By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
CONNECTICUT-(BASN)-He is under the radar and may like that role. Donald Young did not receive his usual wild card into the US Open this year. He had to earn his way in by qualifying and he did just that and more.
Young got through the qualifiers last week by winning 3 matches and won his opening round match in men’s singles Tuesday, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. It was one of the most impressive wins of the first round and Young’s more impressive single match win ever at the Open.
The Atlanta resident has had his issue with coaches in the past, but one constant has always been his parents. They were there cheering him, as was most of the throng watching him play.
He reached no. 38 in the world in 2012, but now sits at no. 157. He has the talent to be top 100, but it is the attitude which has gotten to him in the past.He always had a lot of unforced errors and he seems to have them in check this August. His always strong serve is just that.
He is playing with more confidence at this Open and seems more mature.
He plays mixed doubles today with fan favorite Victoria Duval and most likely will play singles again tomorrow.
If Young goes on a run, he might be tough to beat. He has the talent and proved that with a run at the 2011 Open, much to the delight of his fans