my protein, it’s pretty healthy and we can share it.
How would you rate your cooking skills on a scale of 1-10?
Six. I’m not bad, but if I expanded into a few things I could go higher. If you ask me again this time next year, it should be an eight at the most.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I’ve been eating smart, but my go-to is pancakes with syrup and cream for breakfast or lunch. I love that.
What is your favorite meal the night before a game?
Mostly chicken and rice. Steak maybe too, but usually white meat or fish with rice or potatoes, something quick and simple for digestion.
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How many hours before a match do you eat and what do you eat just before entering the match field?
I don’t like too big a meal for breakfast or lunch. I usually try to eat lunch a few hours before a game. Something simple, chicken or fish and rice.
What do you snack during the game?
I don’t really like eating during a game. I just make sure I have my water and electrolytes with me. I might have a Gatorade gel pack for a little bit of carbs or even a little pack of peanut butter.
What are your favorite restaurants and what do you order?
Usually I eat on the road in the hotel or at the campsite. There have been a few steakhouses that I like. I like many different things: Asian food, Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican. Simple American food is not my cup of tea.
Last year my travel coach Nick showed me this place called Magpie in downtown Sacramento, there are some good restaurants there. A few good Mexican restaurants and cafes there too.
What is a food you refuse to eat?
As a child I ate everything. Now I can feel if I am eating unhealthy like fast food. I feel the difference in the body. I don’t eat things like burgers, hot dogs, pizza, or desserts. I haven’t even had coffee for the past few months, I feel like that helps with consistent energy. I like the taste, but I was like ‘If I don’t need it, what’s the point?’
Is there a dish that people might be surprised that you like?
I love to try different foods. I loved South Korea dumplings and I loved alligator and frog legs. Especially duck, which is perhaps my favorite meat. I was probably 14 when I got alligator. I was on a cruise, I can’t even remember where I was, somewhere in Europe, maybe like a Mediterranean cruise with my grandparents. I’ve had frog legs for the past few years. If I’m in a nice restaurant and they have it, I’d get it.