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American Tennis Sensation

forzalaziale
06-11-2004, 04:22 PM
does any1 know the name of the supposed new tennis sensation from america?
hes black and about 14-15?

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-11-2004, 04:23 PM
Freddy Adu plays soccer

..j/k, I wouldnt know

YulBrynnerWasBald
06-11-2004, 04:26 PM
Donald Young

tangerine_dream
06-11-2004, 04:31 PM
does any1 know the name of the supposed new tennis sensation from america? hes black and about 14-15?

Donald Young.

MisterQ
06-11-2004, 04:47 PM
what's his game like, anyone know?

tangerine_dream
06-11-2004, 04:57 PM
what's his game like, anyone know?

He's an American who can play on clay. :p ;)

Action Jackson
06-11-2004, 05:00 PM
He's an American who can play on clay. :p ;)

Who has he beaten on clay? We'll see whether he makes the grade or not in the future. I hope so, but the media should lay off him at this age.

CooCooCachoo
06-11-2004, 05:15 PM
- Referring to the image -

I hope he does hit with a racquet in matches, not with his hands! :p

MisterQ
06-11-2004, 05:20 PM
- Referring to the image -

I hope he does hit with a racquet in matches, not with his hands! :p

That's his Head GaseousMetal racket, lol. ;)

Dirk
06-11-2004, 05:24 PM
Mary said he is going to turn pro. She said it was a bad idea because boys vs. men isn't good because of the difference in bodies unlike the females.

CooCooCachoo
06-11-2004, 05:25 PM
I've been told Mary always tells crap?

And MisterQ.. I think so ;)

Action Jackson
06-11-2004, 05:32 PM
Mary said he is going to turn pro. She said it was a bad idea because boys vs. men isn't good because of the difference in bodies unlike the females.

Mary sometimes talks too much out of her arse.

If they are good enough, they are old enough, though the balance needs to be right not everyone can be like Wilander winning 3 Slams by the age of 19.

-wokkel-
06-11-2004, 05:58 PM
- Referring to the image -

I hope he does hit with a racquet in matches, not with his hands! :p

He's a left-hander, you can't see the racket on that pic.

CooCooCachoo
06-11-2004, 06:27 PM
I was just joking, Wokkeltje ;) It looks as if he is hitting with his right hand (he is making the movement), but he has no racquet there :p

Leo
06-11-2004, 06:29 PM
Why is he such a sensation? Has he won the Orange Bowl or something?

tazban1
06-11-2004, 08:38 PM
Why is he such a sensation? Has he won the Orange Bowl or something?

I'd like to know as well. According to the ITF site, he's only ranked 95 in juniors and hasn't beaten anyone of note. Why would he want to move up to senior now when he can't even beat the top juniors? He is only 14, why the rush?

Oops. editing to say that 95 is his combined ranking. It says that his career high is actually only 187

Bethly
06-11-2004, 08:47 PM
He has won the Easter Bowl 18 and under earlier this year and believe he won the Orange bowl 16 and under but don't quote me on that. He was "discovered" by Jon McEnroe like four years ago in Chicago. I think Jon was playing an exhibition or something, since then he has be tapped as the future of American Tennis. Beyond that, I really don't know much about him.

Leo
06-11-2004, 09:10 PM
Thanks Bethly.

Chloe le Bopper
06-11-2004, 09:12 PM
Bah, I know somebody who has a bunch of articles on him saved in memory. I should send her over here ;)

Apparently he's making his ATP debut somewhere this summer with a WC. I'll try to remember where :p

Hewitt didn't do much in itf juniors either, btw, and neither did Ferrero.... or Nadal. That wasn't their focus, and from what I've read it isn't this kids either.

Fee
06-12-2004, 05:46 AM
If I remember correctly Donald Young is the first junior to win two titles at one tournament (it was the one held in Indian Wells in April, that's the Easter Bowl right?). He won both the 18 and under and the 16 and under titles (I think), and I guess he earned a WC into the Mercedes-Benz Cup at UCLA in July when he did that. I had thought that the LA Times reported that he turned pro that weekend, but I can't find that story anymore.

I've seen his name here and there at Steve G since then, mostly in Futures, but I don't think he's won anything lately. I think he is being managed and coached by his parents, too. I'm very leery of this whole situation and I wouldn't be surprised if it all turns out to be a whole lot of noise about nothing.

YoursTruly
06-12-2004, 05:52 AM
If he is going to turn pro, then that is both sad and scary. He's only 14! It's not like the WTA in the past, although this was bad enough (hint: Capriati), so he should just develop his game and career more. Don't cash in to something that's not that developed! Otherwise he'll be a fish out of water! :eek:

Experimentee
06-12-2004, 04:27 PM
There was a guy who was coming up at the same time as Roddick, and was hyped up as much, he was called Levar Harper Griffith. Whatever happened to him? Obviously he didnt turn out as good as Roddick.

Steve-o
06-12-2004, 05:53 PM
He's not turning full time pro yet.

He played a futures event a couple weeks ago and lost 4 and 4 to Robert Yim the Boys 18 champ from a couple years ago. Yim is like 400 something in the world so I think Nadal and Gasquet are safe for a little while longer as the youngest guys on the main tour.

Like GWH said if he can play and compete on the pro tour he should. You only get better playing against better competition. No use playing under 16 events when he's that good already.

The reason his ITF rank is so low is because he has played extremely few ITF events but that should change very very soon.

I have seen a few clips of him playing. He is a double hander backhand, crafty forehand can hit it a lot of different ways. Serve motion looks a bit rushed but smooth and natural.. think Arazi's motion.

He's only 5' 6" or something and still has the "baby fat" but he should be entering the age when he has a growth spurt. When I heard him talk I was surprised how deep his voice is already.

Definitely someone to watch but I think based on this year's events such as the USTA 18 championships and the US Junior Open he may turn pro. But I agree I think he needs a couple years.

Steve-o
06-12-2004, 05:55 PM
Levar Harper Griffith ... you can find reports on him on the old stevegtennis.com message boards. I think a variety of reasons contributed to his demise including excessive hype, not working hard enough, poor predictions of how his junior game would translate to pro's.

Last I heard he was struggling on the Swedish satellites a month or so ago.

¿esquímaux?
06-12-2004, 06:06 PM
I wish mr. young the best :yeah:

Rocketta
06-12-2004, 09:39 PM
I don't know anything about him but I saw him in this usta juniors show on Fox sports the other day...and he has dreamy eyes....<I want to do a drool smiley but he's a baby, let's just say he should grow up to be one hadsome man ;) >

Tennis Fool
06-12-2004, 10:33 PM
There's a whole thread on him, with stats, in the Juniors forum ;)

Tennis Fool
06-12-2004, 10:34 PM
Mary said he is going to turn pro. She said it was a bad idea because boys vs. men isn't good because of the difference in bodies unlike the females.

He turned pro already at the French Open.

star
06-13-2004, 12:00 AM
poor kid.

his bio says he started playing tennis at age two. Somehow I think this has more to do with his parents' aspirations rather than his own.

star
06-13-2004, 12:01 AM
I don't know anything about him but I saw him in this usta juniors show on Fox sports the other day...and he has dreamy eyes....<I want to do a drool smiley but he's a baby, let's just say he should grow up to be one hadsome man ;) >


You know a junior who looks very nice with dreamy eyes is Gael Monfils. :)

Smankyou
06-13-2004, 02:01 AM
There's a whole thread on him, with stats, in the Juniors forum ;)

http://menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=5856

:)

His own friends don't even think he's exceptionally talented. John Mac is just trying to play talent scout.