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Donald Young (tennis)

October 1, 2019


Donald Oliver Young, Jr. is an American
professional tennis player. Young has a career-high ATP ranking of
world no. 38. He is currently ranked no. 68 in the world as of 7 September 2015.
Young reached the fourth round of the 2011 US Open, which marked his first
appearance in the fourth round of a major. Young also reached the fourth
round of the 2015 US Open. Career
=Junior and early career=In 2001 he came in second to Jesse
Levine in the U.S. Clay Court 14 Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He was up 5-love in the third set of the final. Young had lost the first set, won
the second, and was winning 5–0 and serving for the match at 40–15. Levine
scored 23 consecutive points to defeat Young 7–5.
In 2003, Young won the Orange Bowl 16-under title, becoming the first
American to win that age division title since Jim Courier in 1986.
He turned professional in 2004, but mostly played Futures and Challenger
events. Due to the slow start, his handlers were often criticized for
pushing him too fast during the early stages. In 2004, Young reached the
Orange Bowl 18-under final. He won the Easter Bowl 14s and 18s titles in 2003
and 2004 and was named as Davis Cup practice partner for the quarterfinal
tie against Spain in 2007. Young was, for a period of time in 2005,
ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world. Young was the youngest male to
win a Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open Junior Championships in
2005, a record he held until the Australian Open in 2008, when Bernard
Tomic won the event 2 months younger than Young. Young also won the U.S. Open
Junior Doubles Championship with Alex Clayton.
In 2005, he became the youngest year-end World No. 1 in junior rankings at 16
years, 5 months. Young won the Australian Open junior title at age 15
to become youngest-ever and first African-American man to be ranked No. 1
in the world. He was also the first American to win the Australian junior
title and finish No. 1 since Andy Roddick in 2000. He advanced to the
semifinals at Wimbledon and quarterfinals at the US Open in 2005. In
doubles, Young won the junior US Open title and reached the final at the
Australian Open. In 2007, he won the Wimbledon junior title and was the first
American to win since Scott Humphries in 1994. As No. 1, Young won the Kalamazoo
U.S. Junior Championships in 2006, after Jesse Levine forfeited in the finals due
to food poisoning.=2007=
In January 2007, he reached the finals of a Futures tournament on the ITF Men’s
Circuit, as well as winning a Futures title in April. In July 2007, Young won
the Junior Wimbledon title, beating top seed Vladimir Ignatic in the final. No
American won the championship again until Noah Rubin in 2014. Shortly
thereafter, Young won a Challenger tournament, and his ranking rose sharply
to no. 221. His rank rose sharply, from no. 92 to
no. 7 on the Junior ITF circuit after he won the Junior Wimbledon Championships.
He opted to play only some of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007 and concentrate
on playing professional tournaments. On August 19, 2007, Young won his first ATP
Tour level singles match. In the first round of New Haven, he beat fellow
American Amer Delic in three sets. In the following round, he lost a tight
three-setter to Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Young then received a wild
card into the main US Open draw. On August 27, 2007, Young defeated
Australian Chris Guccione in the first round. This was his first career victory
in a Grand Slam match. On August 30, Young won his second-round match by
default. It was against heavily favored opponent Richard Gasquet of France, who
had fallen ill during the tournament and officially withdrew after morning
practice. Young fell in the third round to unseeded Feliciano López of Spain in
four sets. Young carried the momentum into the
fall, making it to the finals of four Challenger tournaments and posting an
overall fall record of 21–7 on the Challenger circuit. This was enough to
hoist him into the top 100 on the ATP rankings. He lost in the finals of the
JSM Challenger in Champaign, Illinois, at the University of Illinois to Jesse
Levine. His talents were recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals
in December 2007, as for Young was one of 11 honored in the 2007 Century Club
=2008=In the Australian Open, Young lost in
the first round to Michael Berrer in four sets. There were much higher hopes
for Young as he made it to the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament
in Memphis. Young defeated Sam Warburg and Alejandro Falla in the first and
second rounds, respectively, before losing in a tough three-set match to
Jonas Björkman. At Indian Wells, Young made it to the third round. He defeated
Bobby Reynolds in the first round. Then in the second round, he took out 32nd
seed, Feliciano López in three sets. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal
in the third round. He lost in the first round of the French Open, then lost a
close four-set match in the first round at Wimbledon against Jesse Levine. At
the Canadian Open, Young won two preliminary matches to qualify for the
tournament, before dropping his first-round match to Gilles Simon. At
the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, he defeated former world no. 2 Tommy
Haas. In the first round of the US Open, Young lost to James Blake in a five-set
thriller. He came back from down a break to win the fourth set. Although the
final set was tied 4–4, with the help of two key calls overturned on challenges
in the last two games, Blake won. Young won the Sacramento Challenger tournament
on October 13, 2008.=2009=
Young lost to Alejandro Falla in qualifying for Wimbledon. Young received
a wildcard into 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. He played
against Lleyton Hewitt who won the match. In the qualifying competition for
the 2009 US Open, he won his first match against Marco Crugnola. In the second,
he beat Guillermo Olaso, and he won his third-round match against Lukáš Rosol to
qualify. In the first round of the main draw, he was beaten by Tommy Robredo. He
failed to qualify for the Thailand Open. However, he received a Lucky Loser spot
and had a first-round bye. He lost in the second round to Andreas Beck. Young
failed to qualify for the China Open. Young lost to Ilija Bozoljac in the
first round of the Tiburon Challenger on October 12.
Young played Louk Sorensen in the first round of the Calabasas Challenger and
won. He then defeated Taylor Dent and won his third-round match against Luka
Gregorc. He then defeated Michael Yani and Michael Russell to win the Calabasas
Challenger. Young won his first three matches at the Charlottesville
Challenger against Vincent Spadea, Kevin Anderson, and Dominic Inglot. Young lost
to Kevin Kim in the semifinals. Young defeated Jesse Levine in the first round
of the Knoxville Challenger and Alex Kuznetsov in the second round. Young
lost to Grega Žemlja in the quarterfinals.
Young defeated Jack Sock in the first round of the wild-card draw for the
Australian Open. He then lost to Ryan Harrison in the second round.
=2010=Young defeated Christophe Rochus in the
first round of the 2010 Australian Open and was defeated in the second by
Lleyton Hewitt. Young defeated Tim Smyczek in the first round of the
Honolulu Challenger. Young then defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Robert Kendrick. He
lost to Michael Russell in the semifinals as he retired. Young failed
to qualify in Memphis, Delray Beach, Indian Wells, and Miami.
Young received a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Men’s Clay
Championship, but lost to Kevin Anderson in the first round. Young received a
wild card into the Baton Rouge Challenger and defeated Tatsuma Ito in
the first roundm but lost to Go Soeda in the second round. Young lost to Carsten
Ball in the first round of the Tallahassee Challenger. Young defeated
Greg Ouellette in the 1st Round of the Savannah Challenger. Young then defeated
Ryler DeHeart and Cătălin Gârd. He lost to Ryan Sweeting in the semifinals.
Young lost to Joseph Sirianni in the first round of the Sarasota Challenger.
Young defeated Robert Kendrick in the final of LA Tennis Open to win the
Challenger. Young defeated Leonardo Tavares in the first round of the Ojai
Challenger. Young then defeated Dayne Kelly and Luka Gregorc. He lost to Bobby
Reynolds in the semifinals. Young failed to qualify for Wimbledon.
Young defeated Ryan Harrison in the first round of the Winnetka Challenger,
and then he defeated Simon Stadler and Lester Cook. Young lost to Tim Smyczek
in the semifinals. Young defeated Greg Jones in the first round of the Aptos
Challenger. He then defeated Artem Sitek, Ilija Bozoljac, and Somdev
Devvarman. Young lost to Marinko Matosevic in the final. In the first
round of the Atlanta ATP Tournament, Young defeated Dudi Sela, but then lost
to Kevin Anderson. Young failed to qualify for the Legg Mason. He lost to
Ernests Gulbis in the first round in Cincinnati. Young defeated Stéphane
Robert in the first round in New Haven, before losing to Juan Ignacio Chela in
three sets. Young lost to Gilles Simon in the first round of the 2010 US Open.
Young and partner Robert Kendrick won the doubles championship at the Virginia
National Bank Challenger in November.=2011=
Young lost to Marin Čilić in the first round of the 2011 Australian Open. At
the 2011 BNP Paribas Open Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, he defeated his
highest-ranked opponent to-date, Andy Murray, winning in straight sets. In
April, Young won the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. He advanced to the second
round of the 2011 Aegon International and the 2011 Aegon Championships. Young
made it to his first ATP semifinal in August at the Washington, D.C. ATP 500
event. At the US Open, Young defeated Lukáš Lacko in the first round, and in
the second round world no. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka in his first five-set victory,
in 4 hours and 21 minutes. He advanced to the third round in a Grand Slam for
the first time in his career by defeating Juan Ignacio Chela in straight
sets. Young was defeated in the fourth round by Andy Murray in a rain-delayed
match. At the start of October, Young triumphed
over world no. 14 Gaël Monfils in a come-from-behind three-setter, before
losing to Andy Murray in his first ATP final at the PTT Thailand Open.
=2012=Young went 17 matches without a victory
during 2012 before defeating Leonardo Mayer at the 2012 Winston-Salem Open. At
the US Open, he was defeated by top seed, Roger Federer in the first round.
=2013=Young failed to qualify for the 2013
Australian Open and for Wimbledon. He did qualify for the US Open and won his
first-round match against Martin Kližan. Young won back-to-back ATP challenger
tournaments at Napa Valley and Sacramento during late September and
early October.=2014=
Young received a wildcard into the 2014 Australian Open. He eventually made it
to the third round and thus reached a ranking of 79 after the tournament.
Young represented the United States in a first round Davis Cup tie against Great
Britain. He played one rubber and lost to Andy Murray in straight sets on clay
inside Petco Park. Young made it to the third round of the French Open,
eventually losing in five sets to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Young made it to
the semifinals of the Citi Open losing to the top ranked Canadian Milos Raonic.
=2015=Young reached the final in the Delray
Beach Open, his first ATP singles final since 2011, but lost in straight sets to
Ivo Karlović. In March 2015 Young played Andy Murray in a Davis Cup tie and lost
in four sets, as well as losing to Murray again later in March in Miami. At
the 2015 U.S. Open, Young became a darling of the American fans en route to
matching his 2011 performance by reaching the round of 16. He notched
dramatic come-from-behind victories against his first three opponents,
triumphing in the third round via a thrilling five-set victory over
22nd-ranked Viktor Troicki. He then lost to fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka in four
sets, thus failing to advance to the quarterfinal stage, which would have
marked a new career-best performance at a Grand Slam major. Prior to his final
match of the tournament, some of Young’s shoes reportedly went missing from his
locker inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Equipment Young uses the Tecnifibre T-FIGHT 315
16×19 as his racquet. He is sponsored by Boast for clothing and Lotto for shoes.
ATP career finals =Singles: 2=
=Doubles: 1=Challenger singles titles
Challenger doubles titles Early life
Young began playing tennis at age three with mother, Illona, and father, Donald,
Sr., who are both tennis teaching professionals. His parents run the South
Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Georgia.
Singles performance timeline Key
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2,
1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from
tournament event; played in a Davis Cup – / Fed Cup Zonal Group or Play-off; won
a bronze, silver or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters
Series/1000 tournament; or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the
conclusion of a tournament, or when the player’s participation in the tournament
has ended. Doubles performance timeline
Key Won tournament; or reached Final;
Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost
in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup
– / Fed Cup Zonal Group or Play-off; won a bronze, silver or gold medal at the
Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or a tournament
that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion and double counting,
these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the
player’s participation in the tournament has ended.
References External links
Donald Young at the Association of Tennis Professionals
Donald Young at the International Tennis Federation
Donald Young’s Broken Promise: What Happened to the Former Phenom?
Young recent match results Young world ranking history
Biofile profile interview with Donald Young
New York Times Donald Young article

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