WPT CAREER HIGH
FIP CAREER HIGH
Last updated: 28/11/2023
SHOT: Backhand volley
Get to know
- Place of birth: Rustenburg, South Africa
- Lives: Spain
- Trains: Alicante , Spain
- Family: Parents David Brooks & Pilar Ruiz, Wife Mar Brooks and twin daughters
Naomi Brooks Sanchez & Sheila Brooks Sanchez
- Nickname: Brooksie
- Hobbies / interests: Golf, tennis, water-ski
- Padel idol: Pablo Lima
- Favourite tournament: World championship Qatar 2020
- Best opponent faced: Juan Martin Diaz, Paquito Navarro
- Biggest title of career: Champion of the Masters Regional in Valencia
- Doubles partner: Hugo Cases, Christian Fuster
Brooks first started playing padel in 2003, during a period where he was enjoying a career as a top professional tennis coach - working with former world No.3 Jelena Jankovic.
His love for tennis and squash made padel an obvious choice, and after many conversations, Brooks decided to leave behind his stellar coaching career in 2012 to have a go at playing professionally.
Brooks's favourite memory of playing on tour came in a closely fought battle with Paquito Navarro and Willy Lahoz - ranked in the world's top 20 - narrowly losing 6-4, 7-5 having had set points.
Brooks is still heavily involved in coaching tennis and padel, and owns his own padel club in Spain. He enjoys playing and having fun with his two daughters.
Richard Brooks lifted the title at the We Are Padel event alongside Spain's Mario Cerezo. Brooks and Cerezo faced Louie Harris and Sam Jones in the final, and despite a tight first set featuring a 16-point tie-break, it the British, Spanish duo who prevailed in the second to wrap up the title 7-6(7), 6-3.
- Reaching a World Padel Tour ranking of 81 and becoming British No.1
- Competing for Great Britain at the World Padel Championships Qatar 2021
- Playing at the European Championships Portugal 2019
- Reaching the main draw at several main draw World Padel Tour events, including Sevilla and Barcelona specially
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