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The Freak
02-18-2007, 02:15 AM
Does anybody know of his schedule? He should have got a wild card at Memphis, but oh well.

scoobs
02-18-2007, 02:17 AM
He got enough wildcards last year.

I've nothing against the kid and I hope he makes a success of himself because he's been badly mishandled, but I think it will do his confidence much better in the long run if he works his way up so he has the right to be in these events and the wildcards are given out sparingly.

Johnny Groove
02-18-2007, 02:20 AM
he fought through the qualies in the challenger this week in Joplin, and won a round before losing the 2nd round. no preferential treatment, no WC, just good, hard-fought tennis. :yeah:

The Freak
02-18-2007, 02:22 AM
Donald Young is definitely getting closer to ATP level, he took Djokovic to 4 sets at last years' US Open.

scoobs
02-18-2007, 02:28 AM
Donald Young is definitely getting closer to ATP level, he took Djokovic to 4 sets at last years' US Open.
I watched that match. Djokovic was half asleep in that first set. When he finally got going he battered Young off the court. I think Young won 4 more games in 3 sets.

Young has a good all round game but it is still a boy's game in a boy's body - and he definitely still has the competitive match-toughness of a boy. He doesn't need wildcards, he needs to grind his way up to the top and earn his stripes lower down, as he is started to do, I am pleased to see. Those battles down there will toughen his matchplay up and make him a much more solid competitor in future.

They've attempted to take too many shortcuts with him and it's been disasterous. I dare say Miami will give him a wildcard, because it's IMG and so is he, but they should be kept to a minimum - or give him WC into quallies, perhaps. Attempting to parachute him into the top flight will not work.

Having said all that, I hope he does well for himself and makes it onto the regular ATP tour in the next few years.

Fee
02-18-2007, 04:10 AM
Why don't you send a friend request to his myspace page and profess your undying love to him there. :)

He is not ready for the Tour, probably not for at least a year.

zicofirol
02-18-2007, 04:33 AM
Why don't you send a friend request to his myspace page and profess your undying love to him there. :)

He is not ready for the Tour, probably not for at least a year.

how can you say that? he won a 1st round challenger match this week!!!, lol

SHB
04-22-2007, 09:53 PM
Young won his first pro title today, beating fellow 17-year-old Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2 in the final of USA F8 Futures. He also won the doubles title with Nishikori. It's his third doubles title this year (two futures and one challenger).

Here are his singles results:

1st: def. Izak Van Der Merwe 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
2nd: def. Ryler De Heart 7-5, 6-1
QF: def. #2 seed Jamie Baker 6-2, 6-2
SF: def. #4 seed Harel Levy 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
F: def. Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2

Van Der Merwe and De Heart were the finalists of last week's USA F7 Futures. De Heart was also one of the best collegiate players over the last couple years.

This result follows a solid performance at the Valencia Challenger last week, where he reached the quarterfinals, tied for his best performance in a challenger. The week before that he practiced with the Davis Cup team, which may have helped him quite a bit, especially from a psychological standpoint.

tae04
05-01-2007, 06:46 PM
Good job Donald

SHB
05-30-2007, 04:13 AM
Young isn't done with juniors, apparently. He's entered the Wimbledon Junior Championships. He'll have as good a chance as anyone to win it, but he'll have to get through a tough draw to do it since his ranking has dropped so far while he's played in the pros.

SHB
07-07-2007, 10:04 PM
Young is into the Wimbledon finals against the #1 ranked junior and French Open Champion, Uladzimir Ignatic. If we're lucky, ESPN or NBC might show some of it. I remember them showing a portion of the final a few years ago when Gael Monfils won.

SHB
07-08-2007, 06:12 PM
Young won 7-5, 6-1! An impressive win against a smoking hot and reputedly very talented Ignatic.

It looks like the Aptos Challenger is next on his schedule.

The Freak
07-08-2007, 06:18 PM
Congrats Don!! :worship:

The Freak
07-08-2007, 06:43 PM
Anybody got some pics of his Wimby trip?

SHB
07-08-2007, 07:00 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_14_young_009_getty_r_pierse.jpg

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_14_young_010_getty_r_pierse.jpg

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

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_14_young_007_empics_j_buckle.jpg

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_12_young_003_prosport_t_hindley.jpg

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_14_young_003_sbi_p_thomas.jpg

The Freak
07-08-2007, 07:04 PM
Thanks SHB. :)

SHB
07-08-2007, 10:09 PM
A few more:

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27611_gallery.JPG

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27609_gallery.JPG

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/IO_27608_gallery.JPG

Grinder
07-08-2007, 10:29 PM
Excellent job by Donald to wrap up his junior career with a win at Wimbledon. :hatoff:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 05:24 AM
Donald is actually allegedly playing the USO Juniors too, and will play Kalamazoo to try to get a main draw WC

Anyway he is in the semis in the Aptos challenger, he beat Kuznetsov in straights today. He also got a WC into Indianapolis next week where he will open against Lee

SHB
07-23-2007, 02:31 AM
Young won the Aptos Challenger without dropping a set! He knocked off Nick Lindahl, Rajeev Ram, Alex Kuznetsov, Prakash Amritraj, and Bobby Reynolds. He's on a nice little run here.

I don't see him playing Kalamazoo. He's a mortal lock to receive a WC now.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 02:32 AM
:yeah: Next stop, first ATP-level win.

Jimnik
07-23-2007, 02:33 AM
:yeah: Next stop, first ATP-level win.
Do you think he'll beat HTL?

Jlee
07-23-2007, 02:34 AM
*crosses fingers*

I'm glad to see he seems to have figured out how the tour really works. Good luck Donald!

marcosz1985
07-23-2007, 06:33 AM
good luck donald! i hope that if he gets again a wc for the us open he can at least win a match!

GustavoM_Fan
07-23-2007, 06:45 AM
good luck donald! i hope that if he gets again a wc for the us open he can at least win a match!

I think he deserve UsOpen WC again...
I am not sure but probably will play Kalamazoo USTA Junior Championship (he will be 1st one to win it 3 consecutive times if he play again this year), if he win that again he receives a WC to UsOpen Championship... :D

SHB
07-30-2007, 12:43 AM
So he lost 6-2, 6-4 to Hyung-Taik Lee at Indy. Now he gets Mr. Querrey in the first round of the Vancouver Challenger. Querrey beat him 7-6(7), 7-5 last year. Young beat Querrey in the 2005 final at Kalamazoo.

I think playing another youngster with whom he's familiar gives him a shot. He should play with more confidence. However, it's still an uphill battle considering how well Querrey is playing at the moment.

SHB
08-01-2007, 04:37 PM
Querrey won 6-4, 6-4. Not bad for Donald. I wish he had gotten a better draw.

the_natural
08-07-2007, 03:00 AM
The guy has really shot up in height wow, its gonna make movement awkward for a while.

JMG
08-07-2007, 11:33 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wFVv1Akw0Ag

That's a highlight video of the Lee match. The Don looked good at the end, too bad it was too late.

SHB
08-08-2007, 01:20 AM
Thank you for posting that. I think Young is going to be a player down the road.

The Freak
08-18-2007, 03:39 AM
Donaldo is playing Amer Delic first round in New Haven, I think it's time to get the ever elusive first ATP win.

SHB
08-19-2007, 05:55 PM
ATP win #1 for Donald Young! The first of many.

4-6, 6-3, 6-4 over 79th ranked Amer Delic.

Davydenko up next. That's a loss, but it's already been a great tournament for Donald. He'll now go into the U.S. Open knowing that he can win on the ATP level.

The Freak
08-19-2007, 06:12 PM
Donaldo is playing Amer Delic first round in New Haven, I think it's time to get the ever elusive first ATP win.

Not to brag or anything, but I think I called it. :p

GustavoM_Fan
08-20-2007, 07:28 AM
I post a poll about Donald`s today match.....
and all the normal MTF user put Delic 2.0 :silly: :rolls:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108267

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/180x250/young_newhaven1.jpg

VAMOS DON!!! :woohoo:

ae wowww
08-21-2007, 11:09 AM
Congrats DY, only a matter of time. Hopefully this will lead to a confidence boost, and many greater things.

SHB
08-23-2007, 02:43 AM
He lost to Davydenko 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. That's quite a performance.

What a strange match, though. He broke Davydenko five times, but was broken seven times himself.

I think he'll beat Chris Guccione at the U.S. Open.

SHB
08-23-2007, 06:11 AM
Just watched the match on ESPN. Reports of Young's "lack of weapons" have been greatly exaggerated. We're going to be seeing a lot of him in the future.

Clara Bow
08-23-2007, 08:06 AM
While Donald still needs to mature in areas- I really enjoyed watching him play. Some good play at net, and some nice stuff from the back of the court. He has a fairly varied game- nice to see. I hope to see him do well in the future.

SHB
08-23-2007, 06:30 PM
Some interesting quotes from Davydenko:

http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18739068&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=7592&rfi=6

"He was hitting really well and was confident hitting winners and making no mistakes sometimes and hitting fast," Davydenko said. "It was hard for me. Sometimes I win easily from baseline and have control from baseline and sometimes I have no control."

"He had great volleys, he had very good touch in the volleys," Davydenko said. "It surprised me that he hit from both sides.

"He's the first American player (Davydenko played) to play both sides, play both forehand and backhand so good and make winners from forehand and backhand. I never saw (that) before."

"Roddick (does) not play so good from backhand," Davydenko said. "Blake plays forehand fast and makes winners from forehand but this guy makes good winners (from both sides)."

Deboogle!.
08-23-2007, 06:55 PM
Davydenko :lol:

nice try from the Don, hope he keeps it up

Jlee
08-25-2007, 03:35 AM
I don't want to jump on the Young bandwagon quite yet...poor kid...but that match with Davydenko was really quite impressive. His level of play picked up by a LOT and he showed that he can play at the same level as a top 10 quality guy, at least for about a set and a half. The mental ability will likely come as he's what...18? And he has some shots that need to be developed, obviously. But still, not bad at all. :yeah:

Grinder
08-27-2007, 06:49 PM
The Don is into the second round with a 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over Chris Guccione. His stats in this match were unbelievable and he hit some really flashy winners in that fourth set. :D

Clara Bow
08-27-2007, 06:55 PM
Congrats to Donald for his first grand slam win. :D I look forward to seeing what USA showed when I watch the Tivo for today.

Stats sound impressive.

Deboogle!.
08-27-2007, 09:00 PM
wow! good for him :)

SHB
08-27-2007, 09:45 PM
Here are the match stats:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/day7/1107ms.html

Very impressive indeed. He was not broken in the match. He had 9 aces, the same amount as Guccione (although Guccione was going up against a better returner :) ). He won 85% of first serve points and 50% of second serve points. His top serve speed was 130 mph, compared to 132 mph for Guccione. The kid is not a weakling by any means, despite how he has been portrayed.

I saw the first set, and Guccione served his ass off. His first serve percentage was 76%. That's why he won the set. I had to go when it was 2-0 Young in the second set, but it appeared that he was taking his game to another level. I'm going to watch the match on tape later, so I'll have more to say about it then.

Gasquet up next. Talk about an intriguing matchup. Gasquet should win this, but I'll bet that Young hangs with him.

Chaos Inc.
08-27-2007, 11:56 PM
Some interesting quotes from Davydenko:

http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18739068&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=7592&rfi=6

"He was hitting really well and was confident hitting winners and making no mistakes sometimes and hitting fast," Davydenko said. "It was hard for me. Sometimes I win easily from baseline and have control from baseline and sometimes I have no control."

"He had great volleys, he had very good touch in the volleys," Davydenko said. "It surprised me that he hit from both sides.

"He's the first American player (Davydenko played) to play both sides, play both forehand and backhand so good and make winners from forehand and backhand. I never saw (that) before."

"Roddick (does) not play so good from backhand," Davydenko said. "Blake plays forehand fast and makes winners from forehand but this guy makes good winners (from both sides)."



Really Nikolay? Are you sure you want to say that? Do you remember

an American tennis player who beat you two times by the name of

Andre Agassi? He was pretty fair off of both wings..........

SHB
08-28-2007, 05:28 PM
I got around to watching the match in its entirety. Young dominated after the first set. It seemed that Guccione went to deuce in every service game. His serve-and-volley game was no match for Young's passing shots. Young even hit a fair number of return winners. When Guccione's first serve didn't go in, he was at a major disadvantage.

There were a few points that really got the crowd going in this one. On one point in the third set, Young returned an overhead smash that must have been four feet over his head back at Guccione with good velocity, which he proceeded to dump into the net. Guccione didn't hit the overhead as hard as he could have, but you wouldn't expect it to be returned. In the fourth set, Guccione hit an excellent volley out wide off of Young's return, but Young was able to track it down and hit a cross-court winner with a one-handed backhand. That was my favorite point. Then on the point before match point, Guccione hits a serve out wide to Young's forehand, Young gets it back down the line at Guccione's feet, Guccione hits a good half-volley to the other side of the court, Young retrieves it and hits a lob, Guccione hits a weak but well directed overhead back to the ad court, Young somehow tracks that down and hits a great shot down the line at Guccione's feet, Guccione does well to hit a short volley back to the deuce court, and Young sprints to the ball and hits a backhand winner into the open court. The crowd went nuts after that one.

Young seems to have a well-rounded game. When he's playing confidently, he can hurt you with both the forehand and the backhand. He has great speed, excellent touch at the net, and his serve is solid with the potential to be very good. He's fun to watch.

SHB
08-30-2007, 05:09 PM
Gasquet withdrew with a viral infection. What a huge let down. I was so looking forward to watching that match.

So Young will get an easy 40 points and play the winner of the Andreev-Lopez match.

GustavoM_Fan
08-30-2007, 05:19 PM
Gasquet withdrew with a viral infection. What a huge let down. I was so looking forward to watching that match.

So Young will get an easy 40 points and play the winner of the Andreev-Lopez match.

75 points :)

if he beat Lopez or Andreev he play vs Big John or Fed :eek:

SHB
08-30-2007, 05:34 PM
75 points :)

if he beat Lopez or Andreev he play vs Big John or Fed :eek:

I know, I meant an additional 40 points.

Grinder
08-30-2007, 06:17 PM
If Lopez wins, this will be an excellent opportunity for Donald to get through the fourth round. :cool:

tae04
09-14-2007, 04:50 PM
When's the next event or Challenger that Donald is playing?

SHB
09-14-2007, 10:17 PM
The Lubbock Challenger next week.

PalmOS
09-17-2007, 03:28 AM
Anyone want to post some donald young pictures.. or any shirtless ones

brickhousesupporter
09-18-2007, 07:38 PM
Any updates on his schedule for the fall?

SHB
09-19-2007, 03:21 AM
He has entered the Tulsa and Sacramento challengers.

tae04
09-19-2007, 10:36 PM
He won his first round match in Lubbuck 7-6 6-4

SHB
10-21-2007, 12:49 AM
Young is into another Challenger final (Calabasas). This time he'll face Robert Kendrick, who knocked off Isner in a third set tiebreaker. With a loss he'll move up to about #120. With a win he'll move up to about #115. He's inching ever closer to direct acceptance into the Australian Open, and with four American Challengers yet to be played this year, I wouldn't bet against him getting there. He'll gain at least 38 points in Calabasas, which would leave him 56 points shy of #104 in the rankings. He only has 14 points to defend (in Louisville).

SHB
10-21-2007, 10:28 PM
Kendrick won 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, so he'll have to accumulate about 70 points over the next four events to asssure himself a spot in the AO.

He's just a little experience away from being dominant on the Challenger level, it would seem.

Godiva
10-23-2007, 12:58 AM
Even better news, he's now officially listed at six feet tall. Whew!!:woohoo: for a second there I feared he was going to be stuck in the under 6" department. I feel a lot better now about his prospects as a pro. :D

tae04
10-25-2007, 08:56 PM
I think he will be Top 100 by year end. Good challenger results, just wish he could do better in the finals :-) Next year should be a great year for him, there will be a lot of smaller ATP US events where I think he will get WCs or qualify for.

The Freak
10-28-2007, 04:00 AM
Here's a little video of an amazing volley DY hit against Davydenko in New Haven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh3yopcPEM4

SHB
11-02-2007, 10:31 PM
That was an impeccable shot.

Donald didn't enter the Champaign Challenger, which is surprising considering that he's playing the rest of the American Challengers (plus he'a from Illinois). I guess he's confident that he will only need three more touraments to get the points he needs.

He has a rematch with Levine today in the QF of the Louisville Challenger. I hope and expect that Levine will give him a match this time around.

SHB
11-03-2007, 02:02 AM
Young def. Levine 6-3, 6-3. Another young American, Scott Oudsema, is up next.

Deboogle!.
11-03-2007, 02:10 AM
:yeah:

SHB
11-03-2007, 02:22 AM
It's great to see him doing so consistently well. It wasn't long ago that he was everyone's favorite punch line. Now he's close to overtaking Ginepri in the rankings and may get DA into the AO.

Deboogle!.
11-03-2007, 03:31 AM
indeed, it's good to see him finally putting up consistent results. Hopefully he will get the direct entry and move on up from there!

The Freak
11-03-2007, 03:32 AM
It's pretty amazing how quickly Donald is moving up the rankings. Keep it goin DY. :worship:

tae04
11-04-2007, 01:57 AM
Wonder if he won tonite

Deboogle!.
11-04-2007, 02:01 AM
right now he's up 6-2 4-1 :)

edit: he wins 6-2 6-3:)

SHB
11-04-2007, 02:31 AM
He'll move up to #115 with a loss and #112 with a win tomorrow (ceteris paribus). He's just 32 points short of #104 in the rankings, with a chance to earn 18 more tomorrow. He has two more Challengers after this one (assuming he doesm't change his mind and get a WC into Champaign).

Bachinger has beaten Kendrick and Isner, so you never know, but I like Young's chances.

tae04
11-04-2007, 03:59 AM
Yay ! Please Donald don't lose another final!

SHB
11-04-2007, 09:27 PM
Wow, Young led 6-0, 2-1, but somehow went on to lose the last two sets 7-5, 6-3. Yikes. I don't like the pattern that is developing.

tae04
11-04-2007, 10:27 PM
Man, quit choking in these finals... Up 6-0 1st SET LOL. Must be mental in this big matches... Glad he is at least making it to finals.. Good luck next week!

jcempire
11-09-2007, 08:54 PM
Donald Young could make it to Top 100 early next year

tae04
11-12-2007, 10:42 PM
Donald Young could be in the TOP 100 after this week if he made it to the semis or finals would almost guarantee it.

Fee
11-13-2007, 12:15 AM
He's 106 now. That should be good enough to get into the AO with a few withdrawals. I doubt he will play Knoxville next week.

jcempire
11-15-2007, 05:52 AM
He's 106 now. That should be good enough to get into the AO with a few withdrawals. I doubt he will play Knoxville next week.

Absolute. You right.

He will play AO.

I think if he not get Roger in 1st or 2rd round, He got a chance to make it to 3rd or better than that.

Not kidding. He will make a big run next year

tae04
11-15-2007, 06:30 PM
Yea, looks like he's one win away from the top 100 now :-) Hope he plays one more event this fall.

tae04
11-16-2007, 01:57 PM
Well looks like Donald will be top 100 next week since he's in the Semis now :-)

Deboogle!.
11-19-2007, 05:14 PM
Yep, he made the final where he lost to Levine in 2 TBs, but he is 98 in the new rankings!

tae04
11-19-2007, 09:55 PM
How many Finals will you lose Donald .... lol must be mental

Clara Bow
12-02-2007, 04:19 AM
John Wertheim's wrap-up of the David Cup included this

• Donald Young, in town as a practice partner, continued to draw rave reviews from other players. "Top 50 by summer" is the word. Who wouldn't want to be his management agent these days?

Nice to hear. I hope this happens and of course DY gets over his finals losing thing.

Fumus
12-05-2007, 09:11 PM
wow, D young could be the story in 08'

Jimnik
12-30-2007, 12:39 AM
I've only seen the Don a couple of times but I like his style and I think he's the sort of variety that USA needs at this point. It reminds me a bit of Nando Verdasco's playing style.

I know it's very premature at this point because he's spent most of his career (like all young Americans) on the hard courts. But looking at his game I still think the Don represents USA's best hope for a slow court player. Spadea and Russell are too old and simply not good enough. Clearly Querrey and Isner are two more hard hitting fast court players just like Roddick, Blake, Fish and Ginepri.

There are two things I can't wait to see this year:

1. How well he performs on the European clay courts. Hopefully he can boost his ranking to the 60-70 mark before April so he can qualify for some of those events.

2. If he can get into the Davis Cup team before the end of the season. I know it's premature to think about it at this point but I would love to see him already get involved in that kind of atmosphere.

Deboogle!.
12-30-2007, 01:05 AM
You mean as an active playing player on the DC team? I don't think I see that happening this year, but they did have him in Portland and at least one other tie before that, so they are clearly including him in the DC atmosphere. I think it'll just be interesting to see if he can translate the success he had at the challenger level at the end of this season onto the ATP level and put together some good wins in a row. We'll see

tae04
12-30-2007, 06:05 PM
Is he playing in any qualifying rounds for the warm up events? Or not playing until the AO?

Deboogle!.
12-30-2007, 07:48 PM
He could've gotten into Chennai directly, but I guess he decided not to.... hopefully he'll play something though :unsure:

sheeter
12-30-2007, 09:09 PM
Hope Young does well.

2moretogo
01-02-2008, 08:07 PM
Yeah, I too was wondering why he wasn't playing any of the tour tournaments before AO. Seems strange, but maybe he has an injury or is tired? Seems like he played a LOT of tennis this fall so perhaps he doesn't think he needs the practice?

Speculations and more speculations....

Anyhoo, can't wait to see the Don, even if it is glimpse.

tae04
01-08-2008, 04:56 PM
Hope Don gets a good draw!

SHB
01-11-2008, 01:04 AM
Young drew Michael Berrer in the first round. Not easy, but it could have been worse. And should he win, it will be worse in the second round, where he would have to face Roddick. That would be a lot of fun to watch (top American vs. top American hope), but it's unfortunate that that's probably as far as Young can go.

2moretogo
01-13-2008, 10:28 PM
D. Young's draw sucks for AO. He plays later tonight/today and I am hoping to get a glimpse of his match against Berrer. I wonder if anyone has seen as recent photos of him lately?

Anyhoo, here is the duece magazine article... not alot of new information, but Donald makes some comments about AO.
http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/january2008/young3.asp
By GREG SHARKO
Published: January 10, 2008

Donald Young knows that the ATP Tour guarantees no victories, only defeats. But after suffering a series of shattering losses during his artificial elevation to the pro tour, Young found his way in 2007 and finished inside the Top 100. Will 2008 be his coming out party?

Donald Young knows that the ATP Tour guarantees no victories, only defeats. But after suffering a series of shattering losses during his artificial elevation to the pro tour, Young found his way in 2007 and finished inside the Top 100. Will 2008 be his coming out party?

Donald Young is accustomed to winning tennis matches and the 18-year-old proved that in 2007, at least on the Challenger circuit. Now the Atlanta teenager is gearing up for his first full campaign as a regular member of the ATP tour.

"He's got a lot of good instincts for the game and he's been able to win at the junior level and then at the Challengers," said U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, who has watched Young's progress over the past three years. "He's been able to get the experience and get more pop on his serve. Now it's getting his physical maturity up and once he does that he will be able to win at the tour level. His forehand is a big weapon. In the last year he's stepped up."

Young finished last year as the youngest player in the Top 100 South African Airways ATP Rankings at No. 98, making the jump with successful results early in the season at the Futures level and then in Challengers. He compiled a 34-14 record in Challengers, winning one title and reaching four other finals.

In limited ATP level play (2-3), the left-hander also broke through to win his first ATP match, breaking an 0-11 career mark, and he advanced to the third round at the US Open.

But one year ago Young was looking for the confidence on the pro scene that took him to a Grand Slam junior title and as the No. 1 junior player in the world in 2005.

"He played too much too soon (at the tour level) and he wasn't physically ready for that," added McEnroe. "The good news is he learned from the mistake and then learned to gain confidence in the juniors and Challengers. He got a lot of tough press but mentally he’s a pretty tough kid."

He needed to be. In March 2006 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Young suffered the worst loss of his career – a dreaded double bagel - to No. 81 Carlos Berlocq. "I never lost 6-0, 6-0 in my life and it was an all-time low," said Young, who began to question whether he belonged at ATP level. "I went back home, hung out with my friends and I didn't feel like traveling. I didn't want to play much."

The loss was Young's ninth straight without winning a set. Young would take the first set off of then No. 23-ranked Novak Djokovic in the first round of the US Open. He closed out 2006 by reaching the quarterfinals at the Louisville Challenger and said "I felt like I was playing better."

Young's father Donald Sr. and mother Illona, who first met as mixed doubles opponents, have been behind their son's career every step of the way. Illona, who was denied the chance to play tennis as a child because it was too expensive, attended college at Iowa Wesleyan. She is a certified teacher who home-schooled her son so he could travel to tournaments around the world. Donald, Sr. was the No. 1 player at Alabama State.

"My parents are my biggest inspiration and they always support me in the ups-and-downs and it never changes," Young says.

Young, who at age three was able to hold rallies, grew up on the courts while his parents taught tennis in Chicago. They now run the South Fulton Tennis Center in Atlanta, where he trains.

At age 10, Young was a ball boy for a senior tournament in Chicago where John McEnroe was playing. As it turned out McEnroe’s hitting partner was late and Young ended up hitting with the former World No. 1. “The sky is the limit,” McEnroe said to the New York Times after watching Young at the Roland Garros junior tournament in 2005. “He’s the first person I ever saw that had hands like me.”

Young’s early success was chronicled in several national publications such as Newsweek, who included the teenager in the magazine’s “2005 Who’s Next” list of up-and-comers, along with another rising African-American star, Barack Obama. ESPN the Magazine and Chicago Tribune Magazine also ran lengthy features on Young.

In January 2007, Young went into the U.S. Futures stop in Tampa ranked No. 491. He advanced to his first pro final and the following week he reached the quarterfinals in North Miami Beach. It was the beginning of a breakthrough season.

In April, he was selected as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against. Spain in Winston-Salem, N.C. He then advanced to his first Challenger quarterfinal in Valencia, Calif. and the following week he captured his first pro title at the U.S. Futures stop in Little Rock, Ark. The month concluded with a week-long practice session with Andy Roddick and his coach Jimmy Connors in Austin, Texas.

"It was a great experience talking with Andy, James (Blake) and the Bryans during Davis Cup," said Young. "They always tell you keep trying and work hard and they want the young guys to play well. James said 'stay focused and believe in what you do and keep doing it.' Andy invited me to his house (in Austin) after Little Rock. It was all business and a good experience. We worked on some drills and Andy gave me some helpful advice."

Blake said earlier this year during the U.S. Davis Cup quarterfinals, "I think he has the talent. I'd love to see him staying positive all the time out on the court. I think he gets down on himself, which I was definitely guilty of early in my career and probably still am. I am still human, I go back to it sometimes. I see a little bit of myself in that."

The week-long practice sessions seemed to pay dividends in Young's next tournaments as he turned in a quarterfinal in Tunica, Miss. and semifinal in Carson, Calif. In July, he collected his second Grand Slam junior title at Wimbledon and followed with his first Challenger title in Aptos, Calif. without dropping a set.

"I always play well at Wimbledon," says Young, who also reached the junior semifinals in 2005. "That was awesome and I thought I had a target on my back going in. I didn't know many of the players since it was my first (and only) junior tournament of the year. I was seeded number three and right after I won it, it sunk in and a lot of people expected me to win and there was a lot of pressure. It felt great. Anything less than a title and I wasn't satisfied."

Young's next breakthrough moment came in New Haven where he defeated countryman Amer Delic in three sets for his first ATP match win. In the second round he took No. 4 ranked Nikolay Davydenko to a hard-fought 7-5 in the third set match and came within two points of the victory. Young watched the match later that night on ESPN2 and he came away impressed with his performance.
"It was a big relief (to get that first win) and big step for me. I came out loose against Davydenko and I had nothing to lose," said Young, who was playing his first Top 10 opponent. "That match gave me a lot of confidence and I watched the match that night. I was shocking myself with some of the shots that I hit. It was also nice to hear the things Nikolay said afterwards."

Young then made his third appearance at the US Open a memorable one as he defeated big-serving Aussie Chris Guccione in four sets to win his first Grand Slam match. He received a walkover against No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet before falling in four sets to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the third round on a packed Louis Armstrong Stadium.

"I was psyched about the Open," said Young, who jumped from No. 223 to No. 170 afterwards, achieving his Top 200 goal before the season. "It was a big win for me against Guccione, a serve-and-volleyer and I would have liked to play Gasquet but to be in the third round against Lopez was pretty special. I was nervous and just happy to be out there playing well. It was pretty packed and I would look up and the crowd was cheering for me. It was awesome.

"My goal was to finish this year Top 200 and my dad said 'You're going to finish Top 100' and he said this at the beginning of the year. I was still thinking to move up and go to Top 150."

Young's strong post-US Open results (21-7 record) included four Challenger finals in seven tournaments, including three of the last four. During that stretch he played seven of nine weeks, reaching finals in Tulsa, Calabasas, Louisville and Champaign. He achieved his father, Donald, Sr.'s goal of finishing in the Top 100 and earning a direct acceptance into the Australian Open main draw. He was also named practice partner for the U.S.-Russia Davis Cup final.

"I felt good playing week-to-week and playing the same guys again," says Young, who was one of seven Americans to finish in the Top 100. "I didn't have any injuries or never got tired. I won a lot more free points on my serve and I hit my groundstrokes better. I was a lot more consistent off the ground. I was running down a lot of balls and felt quicker, faster on the court than in the past."

McEnroe's assessment: "His serve has gotten better and he's winning more points on it, his forehand is better and he could take the ball early and he has good court sense. He's been getting more consistency off the ground and he has tremendous speed and great feel for the ball and court."

Young will begin the 2008 campaign in Melbourne, his first visit Down Under since his memorable title run in the juniors three years ago at 15. He concluded the 2005 season as the world's top-ranked junior at the age of 16 years, 5 months, becoming the youngest player and first American since Andy Roddick in 2000 to finish No. 1 in juniors.

"He's earned his way into the Top 100 and he's won a lot of matches," said McEnroe. "Now when he gets into the Australian Open he's earned it and mentally that's the biggest thing for him along with his play in the past six months."

Young said: "I feel good about returning and even though the courts will be different (blue plexicushion), I have great memories there and go in with a lot of confidence. My last match I played was on Margaret Court and I wouldn't mind playing there again."

"I want to play well in Australia and keep moving up the rankings and not be content. I just want to get better and I feel like I will win matches. I know it takes some time and that's the ultimate goal. I would like to be Top 50 by the end of next year and that's my goal."

2moretogo
01-13-2008, 10:36 PM
Also, looks like Don is entered in Delray. Field includes, Del Potro, Isner, Querrey and defending champ Malisse.
http://www.bocaratonnews.com/news/sports/033-belray-itc-draw.php

2moretogo
01-14-2008, 02:39 PM
Awww Donald ended up losing to in 4 pretty tight sets. One thing I noticed is that Donald is still pretty emotional out there, like his mood changes from one point to the next. The serve also looked as if it had more umpf, but too many second serves.

I guess it must be back to the challengers for Donald?

SHB
01-15-2008, 03:57 AM
Awww Donald ended up losing to in 4 pretty tight sets. One thing I noticed is that Donald is still pretty emotional out there, like his mood changes from one point to the next. The serve also looked as if it had more umpf, but too many second serves.

I guess it must be back to the challengers for Donald?

He didn't enter the upcoming American Challengers. I'm guessing he'll just play the American hard court tournaments (taking wild cards when he needs them). If he racks up some wins in those, he'll probably be done with Challengers for good.

It was a respectable loss. I only saw the points that ESPN showed (not many), but it looked like he was a little tentative, especially on the backhand side. And his average serve speeds were lower than I expected considering how he was serving at the U.S. Open and New Haven.

There was a controversial call at 3-3 in the second set tiebreaker that was a turning point. It looked like Young hit a winner down the line, but it was called out, which prompted a strong emotional reaction from Young which seemed to carry over into the subsequent points. He'll get better at handling that kind of stuff.

Deboogle!.
01-15-2008, 04:10 AM
He didn't enter the upcoming American Challengers. I'm guessing he'll just play the American hard court tournaments (taking wild cards when he needs them). If he racks up some wins in those, he'll probably be done with Challengers for good.

It was a respectable loss. I only saw the points that ESPN showed (not many), but it looked like he was a little tentative, especially on the backhand side. And his average serve speeds were lower than I expected considering how he was serving at the U.S. Open and New Haven.

There was a controversial call at 3-3 in the second set tiebreaker that was a turning point. It looked like Young hit a winner down the line, but it was called out, which prompted a strong emotional reaction from Young which seemed to carry over into the subsequent points. He'll get better at handling that kind of stuff.I watched some of the match on ESPN360 and for me, his biggest problem was his attitude. He did almost what Lindsay Davenport does sometimes - completely berate himself when he makes errors, i mean swearing at himself after missing a ball, really completely berating himself. And I know he's young and still quite immature and inexperienced, but he's really gotta work hard on this or it will keep hindering him, which I do think it did in this match.

2moretogo
01-29-2008, 09:26 PM
Looks like Donald signed with Octagon. Anyone have any information as to what happened with IMG world? Did Donald leave? Contract end? IMG decide that he wasn't worth it? Thanks in advance.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/01/27/50.thoughts/2.html

Veronique
03-02-2008, 04:43 AM
Donald won a couple of rounds in Memphis, 1st against Warburg, then against Falla. He even had a MP against Bjorkman in the QF, but couldn't capitalize.

Veronique
03-08-2008, 11:39 AM
Donald is quietly climbing up the rankings. He's #85 this week after the success he had in Memphis last week.

Veronique
03-08-2008, 12:04 PM
I'm late catching up. So Donald has got a WC into Indian Wells. All 32 seeds are getting a 1st round bye, so hopefully he can manage to win a round before he has to face the big guns. Praying for a good draw:-)

Veronique
03-12-2008, 05:04 AM
So it's a qualifier in the 1st round of Indian Wells for Don.

2moretogo
03-14-2008, 03:38 PM
Don d. Reynolds which is good. Up next Lopez. I think this match should be really interesting. I thought that Donald could have beat Lopez at USO last year and I think the same thing now (even after Dubai).

Veronique
03-15-2008, 08:55 AM
I think this match should be really interesting. I thought that Donald could have beat Lopez at USO last year and I think the same thing now (even after Dubai).

Same here! It's a winnable match for him. I just hope he can keep a positive attitude even when the going gets tough.

2moretogo
03-15-2008, 05:23 PM
Same here! It's a winnable match for him. I just hope he can keep a positive attitude even when the going gets tough.

He's going to have too. :angel: It is just good to see him get his first masters win(?) under his belt now all he has to do is start working these draws. I would love to see him and Nadal play in the 3rd round, but that is looking too far ahead.:devil:

quadque
03-16-2008, 01:50 PM
He's going to have too. :angel: It is just good to see him get his first masters win(?) under his belt now all he has to do is start working these draws. I would love to see him and Nadal play in the 3rd round, but that is looking too far ahead.:devil:

I think Rafa is probably the more nervous of the two. he got pushed yesterday by a player the is not as good as Donald. Donald will have to play his best but I am sure the he can take Rafa on Monday. I think he grew up yesterday!! Way to go Donald. Much love from the Tennis in Motion Family!!!!!:worship:

Veronique
03-16-2008, 11:57 PM
Rafa is a fav of mine, but I wouldn't terribly mind the upset.;-)

2moretogo
03-17-2008, 12:03 AM
I think Rafa is probably the more nervous of the two. he got pushed yesterday by a player the is not as good as Donald. Donald will have to play his best but I am sure the he can take Rafa on Monday. I think he grew up yesterday!! Way to go Donald. Much love from the Tennis in Motion Family!!!!!:worship:

We shall see. Rafa is the number #2 player in the world and has consistently done what is necessary to get wins. But I agree that Rafa is going to the more nervous of the two, as he stands too lose alot in ranking points as well as ground on Federer. However, Rafa tends to step up during these types of matches (hometown favorites- up and comers) so we shall see.

I am more interested in seeing Young's composure. If this thing is close and he has his opportunities, how well/calm will he be able to stay.:shrug: He's still "young" and dealing with his emotions have been a bit of an achilles heel for him.

Either way, this will be an important match for him and great learning opportunity.

2moretogo
03-17-2008, 12:04 AM
Interview time:http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/players/interviews/2008/young315.asp

INTERVIEWS
March 15, 2008


D. YOUNG/F. Lopez

6-2, 6-7, 6-2

An interview with:

DONALD YOUNG


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations. Can you talk about that second set? You had a chance to serve it out.
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, it was obviously very windy, but definitely nerves played a big part. I know I was really nervous. Just got the ball back in play, went for a little too much, got nervous and missed some shots. That's what I think happened.

Q. What did you do to kind of keep your mindset straight for that third set?
DONALD YOUNG: Well, you know, I took a bathroom break and tried to refocus and think about the things that I did do well, because usually I would get really upset and just pretty much not be there mentally at all for the third set, and I didn't want that to happen again.
So I tried to, you know, go back into myself, and play good tennis.

Q. Could you talk about dealing with the conditions? You could really hear the flags flapping and people were hitting unusual shots, to say the least.
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, it was tough. I'm just happy to be the one with the W at the end of the day. I don't really know how balls were going in. You couldn't really hit your shot, you know, with the serve. You had to just spin it in most of the time. It was really weird.

Q. Was that anything like when you played on the Easter Bowl, because in the Easter Bowl it's really windy and there's nothing really to shield the wind?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, Palm Springs, this part of California is definitely windy, definitely like the Easter Bowl. I'm just a little better player.

Q. You've really paid your dues in the pro tour. When did things start turning around for you? What happened that started turning things around?
DONALD YOUNG: Well, '06 '05 wasn't that tough for me. I was still No. 1 in the juniors, I finished No. 1. '06 was toughest for me. I didn't win an ATP match.
I was struggling with the junior matches, people I used to beat all the time. Confidence was at an all time low. Didn't really want to play anymore.
Kind of just, you know, my parents kept telling me he I could do it. I didn't really believe them at the time, but they're my parents so you have to listen. But, yeah, and then I decided I was going to give like '07, you know, stop hanging out with the friends and going out. Just wanted to be home and hang out.
So I decided I was going to give like a full year trying really hard to go anywhere I needed to play and not worry about coming home and hanging out with the friends.
First tournament I played was a Futures. I made the final, and that gave me a lot of confidence. I had chances to win, and after that it was like quarterfinals every week. I won my first doubles tournament, and just kept going on from there.
And then this summer, last summer was awesome. I won my first challenger, and then I won a round at Pilot Pen. Then the US Open was obviously a big confidence booster. Did pretty well after that.

Q. You feel you had to sacrifice your social life perhaps to do this?
DONALD YOUNG: I did, definitely. I had to do that, yeah, it was tough. Girls, hanging out with the friends their last year before they went to college. It was definitely tough, but this is what I wanted to do as my profession, so I had to give it my full attention.

Q. What's the most fun part of the social scene in Atlanta?
DONALD YOUNG: Hanging out with the girls, I would say. (laughter.) Just hanging out, you know, having fun. Driving around, watching movies, you know. Pretty much regular stuff.

Q. Your friends understand sort of the decision you had to make to go forward?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, definitely. They like me at home, but then the reason you know, they all, like, they want to do what I do because of some of the things I've accomplished, so they were really pumped up.
Most of the time people want to hang out with you based on what you're doing. When you stop doing that they're not really hanging out with you as much, but hopefully have good enough friends where that's not the case.

Q. Did you call anyone home in Atlanta to see if anyone was affected by the tornado yesterday?
DONALD YOUNG: Oh, no, just the staff at my parents' club, you know, was just talking about a couple buildings downstairs, glass broke. But other than that, no.

Q. Everybody's okay? Nobody was injured or anything?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, no one I know was injured or they've told me of.

Q. What's the club?
DONALD YOUNG: South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park.

Q. Is it much more fun now because you figure you can play with these guys, you really believe you can?
DONALD YOUNG: Definitely winning matches is a lot better than losing them. I'm happy I'm starting to win matches. I'm trying to get my record back to even. It's a long way to go, but, you know, hopefully I'll get there.

Q. Looking back, what was it like when you were, what was it, 10 or how many rounds in a row you lost?
DONALD YOUNG: I think it was around 11.

Q. What were you thinking in those days?
DONALD YOUNG: Just when am I going to win one? That was pretty much it. When was I going to win one. Come on. Please. Guys I was beating, they were winning ones and I wasn't. It was really disappointing, but I figured out how to win one, and I did.

Q. Was the lowest point Miami? I remember we talked to you, and it was kind of heart wrenching there.
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, Miami hurt a lot. 0 0. I've never lost 0 0 in my life, and then I lost 0 0 at one of the biggest tournaments I played. That wasn't too confidence boosting at all. Actually shut it down pretty bad.
And then on TV I got talked about bad, you know. And then he loses 0 0 to Blake. It just looked really bad, so it hurt my feelings a lot.

Q. How did you put that in the rear view mirror? You mentioned your parents obviously having a big effect.
DONALD YOUNG: It pretty much messed up the rest of the year until I think November quarterfinal in my first challenger and won two matches in a row. That helped out a lot, because I beat Bobby Reynolds. He was a really good player. He was No. 9 in the world. That felt like a big step for me.

Q. You go up against a pretty good player next. You've never played Rafa. What are your thoughts? Pretty imposing?
DONALD YOUNG: I'm happy to be in round 32. I see him play a lot. He's obviously another lefty. He's 2 in the world for so long, so I'm just going to go out there and have fun and play the best I can and see what happens.

Q. What's it like playing another lefty?
DONALD YOUNG: It's different, you know. Well, growing up I played with lefties all the time, but lately I have not been playing with lefties very much. It's different. Different spin. They hit it the way you hit it. It's like playing myself, and I wouldn't want to play myself.

Q. If you were playing yourself, what would be your first tactic?
DONALD YOUNG: I don't think I could say that. I mean (laughter.) I don't know if I can first tactic? Just play straight up, I would say.

Q. You happy to play Lopez today, because he's a left hander?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, that was difficult. Like my forehand crosscourt is usually to a righty's backhand. It's to his forehand, his best shot, so that was something I had to work with, also.

Q. What kind of things did you learn when you played him at the US Open that you applied today?
DONALD YOUNG: He liked to go wide on a lot of the big points on his serve, and that was basically, you know, pretty much it. And he would come in every once in a while. He had a big serve, big forehand, but it was nothing that was too shocking for me today.

Q. But did you make any big adjustments from the US Open to today?
DONALD YOUNG: Tried not to get as down on myself when I would lose games or a lot of points in a row. Tried to cut that down a little bit.

Q. Querrey just won the tournament in Vegas. Does that say anything to you? Does that give you any thoughts of confidence? He's an American.
DONALD YOUNG: Definitely. I mean, young Americans winning tournaments, I'm excited, happy for him. Kei won Del Rey, you know, another guy I played juniors with. Definitely want them to do it. You just want to keep getting better.
Try to do one point, one day, one match at a time right now, and hopefully I will get to that point.

Q. What do you think you have to do against Nadal? What will be the fun part, or what will be the tactical part to have a shot?
DONALD YOUNG: Hopefully the spin is not jumping over my head. (laughter.) But he's really fast, gets a lot of balls back. I have to be just consistent and be aggressive. Just try to play my game.

Q. Did you see Tsonga play him at the Australian?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, I watched that. Everybody was up watching that thing.

Q. Do you think in a way all those losses somehow were good for you?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, it was definitely a learning experience. I wouldn't say 11 was good for me, but, you know, I did it. I think anybody that was anyone in the world juniors at the time would take the opportunities offered.
It wasn't like I was kind of asking for them. They were offered from some of the tournaments. I took them and took my lumps. Wasn't expecting to win, but definitely would say I learned a lot from the losses.

Q. What's the two biggest things you're going to have do to take another big leap? You've taken a nice leap now. What do you have to do?
DONALD YOUNG: Stay in the match probably mentally the whole time and not have these ups and downs and emotional highs and lows, because most of the top players have that, I know. You have to focus and play well day in and day out, not one good day, one bad day. That doesn't win tournaments.

Q. The ATP Tour is kind of a tough club to get into. It's sort of hard to feel that you belong. You got a lot of wildcards and people were talking. Do you feel now that you belong? Do you feel part of the tour?
DONALD YOUNG: Definitely I felt that after I won my first match. I was officially, you know, welcomed or whatever, because the guys, you know, I would get a message from Andy or James, congratulations on the match.
Definitely felt good, so when I won my first match I officially felt I was an ATP player.

Q. You weren't on the Davis Cup team, but you were on the squad working with them. How important was that to your advantage?
DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, I would say definitely. '07, that helped me a lot. It was April the first time against Spain. I think it was the quarterfinals they played Spain in Winston Salem. Patrick called me and invited me.
To be part of the team, they really welcomed me and had fun. Obviously they haze you a little, but it's all part of that. Once they do that they say you're part of the team, so it really made me feel like I was playing. I felt like it had a big part to do with it, also.
It helped my confidence hitting with the guys, that high of a level every day for a week.

Q. Do you wish you could have played the dead rubber up in Portland?
DONALD YOUNG: All those people watching? I mean, I guess so. If they would have asked me to I would have, but I didn't think I was going to be raising my hand.

Q. Hazing, did they make you sing or anything? What did you have to do?
DONALD YOUNG: Just, you have to say a couple words at the dinner that you have to kind of throw in there.

Q. What did you
DONALD YOUNG: I'm not saying the words.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports....



Some interesting tidbits in a very long interview. Lol @ hopefully the ball won't be over his head.

2moretogo
03-18-2008, 03:04 PM
Did anyone get to see the match? It looks that is wasn't very competitive from the scoreline, but on to Miami I guess!!!

Deboogle!.
03-18-2008, 10:41 PM
I didn't see the match but I was in his press conference. I was impressed at how he handled himself and he came across very thoughtful and well-spoken. I think he had the right atttitude about the match so hopefully it will prove to be a good learning experience for him. I took some pics, i'll post the link when i get them up

2moretogo
03-21-2008, 08:57 PM
I didn't see the match but I was in his press conference. I was impressed at how he handled himself and he came across very thoughtful and well-spoken. I think he had the right atttitude about the match so hopefully it will prove to be a good learning experience for him. I took some pics, i'll post the link when i get them up

Thanks Deb!!! I read the interview and he sounded pretty grounded. I hope Miami will prove that way and he won't end it like he did a couple of years ago. I know sometimes the interviews are incomplete, so did he say anything about his schedule? Will he be playing any of the European clay court season? For some reason I am really interested in seeing him play on the red dirt. But there I go getting ahead of myself again.:devil: Miami first!!!

Deboogle!.
03-21-2008, 08:58 PM
I don't recall them asking him about that. I'm sure he'll play some clay though. Maybe he won't get into the Masters events directly but it'd be a shame if he didn't try to qualify

You can see the pics from the link in my sig, I have pics of him from I think either Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday :lol: :o

2moretogo
03-24-2008, 09:17 PM
Yeah, looks like Young doesn't have any friends left over at IMG, and he wasn't awarded a wildcard for Miami. :o He's in the qualifying draw and plays Wesley Moodie today. So good luck to Don!!! Hopefully he can qualify for the main draw, but his draw looks tough.

Deboogle!.
03-24-2008, 09:27 PM
i think having to qualify for some of these events is an important part of the growth process for him. it makes him put the wins together and puts him in the situation of having to beat guys he should beat for the first time at the ATP level for him. He got too many WCs early on anyway. Time to earn his way to the big show now.

2moretogo
03-24-2008, 11:33 PM
i think having to qualify for some of these events is an important part of the growth process for him. it makes him put the wins together and puts him in the situation of having to beat guys he should beat for the first time at the ATP level for him. He got too many WCs early on anyway. Time to earn his way to the big show now.

I agree, and I don't have problem with who the wild cards were awarded to, Kei (won a Del Ray beach - though not American), Isner ranked higher than Donald, Guga :worship: (farewell tour and all), and I guess Jessie Levine is an IMG athlete and is deserving in that respect. So my comment was more like, there is no love left between IMG and Donald (trying to stir the pot with an observation is all).:p

I actually think Donald should be at the stage where is can come through qualifying draw and even moreso would be a great motivation for him. He would get so sick of qualifying that he'd work even harder to get into the top 50. :armed:

Anyhoo, looks like Don came through the first round of qualies against Woodie- 6-1; 0-0ret.

Oh and Deb thanks for the photos I looked at all of them and meant to post in the other thread about how great they were.

SHB
03-25-2008, 03:59 AM
Young is actually ranked 10 spots higher than Isner. I'm not sure that Isner has ever been ranked higher than Young (Maybe after reaching the final in D.C. last summer?).

The IMG people are probably a little bitter.

2moretogo
03-25-2008, 02:40 PM
Young is actually ranked 10 spots higher than Isner. I'm not sure that Isner has ever been ranked higher than Young (Maybe after reaching the final in D.C. last summer?).

The IMG people are probably a little bitter.

Whoa I didn't know that. Thanks SHB. Yeah, I mean you could say IMG had given plenty of wild cards to Young and never I guess saw a return on their investment. Anyhoo, Donald v. Reynolds is the 3rd match on Court 2 today. Good Luck Donald!!!

2moretogo
03-26-2008, 02:42 PM
Donald lost his match to Bobby Reynolds 3-6; 7-5.

Veronique
03-27-2008, 03:35 AM
I take it he didn't get in as a LL. Oh well!

2moretogo
03-27-2008, 03:27 PM
I take it he didn't get in as a LL. Oh well!

Nah, I think Garcia-Lopez got it and lost to Kiefer. You know what would be really helpful? A link to the events that Donald is scheduled to enter. I have to admit I don't know a lot about the challengers, so it would cool to see you know, where he is going to play next.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2008, 04:26 PM
He's entered into houston in a few weeks, it doesn't look like he's playing before then

2moretogo
03-27-2008, 06:48 PM
He's entered into houston in a few weeks, it doesn't look like he's playing before then

GREEN CLAY!!! :inlove: or actually isn't it red clay at River Oaks? :confused: Anyhoo, good stuff.
Thanks Deb!!!

Deboogle!.
03-27-2008, 06:50 PM
Houston's red clay. The only time it was green was last year, but even before then, it was red at that club. at Westside, they brought it in from France. At River Oaks, I believe it's some variety of super-slow American red clay

2moretogo
03-27-2008, 07:42 PM
Houston's red clay. The only time it was green was last year, but even before then, it was red at that club. at Westside, they brought it in from France. At River Oaks, I believe it's some variety of super-slow American red clay

Super slow red clay...:p Houston is still in America right? Texas didn't start its own country in the pass month? What will the American "ball bashers" when they actually have to play tennis (sarcasm) :p

Deb, how was IW btw?

Veronique
03-28-2008, 12:50 AM
Nah, I think Garcia-Lopez got it and lost to Kiefer. You know what would be really helpful? A link to the events that Donald is scheduled to enter. I have to admit I don't know a lot about the challengers, so it would cool to see you know, where he is going to play next.

I've been checking his family tennis site and even emailed them about it. No answer though:-( When the weather gets warmer, my boys (9&12) and I will visit the Tennis in Motion academy and hopefully speak to his dad.

Veronique
03-28-2008, 01:03 AM
At least he's crawling up the rankings (#77). He can conceivably make top 50 by the USO start qualifying automatically for some of these events outside GS.

Deboogle!.
03-28-2008, 01:09 AM
he already is getting into events outside the slams directly. his current ranking is more than high enough to get into a lot of ATP events.

Veronique
04-14-2008, 09:24 PM
Donald defeated Vicente 6-3 7-6(5) in Houston today Monday 4/14 to move to the 2nd round. That's a good win against a so-called dirtballer.

Veronique
04-17-2008, 02:38 AM
He falls to O. Hernandez 4-6 4-6

kai.
04-18-2008, 12:36 AM
Today =)

kai.
04-25-2008, 08:03 AM
;)

Nathaliia
04-25-2008, 03:45 PM
The Don versus Luczak, well, tennis will win :). GL on beating Cuevas in a tight match yesterday. I think winning so close matches is especially important to his future development.

Veronique
04-26-2008, 03:43 PM
Where is he playing?

Deboogle!.
04-26-2008, 03:44 PM
Bermuda challenger

Veronique
04-26-2008, 11:46 PM
Ah! Couldn't settle for Baton Rouge, eh?

Deboogle!.
04-27-2008, 12:45 AM
Baton Rouge is on HC, Bermuda is on clay and worth much more money and points.

anyway he lost in the QFs

tae04
05-02-2008, 05:06 PM
Where is Don playing next?

Deboogle!.
05-02-2008, 05:26 PM
He's on the ATP Poertschach list the week before Roland Garros, can't find him anywhere before then. Unfortunately he's not on the qualifying list for either Rome or Hamburg, would've been nice to see him try to qualify.

Chip_s_m
05-03-2008, 04:25 AM
I read somewhere (I think someplace on MTF) that DY was considering getting some clay practice at Tunica next week. He would need to take a wildcard, though. I'll see if I can find where I read that.

Deboogle!.
05-03-2008, 04:29 AM
ah ok thanks. I hope he does - it'd be smart!

Chip_s_m
05-03-2008, 04:34 AM
ah ok thanks. I hope he does - it'd be smart!

I read wrong...Bradenton not Tunica Resorts:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3373507

I think Tunica Resorts would make more sense so he could space out his schedule some more, but if he's training at IMG then Bradenton is probably a good idea. Hopefully he'll make a good run to get some confidence before heading to Europe.

Deboogle!.
05-03-2008, 04:39 AM
oh right I had forgotten about that thanks. I'm sure they'll give him the WB :lol: You're right, it'd be better to space them out but these guys make such weird scheduling decisions who knows :lol:

Chip_s_m
05-04-2008, 12:51 AM
Apparently he is playing in Tunica Resorts. He's the #1 seed and plays a qualifier in the first round, followed by the winner of Jenkins/Niland. His draw actually looks pretty good until the semis.

tae04
05-04-2008, 05:34 PM
Cool, yea I think Tunica was more smarter. Should take next week off before he heads to Poertschach. Hope he wins this week!

Veronique
05-11-2008, 08:26 PM
So how did things turn out in Tunica? Or shall I even ask?

Deboogle!.
05-11-2008, 09:06 PM
He lost in the 2nd round, surprisingly to Scoville Jenkins and I guess he decided not to play in Bradenton after all. Next stop Europe for him I guess.

2moretogo
05-28-2008, 04:38 PM
Well another first set lost in a grand slam. Wasn't able to see any of the match as it wasn't on a televised court, but from the scoreboard he looked as if he had his chances. Liked how he fought down a break in the third to get it to a breaker, which of course he lost. Unfortunately, it seems as if Robby's experience helped him here a bit as far as the conditions go. Anyhoo, still don't know what is up next for the Don, to me it looks as if he pretty much playing the American challenger circuit. Would be nice if he decided to stay in Europe a bit before Wimbledon.

2moretogo
06-02-2008, 07:29 PM
Anyone know why Robby G's least favorite player is Donald? I didn't know of bad blood between the two, but I hardly think Robby doesn't like Donald because of his game?

Kind of sad, they are both from Atlanta, and are both represented by the same agent. (I know that doesn't mean they should be attached at the hip, but I was expecting more from Robby).

Deboogle!.
06-02-2008, 07:35 PM
I'm sure he has his reasons, it's not for us to speculate and no I'm sure it's not because of his game :lol: They did just play earlier this tourney, maybe something happened. and it's pretty common knowledge that donald went through a phase where he was not that respectful of his older American peers, so who knows :shrug:

tae04
06-09-2008, 10:36 PM
Where is the Don?

2moretogo
07-08-2008, 12:38 PM
Just to update the thread, Donald is playing Newport, RI this week. He received a wildcard but is seeded 6th. He won his opening match against Woong-Sun Jun 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. His opponent next round is Alexander Peya. Tricky match for Donald, but at this point in his career, which match isn't?

2moretogo
08-06-2008, 05:23 AM
Wow, what can I say really... :bounce::bounce:Way to go Donald!!! He beat Haas 6-2, 6-4 first round of LA. Hopefully he can build off of this result.:dance:

SHB
08-06-2008, 05:43 AM
Stunning. He was downright terrible against Monfils last week. He hardly looked like a pro. Hell, his whole year has pretty much been a disaster outside of his win against Feliciano Lopez at Indian Wells.

I really hope he turns it around. I still think he has the potential to be a very good player. He needs cut down the unforced errors, learn to control his emotions, and get in the damn weight room. His serve seems weaker than it did last year at this time when it appeared that he was making big strides in that regard. He doesn't have to be all that powerful to be good (see Murray, Nieminen, Davydenko, etc.), but he needs a little more pop than he has now.

Alex.
08-06-2008, 12:16 PM
I wasn't expecting a win, let alone just losing 6 games. Wow Donald. :banana:

2moretogo
08-06-2008, 12:54 PM
Stunning. He was downright terrible against Monfils last week. He hardly looked like a pro. Hell, his whole year has pretty much been a disaster outside of his win against Feliciano Lopez at Indian Wells.

I really hope he turns it around. I still think he has the potential to be a very good player. He needs cut down the unforced errors, learn to control his emotions, and get in the damn weight room. His serve seems weaker than it did last year at this time when it appeared that he was making big strides in that regard. He doesn't have to be all that powerful to be good (see Murray, Nieminen, Davydenko, etc.), but he needs a little more pop than he has now.

Yeah, he really stunk up the court @ Cincy against an visibly injured Monfils. It was the first time I felt that his confidence was like gone and he look uninterested. Don's problem is learning to be patient with the week in week out grind of the tour. You feel like he's so pissy out there at times he really needs to find balance. Fortunately he's got time. I still believe that if he can get over this hump he could not only be a good player but a great one. His learning curve has been so writ w/ pressure.

SHB
08-26-2008, 06:23 AM
Wow, what a match against Blake. The first and third sets were much like the Monfils match (i.e. horrendous), but he played some great tennis in the second, fourth, and portions of the fifth set. I really thought he might pull it out as the pressure on Blake began to mount, but Blake played strong tennis at the end.

I don't care what anyone says, Young displayed top-10 talent tonight. He is quite a player when he is at his best. His hands, as McEnroe frequently mentions, really are outstanding. His speed is in the upper echelon. He can trouble opponents with heavy spin and he can flatten the ball out for a winner. His lefty serve, when it's on, can be difficult to handle, and he showed tonight that he's capable of hitting in the upper 120s on a fast surface. He can be very, very good, and should be in the top 50 right now.

I'm struggling to understand why he so rarely plays this well. Even in this match his great play was interspersed with awful play. I find it incredibly frustrating.

My best guess is that he lacks confidence and focus. He is a completely different player when he's confident. McEnroe talked about the need for him to receive coaching from people other than his parents, which he only occasionally receives now. He also thinks he needs to train against better competition and questioned whether he's as fit as he needs to be. In addition, several times in the match he pointed out lazy footwork by Young, which I've noticed as well. Poor footwork seems to be lead to many of his unforced errors. Good coaching should take care of that.

Young's performance tonight renews my belief that he can be a top player, but it has also renewed my frustration about his results. He's short-changing himself.

Deboogle!.
08-26-2008, 06:30 AM
he needs a good coach. He definitely demonstrated he has lots of raw talent, but unless and until he matures enough to take control over his own career and do what needs to be done, it's hard to see him advancing past where he is now, hovering between 75-150, with decent wins combined with horrible losses and inconsistent play.

Sexysova
08-26-2008, 11:38 AM
US Open R1 - James Blake def. Donald Young 6-1 3-6 6-1 4-6 6-4

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/B676_AS.jpghttp://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/headshots/main/Y124_AS.jpg

MATCH: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=4429&p=7380#p7380

LAST GAME: http://forum.vaidisova-nicole.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4427&p=7341#p7341

tae04
09-17-2008, 11:14 PM
So is Don playing the challengers this fall. He needs to defend more points or he'll keep dropping down the rankings.

Deboogle!.
09-18-2008, 10:16 PM
He's playing the ATP tourney in Thailand next week - he got in off the ALT list

2moretogo
09-24-2008, 03:19 PM
Don just lost the first set against Melzer... Let's see if he can regroup. Anyways, it is good that he is traveling and hopefully he will try to go to Europe before coming back to the US.

2moretogo
01-05-2009, 03:17 PM
does anyone know where/if Donald is playing prior to AO? Thanks.

SHB
01-07-2009, 04:09 AM
does anyone know where/if Donald is playing prior to AO? Thanks.

I don't think he is, which I find odd. It seems like a waste of two weeks on his best surface. He certainly can't be tired coming off of a lengthy break.

SHB
01-11-2009, 12:21 AM
Apparently Young has withdrawn from the AO. A bizarre decision if an injury isn't the reason.

He is entered in the Carson Challenger, which starts Jan. 26. If this is a matter of not wanting to go through qualifying, I have to question his judgment.

Deboogle!.
01-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Very strange and curious indeed.

SHB
02-08-2009, 04:55 AM
Young is scuffling in a big way this year. First he lost to Isner in the Australian Open wild card playoff. (Technically that was in December, but it's close enough.) Then he was routed by Spadea in the third round of the Carson Challenger. Then he was beaten pretty decisively by Michael Russell in the first round of the Dallas Challenger. And tonight he was routed by 365th ranked Michael Ryderstedt in the second round of qualifying in San Jose. Heck, in the first round he dropped four games to a 16-year-old American junior who probably doesn't even rank among the top 10 players in his birth year. He couldn't be playing much worse, it would seem. I watched his first set against Russell, and after taking a one break lead midway through the set, he donated the next game and subsequently imploded. He played tentative and sloppy tennis. It wasn't the same guy I saw against Blake and on a few other occasions.

With his mental fragility, things could go downhill fast. I really hope that he starts regularly working with a coach other than his parents, preferably one that can help him with his psyche as well. Otherwise his ranking will probably plummet. I have long been optimistic about Young, but I'm starting to reassess.

Deboogle!.
02-08-2009, 05:05 AM
Add all that to some really bad press he's gotten and the fact that an unknown 24 year old german was given a san jose wildcard instead of him, and it seems even some of the US tourneys are losing faith in him. plus he didn't even try to qualify for the AO, which doesn't exactly make his effort level look too good.

SHB
02-08-2009, 05:13 AM
Add all that to some really bad press he's gotten and the fact that an unknown 24 year old german was given a san jose wildcard instead of him, and it seems even some of the US tourneys are losing faith in him.

Apparently I've missed the bad press. Is it related to him neglecting to stand during the national anthem following his loss to Russell? That incident just shows his emotional immaturity, which is his biggest liability. I'm sure he didn't mean to be disrepsectful, but it was improper nonetheless.

Giving a main draw wild card to a low ranked German is extremely odd. I'm sure Young isn't the only guy shaking his head over that.

Deboogle!.
02-08-2009, 05:28 AM
I read an article somewhere else, I forget where though :scratch: It's funny, because I sat in on his press conference last year at Indian Wells after Rafa kicked his butt, and I was impressed by his poise and eloquence, but he clearly hasn't grown up at all.

I agree, I looked at the qualie draw and saw several Americans that could've used it. I guess this guy is a college player, but still.... very strange. I'm sure there's a reason for it.

SHB
02-08-2009, 05:39 AM
I read an article somewhere else, I forget where though :scratch: It's funny, because I sat in on his press conference last year at Indian Wells after Rafa kicked his butt, and I was impressed by his poise and eloquence, but he clearly hasn't grown up at all.

I agree, I looked at the qualie draw and saw several Americans that could've used it. I guess this guy is a college player, but still.... very strange. I'm sure there's a reason for it.

I'm sure the three Baylor tennis fans in San Jose will be thrilled.

On Young, he actually has struck me as a nice kid in several interviews. I just don't think he handles his emotions well when faced with adversity. It seems that he was overcome by anger, frustration, and perhaps self pity. That doesn't excuse it and I think he deserved some criticism, but I wouldn't go overboard in impugning his character.

Deboogle!.
02-08-2009, 05:41 AM
I'm sure the three Baylor tennis fans in San Jose will be thrilled. :haha: :rolls:

On Young, he actually has struck me as a nice kid in several interviews. I just don't think he handles his emotions well when faced with adversity. It seems that he was overcome by anger, frustration, and perhaps self pity. That doesn't excuse it and I think he deserved some criticism, but I wouldn't go overboard in impugning his character.Yeah, probably. But if any of this is true and the WCs stop coming his way, he'll find it a lot harder to maintain his ranking if he keeps falling so meekly in qualifying. He's obviously talented, so hopefully he can get his act together quickly and take control of his life and career before it's too late.

SHB
02-08-2009, 05:55 AM
Yeah, probably. But if any of this is true and the WCs stop coming his way, he'll find it a lot harder to maintain his ranking if he keeps falling so meekly in qualifying. He's obviously talented, so hopefully he can get his act together quickly and take control of his life and career before it's too late.

That's what I fear. Things could snowball fast. I remember hearing that he contemplated quitting tennis a couple years ago when he was struggling on the pro circuit. Might he do that again if he keeps piling up losses? Losses like the one he suffered tonight can place a huge strain on the confidence of a player. If you're not resilient, things can fall apart. I really believe that he could use a good coach. I'm sure his parents were great coaches for him when he was young, but it's time to move on. He flashes impressive talent at times, but that's the problem - they're just flashes. Can he put it together or will he go down in history as another example of a high profile junior flaming out? This year may be a crossroads for him.

SHB
03-01-2009, 10:55 PM
Strangely enough, Young is playing Futures qualies in McAllen, Texas, this week. It actually might be a good idea. He needs to get out of the losing mode that he's in, and getting a few easy wins might be a way for him to build confidence.

He got a bye in the first round and beat Harry Fowler 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. It should have been easier than that, but I think he'll take any win he can get right now.

Ozone
03-03-2009, 02:48 AM
Random question for Deboogle. Who is that in your avatar?:)

10K Futures Qualifier
03-03-2009, 02:55 AM
Random question for Deboogle. Who is that in your avatar?:)

Roddick and Dwight ;)

Deboogle!.
03-03-2009, 02:58 AM
Yeah, Rainn Wilson from the Office:)

rice
03-03-2009, 05:29 PM
Strangely enough, Young is playing Futures qualies in McAllen, Texas, this week. It actually might be a good idea. He needs to get out of the losing mode that he's in, and getting a few easy wins might be a way for him to build confidence.

He got a bye in the first round and beat Harry Fowler 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. It should have been easier than that, but I think he'll take any win he can get right now.

Saw the match and it was 4 all before Donald broke Fowler at ad and Fowler did not convert a break to bring it 5-5. Also Fowler had a chance to go up 0-3 in the first set. Fowler's court behavior has really matured and he was competitive with Young. I beieve he is still 16. But from what I saw in McALlen Young needs to develop more weapons, particulary his first serve and he needs to do more with returning a second serve. Fowler missed a lot of first servces in the first set and Young did not attack his second serve at all.

SHB
03-06-2009, 12:15 AM
464th ranked Tigran Martirosyan def. Young 6-2, 7-6(4) in the second round of the McAllen Futures. Wow.

I don't even want to think about what Young's year-end ranking might be.

chowdahead25
03-06-2009, 02:23 AM
Barf.
Maybe he has mono or something.
lol

Rob_C
03-24-2009, 11:15 PM
Apparently Young has withdrawn from the AO. A bizarre decision if an injury isn't the reason.

He is entered in the Carson Challenger, which starts Jan. 26. If this is a matter of not wanting to go through qualifying, I have to question his judgment.

This is way late, but I'm pretty sure he got hurt at the end of last year which is why he pulled out of the last Challnger or two last fall. I'm gonna say he has a re-occurrence of that injury which is why he pulled out of the Aussie and Chennai qualies this year.

iSzavay.
03-25-2009, 01:49 AM
Come on Don, get it together :help:

tae04
04-21-2009, 04:36 PM
Hope Don can do well this week's challenger

iSzavay.
04-23-2009, 12:26 AM
He beat a qualifier, Andis Juska who I've never heard of (:o) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 :unsure:

Anyway a win is a win and it was about time, so good job Don. He will play 6th seeded Japanese player Go Soeda now :bounce: Good luck :cool:

iSzavay.
04-24-2009, 12:32 AM
:eek::eek::eek: Don beat Soeda 6-2, 6-3 and then Kyu Tae Im, who was a special entry so he must be playing well 6-4, 4-3 retired due to a hamstring problem. Great work Don :banana: he is in the semis now :bounce:. He will now play second-seeded American Robert Kendrick, so good luck Don :bounce:

Raq-Attack
04-25-2009, 04:02 AM
Wow "THE DON" has just beaten Kendrick 2-6/7-5/6-3 and has reached the final against Isner :eek: , he's been an absolute mess all year but suddenly that old 'Donald magic' has shown up once again :bounce: , the last time i saw Kendrick he gave Tsonga a good fight at Indian Wells and Kendrick had beaten Donald soundly in their last two meetings even though Donald got the better of him before then but it seems like something has clicked with Young Donald again, has he finally done the right thing and dumped his parents? :devil: , firstly i can't believe he came from a set down and secondly it's a shock to see he held his nerve towards the end of the vital second set, well done son :worship:, it's hard to believe he's still only 19 years old and people have totally written him off already (even i have at times) but hopefully he'll gain some good confidence from this and take the final.

iSzavay.
04-25-2009, 06:32 AM
That is so cool :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

After that really close win in the first round against Juska I figured it was just a pathetic win and he would bomb out in the next round, but I also thought he might gain confidence from pulling through and finally winning a match, I guess that was right :banana:

Is he playing next week?

iSzavay.
04-25-2009, 05:16 PM
I wonder if there are any pictures from the tournament?

iSzavay.
04-25-2009, 10:42 PM
Damn he lost 7-5, 6-4 :hug:

But good week, and he hopefully he does well again at his next tournament :D

iSzavay.
04-26-2009, 10:46 PM
I don't think Don is playing next week :unsure:

iSzavay.
04-29-2009, 05:54 AM
Hopefully Don can do well in the French Open wildcard playoff. The field is him, John Isner, Scoville Jenkins, Evan King, Jesse Levine, Michael McClune, Nathan Pasha, and Rhyne Williams. Good luck :D.

iSzavay.
04-30-2009, 12:39 AM
Don beat Rhyne Williams 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the first round of the French Open wildcard playoff :D. He will now play second-seeded Jesse Levine :bounce:.

iSzavay.
04-30-2009, 04:56 AM
He lost to Levine 6-1, 6-3 :help:. Looks like his form isn't quite back yet :rolleyes:. Good luck at whatever is next :o.

Ivanatis
04-30-2009, 09:31 PM
He lost to Levine 6-1, 6-3 :help:. Looks like his form isn't quite back yet :rolleyes:. Good luck at whatever is next :o.

faithful supporter :hug:

iSzavay.
05-01-2009, 03:28 AM
Thanks :). He's my favorite ATP, looks like not too many other peoples though.... I tried to goodrep you, but I don't rep often enough here so I can't cause I did before I guess :(. Thanks for being so nice to me though :D.

iSzavay.
05-03-2009, 04:37 PM
:bounce::bounce::bounce: John is playing the 50K Savannah challenger next week. He is the fifth seed and he will play against Jonathan Dasnieresde Veige (I think that's right) in the first round. Good luck :rocker2:!!!

iSzavay.
05-06-2009, 03:59 AM
:sobbing::sobbing::help: He lost 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. I thought he was back :bigcry:.

iSzavay.
05-10-2009, 05:22 PM
Bah he also lost in the doubles first round. He is the third seed in the Sarasota challenger and will play wildcard Jesse Levine in the first round. Come on Don :rocker2:!!!!

iSzavay.
05-12-2009, 10:59 AM
My bad he was playing Jesse Witten :p. He won 7-5, 7-6 (2) though :bounce:;) Michael Yani is up next :armed:.

iSzavay.
05-14-2009, 04:06 AM
:tape: he lost to Yani 6-4, 6-4. He is officially slumping again :help:.

iSzavay.
05-21-2009, 12:29 AM
For some [dumb] reason Don didn't play Roland Garros :o.

honey827
05-23-2009, 11:13 PM
Too bad Donald isn't playing in France. I have never seen a more frustrating player. He has the talent but you wonder if he has the will to put things together to get his career where it should be before it is too late. I would love to see him fulfill his potential. It is a make or break time imo. I hope he shows signs that he is serious about getting to the big leagues with a new plan for physical fitness, improving some areas of weakness in his game like his serve becoming a consistent weapon, mental attitude, improving his return game and really just an overall plan where he can get cheap points off opponents.
If not he is just going to be spinning his wheels as someone said in the 75-100 range.

10K Futures Qualifier
05-23-2009, 11:32 PM
LA TENNIS OPEN CHALLENGER CARSON, CALIFORNIA

Donald will play here next at the $50,000 Event (Main Draw).

Deboogle!.
05-23-2009, 11:56 PM
I don't think grand slam tennis is appropriate for Young right now anyway. he's struggling badly and doing well at a Challenger will do a lot more for his confidence than losing in qualies of RG or something...

iSzavay.
05-24-2009, 09:06 PM
I don't think grand slam tennis is appropriate for Young right now anyway. he's struggling badly and doing well at a Challenger will do a lot more for his confidence than losing in qualies of RG or something...
Qualies doesn't hurt IMO.

He is the fourth seed in Carson and is going to play Nick Lindahl of Australia in the first round.

Deboogle!.
05-24-2009, 09:26 PM
If it were a different slam, he probably would've, but the upside probably wasn't as big as staying in the US and hopefully doing well at a couple CH events. I think for him it makes sense. He's obviously having a confidence crisis right now

iSzavay.
05-27-2009, 11:28 PM
:rolleyes: lost to Lindahl 6-4, 6-1 :tape:.

iSzavay.
06-04-2009, 01:26 AM
:woohoo::woohoo::banana::sobbing: Don finally won a match :bowdown: he beat Junr Mitshuhashi 7-6 (4), 6-1! He will play Lester Cook now, good luck :banana:.

Baghdatis#1
06-04-2009, 04:29 AM
:)

iSzavay.
06-05-2009, 12:50 AM
He lost to Lester Cook 6-4, 6-3. This is just.... I don't even know :sobbing:.

Deboogle!.
06-05-2009, 01:18 AM
:help: HE NEEDS A REAL COACH :o

iSzavay.
06-06-2009, 03:18 PM
He needs something different :smash:.

iSzavay.
06-30-2009, 12:27 AM
Don is playing a 50K this week in Winnetka, Illinois :o He is the fourth seed, his first opponent is American wildcard Phillip Simmonds. He should win, but I doubt it.

He is also playing doubles with Nicholas Monroe, but they play Frederic Niemeyer and Kristian Pless in the first round, which is a good team, so I bet they'll lose :o.

Baghdatis#1
06-30-2009, 02:02 AM
Go Donald!

iSzavay.
07-02-2009, 01:39 AM
:banana::woohoo: he won his singles match 6-3, 6-3 :bolt: and his doubles 6-4, 6-3 :worship: nice job!!!

In singles his next opponent is Kiwi G.D. Jones who qualified, and in doubles they will play top seeds Carsten Ball and Travis Rettenmaier. As I said before, he should win singles, but you never know with him lately :rolleyes: and the doubles opponents are very good so I bet they lose :(.

iSzavay.
07-03-2009, 03:37 AM
Okay well in the doubles they lost to Ball and Rettenmaier 6-4, 6-1 :(.

In singles he beat G.D. Jones 6-3, 6-3 :banana::rocker2::woohoo: so he is in the quarterfinals :yeah: Next up is Tim Smyczek, a qualifier. Don really should win this, but we'll see :o.

Feketepuss
07-04-2009, 08:09 AM
I can't believe it, Donald Young lost to Smyczek. He really is in the dumps. Time flies: I actually looked at the Junior Wimbledon event to see if he'd entered this year before discovering he'll be twenty this month. I thought he was younger.

What next?

(és hajrá Ágikánk!)

iSzavay.
07-08-2009, 12:00 AM
I cannot believe he lost to Smyczek. Pathetic. Pathetic pathetic pathetic.

iSzavay.
07-13-2009, 03:25 AM
He's playing a 75K in Aptos, Cali this week :rolleyes: he's eighth seed, plays Andrea Stoppini in the first round.

iSzavay.
07-14-2009, 04:50 AM
He's playing doubles with Scoville Jenkins against Kondo and Sugita.

chowdahead25
07-16-2009, 01:57 AM
He lost 6-4 6-4 to Stoppini.

iSzavay.
07-16-2009, 05:23 AM
Don :tape::smash: it's really getting sad (not that it wasn't already, but still...) maybe doubles :unsure:.

iSzavay.
07-18-2009, 04:29 AM
They won the dubs first round but lost the second :o:tape:.

iSzavay.
07-27-2009, 03:27 AM
Surprise surprise Don lost to Guccione in the LA wildcard playoff :rolleyes: I think his slump is even worse than Ági's was.

Feketepuss
07-27-2009, 09:16 PM
Donald Young then entered the qualifying draw as number 4 seed, won two matches but has just lost 6-3, 6-0 to C Ball. Donald seems to lose a lot of sets 6-0, as though he's given up. Which if he's number 4 seed, is a puzzling attitude.

SHB
07-28-2009, 03:24 AM
How far he's fallen. I don't even think he'd win Kalamazoo this year, which is a pretty sad statement considering that he won it twice years ago.

kai.
07-28-2009, 07:25 AM
From Today's Match :)

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6981.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6979.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/kai_tek/IMG_6980.jpg

Feketepuss
07-28-2009, 08:42 PM
It is rather sad to see him falling to pieces like this. But it is interesting to look at this little documentary feature about Young which is on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szM-gXfuKAA&feature=PlayList&p=7555A82C9FD85164&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=15)

Even then as 15 year old, his self destructive temperament was a problem and it seems he was unable or unwilling to tackle this.

Feketepuss
08-01-2009, 10:26 PM
A bit surprised by this, but Donald Young was given a wild entry into the main draw at Washington, where he is drawn against Lleyton Hewitt. Fortunate to get the wild card, I think, but hope he acquits himself better than in recent matches

iSzavay.
08-03-2009, 02:18 AM
Hmm there's just about no way he will beat Lleyton, it's more about how well he plays. Hopefully a good showing, he could get a set if it's a good day.

iSzavay.
08-04-2009, 05:55 AM
Hmmm he lost 7-5, 6-2 :sad:.

Still, a lot better than I expected maybe he gained some confidence for his next tournament.

iSzavay.
08-16-2009, 04:13 AM
Oh my god :smash: Don lost to Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the first round of Cincy qualies. He had loads of set points at 6-5 in the second and a huge lead in the tiebreak :o.

His match against Hewitt was encouraging, then this shit :mad: at least it makes me think the slump is more confidence than level of play right now...

Deboogle!.
08-16-2009, 04:26 AM
Wasn't he also up serving at 5*-1 or maybe it was 5*-2 in the second set and lost a bunch of games in a row?

SHB
08-16-2009, 05:27 AM
It was 5-1. He pulled a Federer.

iSzavay.
08-26-2009, 10:15 PM
Finally a win :speakles:!!!

Don beat Marco Crugnola today in the first round of US Open qualies 7-6 (2), 6-4 :) he wasted a few match points on Crugnola's serve at 5-3, but it's good to see he served it out in the next game ;) up next is Guillermo Olaso. A very winnable match :p but you never know with him lately :o.

Baghdatis#1
08-28-2009, 10:35 PM
I was at his QR2 match last night against Olaso;)
I was there from 0-0 in the second set to 5-1 in the second set, and Donald was doing really good:D
Also, Court 11 (one of the biggest outer courts) was jam packed!

Baghdatis#1
08-28-2009, 10:38 PM
Now Donald plays Rosol in QR3 :bounce:

iSzavay.
08-29-2009, 04:32 AM
Don can beat Rosol I think :) although you never know with him :o:tape: oh please win Don!!!

coasterman9
08-29-2009, 04:34 AM
Will he be in if he wins tomorrow?

Baghdatis#1
08-29-2009, 09:48 PM
^Yes. :D

coasterman9
08-29-2009, 10:51 PM
He just won 6-3, 6-4!!!

SHB
08-29-2009, 10:59 PM
Young plays his best tennis at the U.S. Open.

coasterman9
08-29-2009, 11:06 PM
Do we know who Young will play? If not when will this be announced?

Deboogle!.
08-29-2009, 11:23 PM
I imagine the qualifiers would be placed later today, since some of them already have to play on Monday

Baghdatis#1
08-30-2009, 12:20 AM
:woohoo:

coasterman9
08-30-2009, 12:32 AM
tough draw...he got paired with Tommy Robredo

Ozone
08-30-2009, 12:51 AM
Congrats to the Don. Finally some great wins and a nice result

iSzavay.
08-30-2009, 07:59 AM
:worship::woohoo: Awesome Don :aparty: he plays Robredo on Monday, hopefully he can just go for it and you never know what will happen with him as I always say...

Does anyone have and pictures from qualifying? I would use one as an avy probably.

Baghdatis#1
08-31-2009, 02:38 AM
I do and I will post them in a matter of days, but they're blurry :sad:

T4L
08-31-2009, 03:32 PM
tommy robredo has not been having good results on the hard court this year so I thuink donald Young has a shot