Donald Young (tennis)
Young at the 2009 US Open
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
July 23, 1989 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 38 (27 February 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 79 (26 September 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||4R (2011, 2015)|
|Highest ranking||No. 100 (28 September 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 169 (29 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2015, 2016)|
|French Open||2R (2015)|
|US Open||3R (2015)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||SF (2014)|
|Last updated on: 31 August 2016.|
Donald Oliver Young Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American professional tennis player.
Young has a career-high ATP ranking of world no. 38. Young reached the fourth round of the 2011 US Open, which marked his first appearance in the fourth round of a major. Young also reached the fourth round of the 2015 US Open.
- 1 Career
- 2 Equipment
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Challenger singles titles (8)
- 5 Challenger doubles titles (2)
- 6 Early life
- 7 Singles performance timeline
- 8 Doubles performance timeline
- 9 Wins over top 10 players
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Junior and early career
In 2001 he came in second to Jesse Levine in the U.S. Clay Court 14 Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was up 5-love in the third set of the final. Young had lost the first set, won the second, and was winning 5–0 and serving for the match at 40–15. Levine scored 23 consecutive points to defeat Young 7–5.
In 2003, Young won the Orange Bowl 16-under title (defeating Thron), becoming the first American to win that age division title since Jim Courier in 1986.
He turned professional in 2004; he played ATP Tour, Futures and Challenger events. Due to the slow start, his handlers were often criticized for pushing him too fast during the early stages. In 2004, Young reached the Orange Bowl 18-under final (l. to Neilly). He won the Easter Bowl 14s and 18s titles in 2003 and 2004 and was named as Davis Cup practice partner for the quarterfinal tie against Spain in 2007.
Young was, in 2005, ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world. Young was the youngest male to win a Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open Junior Championships in 2005. Young also won the U.S. Open Junior Doubles Championship with Alex Clayton.
In 2005, he became the youngest year-end World No. 1 in junior rankings ever at 16 years, 5 months (one month younger than Richard Gasquet in 2002). Young won the Australian Open junior title at age 15 to become youngest-ever and first African-American man to be ranked No. 1 in the world. He was also the first American to win the Australian junior title and finish No. 1 since Andy Roddick in 2000. He advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon and quarterfinals at the US Open in 2005. In doubles, Young won the junior US Open title (with Clayton) and reached the final at the Australian Open (with Thiemo De Bakker). In 2007, he won the Wimbledon junior title and was the first American to win since Scott Humphries in 1994. As No. 1, Young won the Kalamazoo U.S. Junior Championships in 2006, after Jesse Levine forfeited in the finals due to food poisoning.
In January 2007, he reached the finals of a Futures tournament on the ITF Men's Circuit, as well as winning a Futures title in April. In July 2007, Young won the Junior Wimbledon title, beating top seed Vladimir Ignatic in the final. No American won the championship again until Noah Rubin in 2014. Shortly thereafter, Young won a Challenger tournament, and his ranking rose sharply to no. 221.
His rank rose sharply, from no. 92 to no. 7 on the Junior ITF circuit (as of July 13, 2007) after he won the Junior Wimbledon Championships. He opted to play only some of the Grand Slam tournaments in 2007 and concentrate on playing professional tournaments. On August 19, 2007, Young won his first ATP Tour level singles match. In the first round of New Haven, he beat fellow American Amer Delic in three sets. In the following round, he lost a tight three-setter to Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Young then received a wild card into the main US Open draw. On August 27, 2007, Young defeated Australian Chris Guccione in the first round. This was his first career victory in a Grand Slam match. On August 30, Young won his second-round match by default. It was against heavily favored opponent Richard Gasquet of France, who had fallen ill during the tournament and officially withdrew after morning practice. Young fell in the third round to unseeded Feliciano López of Spain in four sets.
Young carried the momentum into the fall, making it to the finals of four Challenger tournaments and posting an overall fall record of 21–7 on the Challenger circuit. This was enough to hoist him into the top 100 on the ATP rankings. He lost in the finals of the JSM Challenger in Champaign, Illinois, at the University of Illinois to Jesse Levine. His talents were recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals in December 2007, as for Young was one of 11 honored in the 2007 Century Club
In the Australian Open, Young lost in the first round to Michael Berrer in four sets. There were much higher hopes for Young as he made it to the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament in Memphis. Young defeated Sam Warburg and Alejandro Falla in the first and second rounds, respectively, before losing in a tough three-set match to Jonas Björkman. At Indian Wells, Young made it to the third round. He defeated Bobby Reynolds in the first round. Then in the second round, he took out 32nd seed, Feliciano López in three sets. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the third round. He lost in the first round of the French Open, then lost a close four-set match in the first round at Wimbledon against Jesse Levine. At the Canadian Open, Young won two preliminary matches to qualify for the tournament, before dropping his first-round match to Gilles Simon. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, he defeated former world no. 2 Tommy Haas (ranked no. 40 at the time). In the first round of the US Open, Young lost to James Blake in a five-set thriller. He came back from down a break to win the fourth set. Although the final set was tied 4–4, with the help of two key calls overturned on challenges in the last two games, Blake won. Young won the Sacramento Challenger tournament on October 13, 2008.
Young lost to Alejandro Falla in qualifying for Wimbledon. Young received a wildcard into 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. He played against Lleyton Hewitt who won the match. In the qualifying competition for the 2009 US Open, he won his first match against Marco Crugnola. In the second, he beat Guillermo Olaso, and he won his third-round match against Lukáš Rosol to qualify. In the first round of the main draw, he was beaten by Tommy Robredo. He failed to qualify for the Thailand Open. However, he received a Lucky Loser spot and had a first-round bye. He lost in the second round to Andreas Beck. Young failed to qualify for the China Open. Young lost to Ilija Bozoljac in the first round of the Tiburon (CA) Challenger on October 12.
Young played Louk Sorensen in the first round of the Calabasas Challenger and won. He then defeated Taylor Dent and won his third-round match against Luka Gregorc. He then defeated Michael Yani and Michael Russell to win the Calabasas Challenger. Young won his first three matches at the Charlottesville (VA) Challenger against Vincent Spadea, Kevin Anderson, and Dominic Inglot. Young lost to Kevin Kim in the semifinals. Young defeated Jesse Levine in the first round of the Knoxville (TN) Challenger and Alex Kuznetsov in the second round. Young lost to Grega Žemlja in the quarterfinals.
Young defeated Christophe Rochus in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open and was defeated in the second by Lleyton Hewitt. Young defeated Tim Smyczek in the first round of the Honolulu Challenger. Young then defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Robert Kendrick. He lost to Michael Russell in the semifinals as he retired. Young failed to qualify in Memphis, Delray Beach, Indian Wells, and Miami.
Young received a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Men's Clay Championship, but lost to Kevin Anderson in the first round. Young received a wild card into the Baton Rouge Challenger and defeated Tatsuma Ito in the first roundm but lost to Go Soeda in the second round. Young lost to Carsten Ball in the first round of the Tallahassee Challenger. Young defeated Greg Ouellette in the 1st Round of the Savannah Challenger. Young then defeated Ryler DeHeart and Cătălin Gârd. He lost to Ryan Sweeting in the semifinals. Young lost to Joseph Sirianni in the first round of the Sarasota Challenger. Young defeated Robert Kendrick in the final of LA Tennis Open to win the Challenger. Young defeated Leonardo Tavares in the first round of the Ojai Challenger. Young then defeated Dayne Kelly and Luka Gregorc. He lost to Bobby Reynolds in the semifinals.
Young failed to qualify for Wimbledon. Young defeated Ryan Harrison in the first round of the Winnetka Challenger, and then he defeated Simon Stadler and Lester Cook. Young lost to Tim Smyczek in the semifinals. Young defeated Greg Jones in the first round of the Aptos Challenger. He then defeated Artem Sitek, Ilija Bozoljac, and Somdev Devvarman. Young lost to Marinko Matosevic in the final. In the first round of the Atlanta ATP Tournament, Young defeated Dudi Sela, but then lost to Kevin Anderson. Young failed to qualify for the Legg Mason. He lost to Ernests Gulbis in the first round in Cincinnati. Young defeated Stéphane Robert in the first round in New Haven, before losing to Juan Ignacio Chela in three sets. Young lost to Gilles Simon in the first round of the 2010 US Open. Young and partner Robert Kendrick won the doubles championship at the Virginia National Bank Challenger in November.
Young lost to Marin Čilić in the first round of the 2011 Australian Open. At the 2011 BNP Paribas Open Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, he defeated his highest-ranked opponent to-date, Andy Murray (#4), winning in straight sets. In April, Young won the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. He advanced to the second round of the 2011 Aegon International and the 2011 Aegon Championships. Young made it to his first ATP semifinal in August at the Washington, D.C. ATP 500 event. At the US Open, Young defeated Lukáš Lacko in the first round, and in the second round world no. 14 Stanislas Wawrinka in his first five-set victory, in 4 hours and 21 minutes. He advanced to the third round in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career by defeating Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets. Young was defeated in the fourth round by Andy Murray in a rain-delayed match.
Young went 17 matches without a victory during 2012 before defeating Leonardo Mayer at the 2012 Winston-Salem Open. At the US Open, he was defeated by top seed, Roger Federer in the first round.
Young failed to qualify for the 2013 Australian Open and for Wimbledon. He did qualify for the US Open and won his first-round match against Martin Kližan. Young won back-to-back ATP challenger tournaments at Napa Valley and Sacramento during late September and early October.
Young received a wildcard into the 2014 Australian Open. He eventually made it to the third round and thus reached a ranking of 79 after the tournament. Young represented the United States in a first round Davis Cup tie against Great Britain. He played one rubber and lost to Andy Murray in straight sets on clay inside Petco Park. Young made it to the third round of the French Open, eventually losing in five sets to Guillermo García-López. Young made it to the semifinals of the Citi Open losing to the top ranked Canadian Milos Raonic.
Young reached the final in the Delray Beach Open, his first ATP singles final since 2011, but lost in straight sets to Ivo Karlović. In March 2015 Young played Andy Murray in a Davis Cup tie and lost in four sets, as well as losing to Murray again later in March in Miami. At the 2015 U.S. Open, Young became a darling of the American fans en route to matching his 2011 performance by reaching the round of 16. He notched dramatic come-from-behind victories against his first three opponents, triumphing in the third round via a thrilling five-set victory over 22nd-ranked Viktor Troicki. He then lost to fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka in four sets, thus failing to advance to the quarterfinal stage, which would have marked a new career-best performance at a Grand Slam major. Prior to his final match of the tournament, some of Young's shoes reportedly went missing from his locker inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
ATP career finals
Singles: 2 (2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||October 2, 2011||PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (i)||Andy Murray||2–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||2.||February 22, 2015||Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Ivo Karlović||3–6, 3–6|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||1.||February 15, 2015||Memphis Open, Memphis, United States||Hard (i)||Artem Sitak|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|7–5, 6–7(1–7), [8–10]|
Challenger singles titles (8)
|1.||July 16, 2007||Aptos, USA||Hard||Bobby Reynolds||7–5, 6–3|
|2.||October 6, 2008||Sacramento, USA||Hard||Robert Kendrick||6–4, 6–1|
|3.||October 25, 2009||Calabasas, USA||Hard||Michael Russell||7–6(7–4), 6–1|
|4.||May 30, 2010||Carson, USA||Hard||Robert Kendrick||6–4, 6–4|
|5.||April 16, 2011||Tallahassee USA||Hard||Wayne Odesnik||6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|6.||April 7, 2013||León, Mexico||Hard||Jimmy Wang||6–2, 6–2|
|7.||September 23, 2013||Napa, USA||Hard||Matthew Ebden||4–6. 6–4, 6–2|
|8.||September 30, 2013||Sacramento USA||Hard||Tim Smyczek||7–5, 6–3|
Challenger doubles titles (2)
|2.||May 7, 2007||Tunica, United States||Clay||Paul Goldstein|| Pablo Cuevas
|4–6, 6–1, [10–4]|
|1.||February 12, 2007||Joplin, United States||Hard||Patrick Briaud|| Goran Dragićević
Young began playing tennis at age three with mother, Illona, and father, Donald, Sr., who are both tennis teaching professionals. His parents run the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Georgia.
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||1R||2R||Q3||3R||2R||1R||0 / 7||5–7||41.67|
|French Open||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||1R||1R||0 / 5||2–5||28.57|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||Q1||Q1||1R||1R||Q1||1R||1R||2R||0 / 6||1–6||14.29|
|US Open||1R||1R||3R||1R||1R||1R||4R||1R||2R||1R||4R||0 / 11||8–11||42.11|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–1||1–1||0–4||0–1||1–2||3–3||1–4||1–1||4–4||4–4||1–3||0 / 29||16–29||35.56|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||1R||1R||A||3R||Q1||Q2||3R||1R||A||1R||3R||1R||0 / 7||6–7||46.15|
|Miami Masters||1R||1R||Q1||Q2||Q1||Q2||1R||1R||A||2R||2R||1R||0 / 6||2–6||25|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||A||0 / 2||0–2||0|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||A||0 / 2||0–2||0|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||3R||2R||0 / 5||4–5||44.44|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||1R||Q1||1R||Q1||1R||A||A||A||0 / 3||0–3||0|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||2R||Q1||A||1R||Q2||0 / 2||1–2||33.33|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||A||0 / 2||0–2||0|
|Win–Loss||0–2||0–2||0–1||2–3||0–0||0–1||3–4||0–7||0–0||2–5||5–6||1–3||0 / 33||13–33||28.26|
|Titles–Finals||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0 / 2||0–2||0.00|
|Year End Ranking||553||494||100||138||194||127||39||190||96||57||48|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|US Open||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||0 / 9||1–9|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–1||0–1||0–1||0–1||0–1||0–1||1–4||0–0||1–2||0 / 13||2–13|
Wins over top 10 players
|1.||Andy Murray||5||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||7–6(7–4), 6–3|
|2.||Gaël Monfils||9||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||SF||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)|
|3.||Tomáš Berdych||6||Montreal, Canada||Hard||2R||7–6(7–5), 6–3|
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- Bricker, Charles, "Wimbledon – A zillion notes from the hallowed grounds of the All England Club," South Florida Sun-Sentinel , 6/20/08, accessed 6/24/09
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- Opinion: IMG, Put Double-Bageled Young Back in Oven
- "Young wins USTA 18-and-under singles after opponent withdraws," Associated Press, 8/13/06, accessed 7/15/09
- "Long Island’s Noah Rubin wins boys’ championship at Wimbledon; Rubin, 18, takes the road less traveled to the All-England Club, where he knocks off No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov in the first all-American final there since 1977," New York Daily News
- Association of Tennis Professionals (December 5, 2007). "11 Players Break into 2007 Century Club". Association of Tennis Professionals. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved December 6, 2007.
- "Donald Young beats Leonardo Mayer at Winston-Salem Open". Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "US Open 2012: Roger Federer sails through to second round with comfortable victory over Donald Young". The Daily Telegraph. London. August 28, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "Tecnifibre signs Jeremy Chardy and Donald Young". Tennis Identity. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
- Babcock, Gregory (2015-09-08). "Tennis Player's Boast Gear Confused for Marijuana Leaf at U.S. Open". Complex CA. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
- Gandu, Gurvinder Singh (2014-01-26). "The Most Notable Sneakers Worn At The 2014 Australian Open". Complex CA. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
- Donald Young at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Donald Young at the International Tennis Federation
- Donald Young's Broken Promise: What Happened to the Former Phenom?
- Young recent match results
- Young world ranking history
- Biofile profile interview with Donald Young
- New York Times Donald Young article
|ITF Junior World Champion
Thiemo de Bakker