how did donald young get so over-hyped in the beginning anyway?

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  1. edberg505

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  2. goober

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    Donald Young stated in a interview last year he is 5'11'". That 5'9" on all the official websites is from several year ago.
     
  3. alienhamster

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    Ya know, he looked pretty good there to me. Loved how much he was coming into the net, and most of the placement was pretty good. I can easily see him having a Feliciano-Lopez type career at least. He's obviously got the competitiveness there, so that will help.

    But the forehand and serve need some work. He needs a weapon in there somewhere, and there were some forehands he was really just pushing for no good reason.
     
  4. ibemadskillzz

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    dude why don't you shut the **** up, I guarantee that I can win a point. I played in nationals events as a young teenager, and I know what it takes. stop talking **** dude. you are probably a 15 year old, hide behind that computer and talk ****. You wouldn't say that **** to my face
     
  5. Techniques

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    If he does not gain any power, I don't think he can be top 10. Maybe hovering around 10-20 at best IMO.
     
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    so you played the nationals events... so what? You lost 0,1 against a guy who has "better" volleys than sampras, edberg, and mcenroe. Uh huh. You are insulting the pros saying you can hang with them when you have a score as mentioned above against a non pro. I'm not saying you're not a good player, but you sure sound arrogant. Btw you shouldn't just attack that poster, 2-3 other posters laughed when you asked how to enter these tournaments. And no offense, but if you have to ask, I'm lead to believe you're not good enough to enter, sorry.

    As for Donald young, as many have said he's still young and is already a great player. Only time will tell.


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    If you have trouble now, how can you expect to play against the big boys?
     
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  8. fastdunn

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    Guys, anyone know if he is growing or still at 5'9" ?

    I had a growth spurt of 10 inches between the age of 16-20.
    But about half of my friends stopped growing after 17....
     
  9. 35ft6

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    Great image quality. Nice.
     
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    most products of the boliteri academy, except haas and mirnyi are total idiots who know nothing about tennis
     
  11. goober

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    Young loses in the second round to Jesse Witten. 7-6, 6-3.
    Well he did better than last weeks Challenger.
     
  12. edberg505

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    Well, what do you know. Close first set and the ole "well I lost the first set and screw this match" in the second set.
     
  13. tennisfreak

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    This kid is 17 and people are already calling him a bust. Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

    Donald young is going to be good. He is lefty. Has great hands. Not overpowering but can move you around the court. (Kind of like Rios)

    What does height have to do with whether you are more successful? Who was better Marc Rosset or Michael Chang? People pointing to height as the reason Querrey will be better than Young are misguided.

    One thing Young does need is an attitude overhaul.
     
  14. goober

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    Hard to say he tanked it in the second set without actually being there watching. Maybe Witten lifted his game and Young could not respond.
     
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    Rios had a better physical unit than Young does. And even though his unit was better, he had to work so hard to win(yet tried to make it look like nothing) that he would end up being exhausted and would subsequently tank. To be small like Young, weak and not particuarly fast, is DRAINING. The kid has hand and racquet talent, and that appears to me, to be the extent of it. RESULT FROM BJORN99? Journeyman at best.
     
  16. edberg505

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    That's true, but given his past statements where he says that he actually does do that, and seeing him do it so many times it's hard to dispute that's what really happened. So, given his track record I'm more inclined to believe that he did do that. One could only know by seeing the match though so I guess we'll never know.
     
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    becuase he was the number one junior at a young age and has a lot of tallent just small and not has much power as the pros he has played.
     
  18. Rob_C

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    Kinda like the 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 win he had in the last rd of qualies???? He lost a close 1st set there, he came back to win. Why dont you give the guy he played some credit, he is a top 200 player.
     
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    Can I just say, there is no 'modern technique' you win with what you have at the time when you have it.
     
  20. edberg505

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    Look, I don't even know who the guy is that he played. But you cannot dispute the fact that he does the tanking thing more often than not. He has even said it himself and I have seen him do it in his matches esp. in the 1st round of the 2005 US Open. Nick Bollettieri has also said the same thing. The thing is since we know that he does it, and when we see those types of scores, how do we know it's because the other player raised his level or it's because he just tanked the match.
     
  21. David L

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    Granted, Young does not look like the embodiment of the consummate athlete, but neither did the pigeon toed Agassi or the twiglike Michael Stich. Ok, one developed power early and the other had height, but Young does pack some punch(although not enough yet) and he is 5' 11" with possibly more to come. The kid has talent and great hands. He still has the body of a boy, yet even with his slight frame he can still hang with grown men. When he fills out a bit, his tennis will leap, if he continues to work hard. Also, he has to improve mentally. He may not take the baton from Federer regarding all things tennis and improve on them, as you had hoped, but he will do well in his own unique way, although he does play all court tennis. I personally see a lot of potential. He has that intangible mercurial quality that is indicative of uncommon talent. We've seen better athletes at his age, but his body is not done developing. Even so, it still may not develop into anything to write home about, but his hands may compensate for that.
     

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