Donald Young in Newsweek's 'Who's Next 2005'

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by david aames, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. david aames

    david aames Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
  2. bigserving

    bigserving Hall of Fame

    Mar 25, 2004
    D Young turned pro last January or February if that is what you are asking.

    It is great to see something new about tennis in the national media. Sharapova's new riches have been in the news lately but that is more due to off court money.

    We need something positive on the men's side to give the game a boost.
  3. tamdoankc

    tamdoankc Rookie

    Aug 3, 2004
    Travelling the world!
    Turned pro in Jan/Feb? He just finished playing in the Orange Bowl last week.
  4. christo

    christo Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    I believe if you are age appropriate you can still play in Junior tourneys even if you go pro. However if he's all that, how come he got tuned up by a kid no one has ever heard of ( 5' 9" and 150 lbs.)
    My prediction: Burned out by hype and expectations at 20-21 yrs old but should still have plenty of cash to cushion the fall.
  5. rafael

    rafael Rookie

    Jun 1, 2004
    Eugene Oregon
    Didn't he just get beat by another African-American, Timothy Neilly at the orange bowl? I expect a better career out of Scoville Jenkins.
  6. don knot

    don knot Rookie

    Feb 26, 2004
    I have seen Donald and Scoville hit on several occasions.
    It's just my opinion, but I think Donald will be a great pro.
    He's still just so young (pardon the pun) I didn't like the decision to turn pro already, but I think he's got some room to grow (physically) . He already understands how to use his "leftiness" very well and really kind of reminds me of a young Rios. I know it's easy to knock the guy who gets all of the attention with no results (roddick a few years back) , but Donald's results will come and I think they'll come pretty early. He'll be playing in the minor leagues pretty much exclusively in '05 except for the occasional wild card. If healthy look for him to break out in '06. He's got a lot of talent and a smooth game to match. He just needs to get hooked up with the right coach/team.
  7. arosen

    arosen Hall of Fame

    Mar 11, 2004
    Well, I cant blame him and his parents for feeding the media frenzy as much as they can. Donald wants the wildcards into pro events, so that he would not have to grind it out with the rest of the pack in qualies. For a small guy with an average serve those qualies can be quite a challenge. Pushing all the buttons may translate into some wildcards, that's the bottomline.
  8. VamosRafa

    VamosRafa Hall of Fame

    May 3, 2004
    I also think Donald Young has a great future.

    But by the time he does something worthwhile, will we be sick of hearing about him?

    That's what happened with Andy, and that happened when Andy was older and had actually won an ATP title. But it took a while for him to get to the Top 5, which everyone thought would happen overnight. And even when he won a slam, people still said he was overhyped.

    Donald Young has lots of expectations/hype on his teenage shoulders. It's not going to be easy to meet it, let alone succeed it. But perhaps he's the type who thrives on that type of pressure, and has that type of talent.

    We shall see.

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