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Donald Young Wins Wimbledon Juniors, beats Ignatic 7-5, 6-1.

The Freak
07-06-2007, 03:25 PM
The Don just won his second match of the day, beating Dimitris Kleftakos 3-6, 6-1, 10-8. Kleftakos had beaten Jonathan Eysseric earlier in the day. Way to fight back Don, good luck tomorrow. :yeah:

Tommy_Vercetti
07-06-2007, 03:34 PM
Wow he's really living up to the hype.

adee-gee
07-06-2007, 03:34 PM
Good effort from the Don :yeah:

gusman890
07-06-2007, 03:34 PM
watch he wins this title, he gets more wild cards.

Jim Jones
07-06-2007, 08:17 PM
Good luck Young. He will have full on his plate with big server Jones.

Johnny Groove
07-06-2007, 08:20 PM
why is he still allowed to play juniors? The kid is ranked in the top 300

TMJordan
07-06-2007, 08:26 PM
:worship: The Don :worship:

scarecrows
07-06-2007, 08:49 PM
:worship:

win this title Don and shut the haters

MCL
07-06-2007, 08:53 PM
:worship:

win this title Don and shut the haters


Next month he'll enter a middle school tournament and show the world his talent. ;) :p

I'm happy he's winning but this does seem a bit unfair. He gets to jump in and out of the big leagues when it suits him.

trixtah
07-06-2007, 09:11 PM
Next month he'll enter a middle school tournament and show the world his talent. ;) :p

I'm happy he's winning but this does seem a bit unfair. He gets to jump in and out of the big leagues when it suits him.

why isn't it fair? He can't win anything on the tour so...? Also, look at his age

MCL
07-06-2007, 09:15 PM
why isn't it fair? He can't win anything on the tour so...? Also, look at his age

He's almost 18 (7/23 according to the ITF website). Of course at 17 he can play Juniors.

I'm thinking about parallels to the NBA. Imagine a player coming straight out of high school to a pro team then bombing out and 3 years later signing up for college ball.

Burrow
07-06-2007, 09:20 PM
young is crap. he wont make a good transition from juniors to seniors.

Burrow
07-06-2007, 09:23 PM
He's almost 19 (7/23 according to the ITF website). Of course at 18 he can play Juniors.

I'm thinking about parallels to the NBA. Imagine a player coming straight out of high school to a pro team then bombing out and 3 years later signing up for college ball.

isnt he almost 18?

MCL
07-06-2007, 09:25 PM
isnt he almost 18?

Ooops - I'll correct it.

TMJordan
07-06-2007, 09:25 PM
isnt he almost 18?

yes.

Fapmeister
07-06-2007, 09:33 PM
I thought you could not compete in the juniors if you are over 18???

JMG
07-06-2007, 09:34 PM
why is he still allowed to play juniors? The kid is ranked in the top 300

The players who are young enough are allowed to play. I don't understand what should be wrong about that. :shrug:

MCL
07-06-2007, 09:34 PM
I thought you could not compete in the juniors if you are over 18???

I edited my post -- I had written the wrong ages. Don is 17.

JMG
07-06-2007, 09:35 PM
I think 18 years old players can play, if they are born 1989.

The Freak
07-06-2007, 09:58 PM
Here's a little article about The Don's day:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/match_reports/2007-07-06/200707061183732240390.html

Ivo#1Fan
07-06-2007, 11:19 PM
Donald is a good player, not a great player. His odds of making it in the pros to a level where he could make a living off of his prize money are starting to look pretty slim. I think a good move for him would be to go play college tennis for 4 years and get a degree. He would be an outstanding college player. I doubt he could ever win the NCAA title but he could certainly challenge for it. Although not sure if he ever got a high school degree, so this might not be an option.

Veronique
07-06-2007, 11:48 PM
Young can still enter the Juniors up until Wimbledon 08. His birthday is on 7/13. I got a chance to watch his 1st round match on wimbledon.org. The kid is got talent. He's got a very impeccable lefty placement of his serve that wins him cheap points on this surface. He's got soft hands as well. His biggest challenge is size. I don't see how he can compete with big boys at his size. Hopefully, he still has 1 or 2 growth spurs in him.

musefanatic
07-06-2007, 11:53 PM
Ah well done to him, well i guess America need some good-ish men to pin their hopes on.

tae04
07-06-2007, 11:58 PM
I hope Don wins and gets to the top 100 before he's 20.

Nathaliia
07-07-2007, 12:02 AM
He made semis, unlike Roddick :p

Preston
07-07-2007, 01:24 AM
He's America's last hope in the tournament when it comes to the Y chromosome species.;)

azza
07-07-2007, 03:26 AM
Greg better fucking win tomorow C'MON GREG

yomeK
07-07-2007, 04:10 AM
He went back to the Juniors? :o

MCL
07-07-2007, 04:14 AM
From Yahoo Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=ArAuEewZtCaSfh0jaoMMLGM4v7YF?slug=ap-wimbledon-notebook&prov=ap&type=lgns

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Young playing Wimbledon juniors again

By SANDRA HARWITT
July 6, 2007

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Donald Young had a change of heart about playing junior tennis.

The 17-year-old American, the youngest boy to win a junior Grand Slam title, originally said he would only play professional events in 2007. But he reconsidered and is playing in his first junior event of the year at Wimbledon.

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"Junior Slams are really big," said Young, who beat Dimitris Kleftakos on Friday to reach the semifinals. "It's a big honor and everything to win, and I wanted to see if I could win the tournament because Wimbledon is a really prestigious tournament."

Young was 15 when he won the 2005 Australian Open junior title, and he also reached the Wimbledon semifinals that year. He was the youngest boy to hold the ITF Junior No. 1 ranking, which led to numerous wild-card invitations to ATP tournaments.

But Young has not won a men's match in 10 tournaments over the last two years and won only one of 23 sets -- stretching 2007 Wimbledon semifinalist Novak Djokovic to four sets in the first round of the 2006 U.S. Open.

Despite the lack of success, Young believes playing on the men's tour was an important introduction to the future.

"I got the opportunity and some wild cards -- and who wouldn't take it?" the 292nd-ranked Young said. "Hey, it's like five grand to lose in the first round and you can buy a lot of stuff with that.

"But that wasn't the main goal. It was to get the experience and know the atmosphere and the places and the locker rooms. There was a lot of expectation on me and it was unrealistic, but that didn't bother me. I liked the attention and liked all the top people coming to watch me play."

Young's mother, Illona, who coaches her son along with her husband, Donald Sr., believes her son was fortunate to get a taste of life on the tour.

"It was a great introduction for him," she said. "It's a training ground, a learning process for him. You just don't jump up to the top."

Young currently plays on the lower-tier Challenger and Futures pro tournaments. He won his first pro title in singles at the Little Rock, Ark., Futures event in April.

And he is planning on playing in the U.S. Open juniors tournament.

Matchu
07-07-2007, 05:09 AM
Young can still enter the Juniors up until Wimbledon 08. His birthday is on 7/13. I got a chance to watch his 1st round match on wimbledon.org. The kid is got talent. He's got a very impeccable lefty placement of his serve that wins him cheap points on this surface. He's got soft hands as well. His biggest challenge is size. I don't see how he can compete with big boys at his size. Hopefully, he still has 1 or 2 growth spurs in him.

I'm fairly sure you will have to be born in 1990 or younger to play in junior grand slams next year as there has been no 1988 players playing in Grand Slams this year. As for Don play Greg Jones I expect Jones to win he is really on a roll and has also been playing really good tennis this year with a junior French Open runner up and a challenger runner up this year he has also been playing on the mens tour.

Jones to win in a tight match with one or two tie breaks.

tae04
07-07-2007, 01:33 PM
He's into the FINAL!

Jim Jones
07-07-2007, 01:33 PM
Donald Young won the semi finals rather easily. He now faces French Open champion Ulazimir Ignatik. Great to see a battle of junior champs fight it out.

gusman890
07-07-2007, 01:59 PM
D-Young will win this one.

PLEASE, him and the bryans can still save USA.

Pea
07-07-2007, 02:30 PM
Stuff him Ulazimir!!

The Freak
07-07-2007, 02:39 PM
Good job Don, win it all! :rocker2:
By the way, his win over Greg Jones was 6-4, 7-5.

JustJames
07-07-2007, 02:45 PM
Congrats. to the Don... :yeah:

Hope he can now go and take the final...

The Freak
07-07-2007, 09:07 PM
Young Meets Ignatic In Boys' Final

Saturday, 7 July, 2007


Donald Young, the third seed, is through to the boys' singles final after a 6-4, 7-5 victory over sixth seed Greg Jones of Australia.

The 17-year-old’s main weapon was his powerful left-handed serve, which he used to good effect, managing to win 81 per cent of the points on his first serve. Showing a display of power and accuracy that demonstrated the sharper edge to his game due to his appearances on the ATP Tour, the American took the first set with just 31 minutes played.

Eighteen-year-old Jones was not prepared to exit Wimbledon without a fight, and in true Aussie spirit he battled back to break Young in the ninth game, giving himself the chance to serve out at 5-4.

However, Jones’s attempt at serving and volleying was not paying off as he netted on a couple of occasions to hand the incentive immediately back to his opponent. Despite managing to save two break points on his serve, he was unable to do anything on the third break point as the American powered a superb return of serve down the line to level the set at 5-5.

Young, clearly fired up and sensing victory, held his service game to pile the pressure back on the Australian. Jones double-faulted twice and the American took the second of his two match points and let out a victorious roar of delight.

Young, who reached the boys’ semi-finals last year, will be looking to add the Wimbledon boys’ title to the one he won at the Australian Open in 2005 when he made history by becoming the youngest boy to win a grand slam title and the youngest ever junior boy ranked number one in the world.

His opponent will be top seed Vladimir Ignatic of Belarus who defeated Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

The 16-year-old Belarussian was given a tough time by his Lithuanian opponent, with both players winning a similar amount of points on their first serves. Despite taking the opening set, Berankis, who recently turned 17, found himself 5-0 up in the second set. Ignatic managed to break back once but the match was soon level at a set-all.

Ignatic stormed away with the deciding set, with some aggressive ground strokes and Berankis was struggling to find an answer to his opponent’s power. Three match points quickly came on the Belarussian’s serve and he took the first, firing down a ferocious serve that Berankis could only net.

It promises to be a high quality final. Ignatic, like Young, also has a grand slam title, winning the boys' singles at the French Open earlier this year when he defeated Young’s semi-final opponent Greg Jones in straight sets. He will now be aiming to win back-to-back junior grand slams.

Written by Tim Westmacott

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2007-07-07/200707071183814088078.html

Veronique
07-07-2007, 10:31 PM
I'm fairly sure you will have to be born in 1990 or younger to play in junior grand slams next year as there has been no 1988 players playing in Grand Slams this year. As for Don play Greg Jones I expect Jones to win he is really on a roll and has also been playing really good tennis this year with a junior French Open runner up and a challenger runner up this year he has also been playing on the mens tour.

Jones to win in a tight match with one or two tie breaks.

Say what? Too bad wimbledon.org doesn't have that match I could see how each played. Young will still be 18 next Wimbledon and qualifies for it should he like to play. Many promising 18 yr olds just don't enter.

SHB
07-07-2007, 10:33 PM
Say what? Too bad wimbledon.org doesn't have that match I could see how each played. Young will still be 18 next Wimbledon and qualifies for it should he like to play. Many promising 18 yr olds just don't enter.

No, all players born before 1990 will be ineligible for ITF junior events as of January 1, 2008.

Veronique
07-07-2007, 10:46 PM
No, all players born before 1990 will be ineligible for ITF junior events as of January 1, 2008.

Ah thanks! I thought they went by birthdays only. He still beat Greg Jones though.;-)

WhataQT
07-07-2007, 11:30 PM
Good luck Donald!

GlennMirnyi
07-07-2007, 11:38 PM
Bye bye Don... Vladimir will rip you a new one.

robinhood
07-07-2007, 11:41 PM
An American lad in the Slam final!
Junior or pro, that's a big achievement these days.
Good luck tomorrow, Donald!!!!!!!

Baghdatis72
07-07-2007, 11:53 PM
An American lad in the Slam final!
Junior or pro, that's a big achievement these days.
Good luck tomorrow, Donald!!!!!!!

He won the semi final and he is playing in the final tomorrow.

FedFan_2007
07-08-2007, 02:32 AM
Donald Young has absolutely no weapons to threaten the ATP top 50.

Fumus
07-08-2007, 02:34 AM
Go Donald! American tennis needs a shot in the arm.

Jim Jones
07-08-2007, 01:15 PM
Why do people keep calling the Belarus player, Vladimir? It is, 'Uladzimir'. Not too complicated, no? ;)

Baghdatis72
07-08-2007, 01:21 PM
I'm watching the final live!!!

Young leads 7-5 5-1 and just lost 5 championship points because Ignatic played amazingly on those points :o

He won it 7-5 6-1 and is the Wimbledon mens singles champion for 2007.

The Freak
07-08-2007, 01:33 PM
Good Job The Don. :worship:
Good confidence boost for him, he easily beat Ignatic.

Hip-And-Happenin
07-08-2007, 01:41 PM
Vladimir. :bigcry: :bigcry: :( Complete self-destruction from 5-4 up in the 1st. :( :hug: :sad: Only good points in the 2nd were the match points. :o :lol: You must work on all those foot faults. :banghead:

Congrats Don. ;):yeah:

dorkgirl
07-08-2007, 01:41 PM
Good for him, hope he enjoys the moment. God knows it won't come again out of juniors.

I kid, i kid!

Grinder
07-08-2007, 01:42 PM
Congrats Donald, now build on this success in the pros. :yeah:

Baghdatis72
07-08-2007, 01:47 PM
He didn't seem excited when he won it for some reason. He just sat down, then stood up and took the trophy and then gave it to a woman (probably his mother) to hold it and left the court with her.

He didn't celebrate in any way and it looked like a routine to him or like it meant nothing to him :o

The Freak
07-08-2007, 01:49 PM
He didn't seem excited when he won it for some reason. He just sat down, then stood up and took the trophy and then gave it to a woman (probably his mother) to hold it and left the court with her.

He didn't celebrate in any way and it looked like a routine to him or like it meant nothing to him :o

Well, he was excited in the semis yesterday.

Nadie
07-08-2007, 01:53 PM
Vladimir :sad:

gusman890
07-08-2007, 01:53 PM
So much for the NO.1 Junior kid.

D-young!! :yeah:

Ivo#1Fan
07-08-2007, 02:02 PM
Great win Donald! Now finish out your junior career this summer at the Open and then go play college tennis, preferably at UNC!

2moretogo
07-08-2007, 02:22 PM
I was impressed by Donald's game today, I was told his backhand wasn't that good, but it looked pretty solid today on both sides, working the angles, and his net play was ok.

His opponent, Ignatic, I thought he was going to hit the lineswoman who kept yelling, "Foot Fault." He has pretty good at net, except when he wasn't, but he plays tooo damn fast on serve. Liked the way he defended those Championship Points though.

Question, Were those Donald's parents they kept showing? Cuz, aren't they supposed to be his coaches as well? If that is the case, methinks, I'll join the chorus on this one and he needs a COACH!!!

You can tell he's got great skills and talent, but all ATP players do. He needs someone else to take him to the next level.

The Freak
07-08-2007, 03:16 PM
Young Wins Boys' Championship


Sunday, 8 July, 2007


Donald Young achieved his dream of becoming Junior Wimbledon Boys’ Champion with a straight-sets victory over the number one seed from Belarus, Vladimir Ignatik.

The left-hander from the USA was determined to win the title today, immediately breaking Ignatik in the opening game, timing his returns of serve to perfection and out-rallying his opponent. His carefully placed groundstrokes were also inflicting damage on Ignatik.

The 16-year-old Belarussian had the difficult job of chasing Young throughout the rest of the set but once he had started to keep his powerful groundstrokes in play he began to hurt the American. Slowly he started to close the 3-1 deficit in games with his awesome power.

The second break point on Young’s serve in the sixth game signalled to the Court 3 crowd that Ignatik was starting to dictate the rallies. He was frustrating the American with his high intensity baseline game that has seen him cut through the strong field of juniors here during The Championships.

Both players were using all their experience that they have gained winning their previous grand slam titles by saving their best tennis for the latter part of the set. Young immediately broke Ignatik, a French Open winner, to edge ahead 4-3 only for the number one seed to halt Young in his tracks to go 5-4 up, forcing the third seed to hold his serve or crash out of the set.

The wonderful skill and craft that has served Young well over the years of his junior apprenticeship allowed him seize control of the final once again, putting an end to Ignatik’s revival. He broke the Belarussian in the 11th game and continuing to serve superbly well to take the set 7-5.

The momentum was swinging back towards Young and he regained control of the rallies, anticipating his opponent’s attacks well and playing with more freedom.

Young’s body language in comparison to Ignatik’s was far more relaxed and he was hitting his shots with greater conviction. Most importantly, he was hitting more first serves in and reading his opponent’s serve better. This allowed him to engineer 12 break points throughout the match and he converted six of them.

Within 29 minutes, Young had wrapped up the second set 6-1 and was presented with the Junior Boys’ trophy, claiming his second junior grand slam title since winning the Australian Open juniors in 2005.

After the match, Young was happy to have won, saying: “ It feels great, it’s awesome to have won. I felt I was the main target in the tournament, being the highest ranked player in the pros’ tour out there. So I had to go out there and deal with that pressure. In the final I just tried to keep a lot of first serves in play and tried to keep in the rallies and see what happened.”

Donald Young has a junior doubles semi-final match to play and admitted that he was thinking about it during his final. “I was thinking out there that I didn’t want the match to go to three sets because I have maybe two doubles matches today. But fortunately I won the first set, which was the key to the match, giving me the chance to grow from that moment on to win.”

Written by Michael Burke-Velji

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/match_reports/2007-07-08/200707081183920640093.html

Bijoux0021
07-08-2007, 03:31 PM
Congrats, Donald! :worship:

Grunge
07-08-2007, 03:41 PM
Why do people keep calling the Belarus player, Vladimir? It is, 'Uladzimir'. Not too complicated, no? ;)

Because his name is Vladimir. He is Serb born in Belgrade, whose parents moved to Belarus ten years (or so) ago. They took Belarus passport and now he is playing for that country.

The Pro
07-08-2007, 03:59 PM
He didn't seem excited when he won it for some reason. He just sat down, then stood up and took the trophy and then gave it to a woman (probably his mother) to hold it and left the court with her.

He didn't celebrate in any way and it looked like a routine to him or like it meant nothing to him :o

He has this sense of entitlement I don't like. :confused:

The Freak
07-08-2007, 04:03 PM
He has this sense of entitlement I don't like. :confused:

You didn't see him kiss the trophy nultiple times. Don't make these judgments so quickly when you have no information.

gusman890
07-08-2007, 04:07 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/77/fullj.getty-tennis-wimbledon-young_9_38_11_am.jpg

enough said.

celia
07-08-2007, 04:10 PM
Congrats Donald. This is what you should have focused on in the first place. Now prepare for the big boys.

azza
07-08-2007, 04:12 PM
This just makes it more funny that he will never crack the top 100 no sorry 200 :haha: :)

Veronique
07-08-2007, 04:22 PM
Bye bye Don... Vladimir will rip you a new one.

Yeah he sure did!

Baghdatis72
07-08-2007, 04:22 PM
You didn't see him kiss the trophy nultiple times. Don't make these judgments so quickly when you have no information.

I was watching the match live and his reaction wasn't very spontaneous when he won the match on the 6-7th match point.
I was expecting a roar of excitement or falling down with tears in his eyes or a big cheer and celebration but instead he walked to his chair, got the trophy, kissed it, smiled, gave it to his mother and walked towards the chairs again :o

smucav
07-08-2007, 05:57 PM
Question, Were those Donald's parents they kept showing? Cuz, aren't they supposed to be his coaches as well? If that is the case, methinks, I'll join the chorus on this one and he needs a COACH!!!

You can tell he's got great skills and talent, but all ATP players do. He needs someone else to take him to the next level.One of the people shown on camera cheering after the match wasn't a Young relative, but David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York (and USTA board member). He's been at Wimbledon all week.
http://www.usta.com/aboutus/boardofdirectors.sps?iType=928&icustompageid=12723

Until this year, Young's parents (Donald Sr. and Illona) were his only coaches and one or both of them continue to travel with him the majority of the time.

Since the beginning of 2007, Young has received some assistance (funding and coaching) from the USTA. David Nainkin, the USTA coach for the 1989 boys, was at Wimbledon coaching Young (& the others from his birth year).

SHB
07-08-2007, 06:26 PM
I was watching the match live and his reaction wasn't very spontaneous when he won the match on the 6-7th match point.
I was expecting a roar of excitement or falling down with tears in his eyes or a big cheer and celebration but instead he walked to his chair, got the trophy, kissed it, smiled, gave it to his mother and walked towards the chairs again :o

Come on now. People express emotions differently. Not everyone is demonstrative. Besides, he looked very happy holding and kissing the trophy after the match.

I wonder if Ignatic's reaction would have been analyzed this much had he won. Somehow I doubt it.

SHB
07-08-2007, 06:27 PM
Yeah he sure did!

He got the "ripping" part right. Just missed on the source of the ripping.

The Freak
07-08-2007, 06:27 PM
Come on now. People express emotions differently. Not everyone is demonstrative. Besides, he looked very happy holding and kissing the trophy after the match.

I wonder if Ignatic's reaction would have been analyzed this much had he won. Somehow I doubt it.

Exactly.

ReturnWinner
07-08-2007, 06:34 PM
why is important how did he celebrate his wins??? people reaction differently to every event,thre is nothing bad with the way D.Young chose/felt to celebrate

SHB
07-08-2007, 06:35 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27590_gallery.JPG

This was his reaction after winning in the semis. Had he done this today, I suppose it would have proven that he cared. I guess he went from not having a sense of entitlement in the semis to having one in the finals. What a rapid transformation.

2moretogo
07-08-2007, 07:51 PM
One of the people shown on camera cheering after the match wasn't a Young relative, but David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York (and USTA board member). He's been at Wimbledon all week.
http://www.usta.com/aboutus/boardofdirectors.sps?iType=928&icustompageid=12723

Until this year, Young's parents (Donald Sr. and Illona) were his only coaches and one or both of them continue to travel with him the majority of the time.

Since the beginning of 2007, Young has received some assistance (funding and coaching) from the USTA. David Nainkin, the USTA coach for the 1989 boys, was at Wimbledon coaching Young (& the others from his birth year).

Thanks for answering my question. I am glad that they are making some changes. D definately has game, and hopefully I will get to see him at USO this year.

I wonder if Ignatic's reaction would have been analyzed this much had he won. Somehow I doubt it.
Couldn't have said it better.

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27590_gallery.JPG

This was his reaction after winning in the semis. Had he done this today, I suppose it would have proven that he cared. I guess he went from not having a sense of entitlement in the semis to having one in the finals. What a rapid transformation.

I guess I don't see the entitlement here that some people are holding on to so tightly. If you were offered a wildcard, or if your management was running/managing big tourneys and could get you wild cards wouldn't you take them or request them? So he didn't win, are we 5 yrs. from now still going to fault the kid for going out there and trying?

celia
07-08-2007, 08:57 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27590_gallery.JPG

This was his reaction after winning in the semis. Had he done this today, I suppose it would have proven that he cared. I guess he went from not having a sense of entitlement in the semis to having one in the finals. What a rapid transformation.

He didn't seem entitled to me. He seemed almost embarassed to have won, like he did not know how to celebrate. He held the trophy waist-high for a long time. And although he was smiling and seemed happy, he also was very subdued, almost as if he was embarassed by the whole thing and wante it to be over. And I can understand his reaction because he probably got a lot of flack from the other Juniors in the locker room who probably felt that it was unfair that he had gotten the experience playing against the Pros only to turn around and beat them all up. Donald was in a no-win situation here. If he had lost, he would have been deriled. He wins and people can't stop dragging him down. He needs to answer his critics with more wins now at the pro level.

Burrow
07-08-2007, 09:23 PM
was it a bad of celebration as safin 2005 australian open? :lol:

SHB
07-08-2007, 09:58 PM
He didn't seem entitled to me. He seemed almost embarassed to have won, like he did not know how to celebrate. He held the trophy waist-high for a long time. And although he was smiling and seemed happy, he also was very subdued, almost as if he was embarassed by the whole thing and wante it to be over. And I can understand his reaction because he probably got a lot of flack from the other Juniors in the locker room who probably felt that it was unfair that he had gotten the experience playing against the Pros only to turn around and beat them all up. Donald was in a no-win situation here. If he had lost, he would have been deriled. He wins and people can't stop dragging him down. He needs to answer his critics with more wins now at the pro level.

I largely agree, although most of the top-ranked juniors have pro experience -- some of them quite a bit. Brydan Klein, the Australian Open winner, has played in 11 pro tournaments this year, and many more in 2006. Yet, I haven't seen complaints about him.

Veronique
07-10-2007, 11:48 PM
Grab Young vs Ignatic Boys Final match before I dump it.
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3738004

celia
07-11-2007, 01:37 AM
I largely agree, although most of the top-ranked juniors have pro experience -- some of them quite a bit. Brydan Klein, the Australian Open winner, has played in 11 pro tournaments this year, and many more in 2006. Yet, I haven't seen complaints about him.

Maybe because Brydan and his family never declared him the next great thing? Donald's people totally mishandled the media. Unfortunately only Donald has had to pay the price for it.

smucav
07-11-2007, 06:21 PM
Thanks for answering my question. I am glad that they are making some changes. D definately has game, and hopefully I will get to see him at USO this year.http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-flspbricker11nbjul11,0,2493083.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennis
(http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-flspbricker11nbjul11,0,2493083.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennis)As for Young: He's playing measurably better ball since he started working with USTA coach David Nainkin in February. His parents, who had for years resisted letting the USTA get into the picture, apparently aren't that impressed, however. I asked Young's father what Nainkin has been able to do for Young. "Well," he said, "he hasn't been a negative." ...

2moretogo
07-11-2007, 07:03 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-flspbricker11nbjul11,0,2493083.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennis
(http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-flspbricker11nbjul11,0,2493083.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennis)

Yikes! Looks like D is fighting an up hill battle here. I mean damn, his parents really aren't doing him any favors, but you know a little of it could be USATA (generally) and them being protective parents. All I remember is seeing D's mom on TTC "Matchmakers: Agents" and she was very aggressive (even though I agreed with some of what she was saying) in the sense that she acted like she wasn't going to take any bull.

R.Federer
07-12-2007, 12:35 AM
When is he going to migrate permanently to the Pro tour? He can't play indefinitely on juniors, that would be silly.

If it is helping him build his confidence by winning matches at the Jr level, then great for him. But sooner or later he is going to have to produce on the pro tour. I hope he has improved and can notch some wins where it truly counts.

alfonsojose
07-12-2007, 04:13 AM
:tape:

Matchu
07-12-2007, 04:28 AM
is he the second african american male to win wimbledon at junior or senior level?

of course Arthur Ashe was the first

Fapmeister
07-12-2007, 04:46 AM
Oh please. What kind of experience did he gain from playing in the pros a dozen times? How to be a gracious loser?

Fapmeister
07-12-2007, 07:01 AM
is he the ...african american male to..


Who gives a shit?

Fapmeister
07-12-2007, 07:02 AM
Grab Young vs Ignatic Boys Final match before I dump it.
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3738004

I been sitting at 99% for hours now.... 0 download speed. Grrr.

The Freak
07-12-2007, 03:27 PM
Grab Young vs Ignatic Boys Final match before I dump it.
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3738004

Any chance somebody can send this to megaupload, my computer doesn't do torrents. :)