Murphy Jensen

The relatively injury-free Murphy is dedicated to the future of tennis, which he sees as laying in the hands of today’s youngsters and, from the start, introduced a fan-friendly attitude that was previously largely unknown in the sport. “I’d feel bad if I didn't make eye contact and say ‘Hey man, what’s happening?’” he has said. And, on the subject of the accessibility of modern sports stars, comments: “If you’re a player who surrounds himself with an entourage of bodyguards and a high-maintenance lifestyle, you’re never going to be embraced by the fans.”

When he’s not entertaining people, you’ll find Murphy, who now lives with his brother near Atlanta, Georgia, skydiving, fishing, playing guitar (left handed, of course), riding his Harley-Davidson, driving his beloved 1976 Eldorado Convertible, or playing chess. Among his favorites, he lists Animal House as his top movie; Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat as his all-time top book and just about anything by the great Barry White as preferred listening material.

Of Murphy, Luke says: “He’s a celebrity; he’s got that aura.He can go up to anyone, start a conversation and, all of a sudden, get rolling. He has a very good way with people.”

Murphy has just taken on the role as Tennis Director at the prestigious Sea Island Resort in Georgia, while maintaining his role as the coach of the Washington Kastles team in the WTT. By the way, Murph was the first and only WTT coach to go undefeated for an entire season, all the way through the CHAMPIONSHIP!!