Young seeks to regain form at U.S. Open

Updated: August 31, 2016

By Richard Kent


NEW YORK — He’s back and the U.S. Open is his event.
Last year, he had a fan favorite run to the 4th round. Same as 2011. Tuesday, he came through with an exciting 4-set win over well-regarded Jan-Lennard Struff before a huge throng, cheering for him.
His name is Donald Young, once the future of American men’s tennis and far from an afterthought now. The left-hander is now 27 and has been a pro since 2004 when he was 15.
He has been ranked as high as no. 38 in the world and is now ranked 56.
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He has been an enigma throughout his career. He was coached by his parents early on and eschewed USTA coaching, much to the chagrin of many American mentors.
In 2005, Young finished as the world no. 1 junior at age 16, the youngest ever in junior tennis history.He was the first American to win the Australian Open junior title.
Young has yet to win an ATP event, but has two runner-up finishes to his credit. The Chicago native, who now lives in Atlanta, seems to thrive off of the noise, excitement, and support of the New York crowds.
His 2016 has been decent, but far from exemplary. he has won $342,918 in prize money, but has not made a serious run in any tournament. The Open might be his first.

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