Donald Young, 18, commits to Pilot Pen
Connecticut Post Online
Article Last Updated:05/06/2008 04:23:47 PM EDT
NEW HAVEN — Rising American Donald Young
, the youngest player ranked in the top 80, has committed to Pilot Pen Tennis, an U.S. Series event on the ATP and WTA Tour, tournament director Anne Worcester announced Tuesday.
The tournament is Aug. 15-23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.
The 18-year-old joins 2007 Pilot Pen finalists Agnes Szavay and Mardy Fish, and 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli in commiting to play in New Haven.
Last year, Young had an impressive season that included a break through win in his inaugural visit to New Haven. It was the first ATP match win of his professional career, and his strong play continued the following week at the U.S. Open, where he made it to the third round. In addition he won a Challenger tournament at Aptos, Calif., last summer and reached the finals of four others, which helped him climb 386 spots into the top 100 of the world rankings. This year, he has continued his upward charge by reaching the quarterfinals of Memphis and the third round of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells.
"We are thrilled that Donald has decided to play the Pilot Pen again this year," Worcester said. "As the youngest player in the Top 80, he has incredible talent and that he will be one of the leading faces of American tennis for years to come. Adding him to the field only strengthens a growing list of men's and women's rising stars as well as veterans that will compete in the Pilot Pen this summer."
"I will always remember the Pilot Pen, because you never forget your first win on Tour," Young said. "I am excited to be coming back to New Haven this summer, and hope that this year I can create more unforgettable moments for myself and the fans."
For tickets, how to become a volunteer, or more information about the tournament, call the Pilot Pen Tennis Box Office, 888/99-PILOT, 203/776-7331, or log on to www.pilotpentennis.com