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Posted on Thu, Feb. 03, 2005
SPOTLIGHT | ON TENNIS

Victory boosts Young's profile

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN

With all the hubbub at the Australian Open about Serena Williams' and Marat Safin's victories -- and Lleyton Hewitt's surprise engagement to a soap star he dated six weeks -- a very significant story went largely overlooked. It is the story of Donald Young, a 15-year-old Chicago native who became the youngest junior champion in Grand Slam history.

Young's 6-2, 6-4 victory against top-seeded Sun-Young Kim also made him the first African-American junior to be ranked No. 1 in the world. Young has been on the tennis radar screen for some time now, having won the Under-16 Orange Bowl title in 2003 and reached the Under-18 final in December. He already has a Nike contract, is represented by IMG, and his left-handed shot-making ability has drawn comparisons to John McEnroe.

But the Aussie win raised his status to a new level. He received a wild card for the upcoming ATP tournament in San Jose, Calif., where the field includes Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.

''I didn't expect to win a Grand Slam so soon,'' said Young, who last year moved to Atlanta, where his parents Don and Illona opened a tennis center. ``I'm excited about making all this history, but I still see myself as a normal guy my age. I like to play XBox, watch movies, listen to my iPod, and play Ping-Pong.''

Young has been schooled through the Internet since eighth grade and travels with his parents, both of whom played college tennis.

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i wish him luck , but am afraid he will simply get a tennis lesson at this tournament. hope i am proved wrong.
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Good for him. I wish him the best of luck!

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Good for him. Hopefully he gets a decent draw.
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whats iPod?

I feel sooo third world

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whats iPod?

I feel sooo third world
A little music machine.

He also prefers XBox over PS2. -2 cool points.
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i wish him luck , but am afraid he will simply get a tennis lesson at this tournament. hope i am proved wrong.
Even if he does, it could be a good experience in the long run.

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Hingis was losing 06 06 to Mary Pierce when she was his age

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Go far! I want to be able to see you on TV, so you have to make at least the semis.

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Go Donald! Go Donald! Good luck!
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I think this guy might have the qualities to take on some of the Top 10 players.

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Thats great for him. Even if he loses 1st round its a good experience to play with the big guns and to see what being a top player is all about.
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I think this guy might have the qualities to take on some of the Top 10 players.
not at 15.
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not at 15.
I don't think he is as good as Krickstein or Hewitt were at that age.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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He came within a set of qualifying for the LA Tourney last year. Hes definitely improved since then, as he lost in the first round of french open juniors and second round of wimby juniors. Now hes the No.1 junior. We've seen what Baghdatis and Monfils can do. I think DY could maybe win a round, but it is true, hes still a junior and hes still only 15. He'll be Top 10 by the time he hits 20 years.
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