Donald Young Wimbledon Jr Winner

vsgut

Rookie
Donald won the Wimbledon Juniors and is in the semis of doubles. Not bad for all of you bashers. Yes he got dominated in wild card events. Maybe a little too early for him. Seems like working out with the Davis Cup team has helped out.
 

ChiefAce

Semi-Pro
Congrats to Donald, he might be a pro but he was the #3 seed in the draw. Clearly the kid is improving, he's still just shy of 18 and he won't start doing anything at a higher level for at least another year.
 

goober

Legend
Well he beat a 16 year old with 0 ATP points in the finals. Kind of a hard situation to be in since he would be expected to win and losing would have looked bad. At least people aren't predicting him to destroy Djokovic next year any more.
 

YonexDude

Rookie
he shouldn't have even played, he's a freakin' pro. Its like a top tenner playing on the pro circuit
he's a freakin pro? he won ONE challenger. cut the guy some slack. it's not like he's a ringer or anything. it's not against the rules.

i thought top tenners did play on the pro circuit? what other circuit would they play?
 

Mr. Sean

Rookie
d young is gangster. Cant wait for this guy to get bigger and start playing some pro matches and winning. We need some fresh faces. I mean serbia has them as well as france why the hell dont we have any.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
This is very positive and a smart move. Players need the confidence from winning, even if it is at a lower level.

I'm still not sure about Young's prospects as a top player. I defintely think he can make a true living playing tennis, Top 50, Top 40. But, while he's talented, so are a ton of other players.

If he grows and gets some more pace, then we'll see. But, this is a good start. He turns 18 soon, so he has to play pro. Good to get another junior Slam while he could.
 

helloworld

Hall of Fame
This is sad. At 18, you're supposed to be a top ranked pro already. Nadal bacame No.2 in the world at that age ! Most other legends are already established pros by 18. This kid is still a nobody !! Sorry, but he's not gonna make it...
 

Don Felder

Semi-Pro
Not every 18 year old can be a Nadal... in fact, I know this one guy named Federer who fell on some hard times when he transitioned from a successful junior career to the pros... he's pretty decent now. Not sure what will become of Young but you can't write him off at this stage.

As for him playing pro events, boo hoo. You have guys, supposed amateurs, winning our NCAA events who have been ranked close to what DY is ranked and have played at least as much if not more on the challenger/futures circuits before tainting the college system. Don't see anything wrong with Donald playing a world class junior tournament because of that.
 
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Alex132

Guest
Like Marat Safin said "If you want to achieve anything in pro tennis, you better be top 700 in the world by the time you 18"
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
Like Marat Safin said "If you want to achieve anything in pro tennis, you better be top 700 in the world by the time you 18"
Well then DY is in good shape being ranked Top 350 with a couple of Doubles Titles and Future Singles Title.
Expect DY to be Top 100 within 12 months if he con't to work hard.
For him it is all mental.
 

chess9

Hall of Fame
hes so short, not gonna EVER break top 25 imho
So was Rod Laver and he was a miserable failure! Short is, well, like so Valley Girl terrible. LOL!

You don't need to be huge to win at tennis. Nadal and Federer are not big guys. Karlovic is big for tennis, maybe average for NBA. Tennis is about so much more than size. I've had my butt whipped by a guy 5'4" tall. (A Mexican, who was twice the athlete I ever was.)

Anyway, quit ragging on this guy. I mean, this is like some perverse sort of CHILD ABUSE. He's a bloody kid. He's still got mother's milk in his mouth....

-Robert
 

Supernatural_Serve

Professional
We should all be supporting him. He's one of America's future tennis hopes and there aren't that many considering what the 20 year olds from Europe are already doing on the pro tour. Young is going to need support.
 

David L

Hall of Fame
This is sad. At 18, you're supposed to be a top ranked pro already. Nadal bacame No.2 in the world at that age ! Most other legends are already established pros by 18. This kid is still a nobody !! Sorry, but he's not gonna make it...
He's not supposed to be any particular way. People progress at different paces. Federer was ranked below him at the same age. Stich was well known as a 'late' bloomer. Blake also developed 'late', as did Ljubicic. Not everyone comes through as a prodigy, à la Becker. Comparisons like this are pointless. Donald Young is fine. He's ahead of schedule in comparison to most. Talent is not the issue, he has a lot of it. Now it is just a question of working hard on his physical and mental game, and hopefully growing some more as well.
 
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chess9

Hall of Fame
This is sad. At 18, you're supposed to be a top ranked pro already. Nadal bacame No.2 in the world at that age ! Most other legends are already established pros by 18. This kid is still a nobody !! Sorry, but he's not gonna make it...
Every flower doesn't bloom in May.

EDIT: At 91, cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he was still playing. "I'm still trying to get better" was his response. The human spirit is unlimited. Learn from Casals....

-Robert
 

Mr. Sean

Rookie
hes so short, not gonna EVER break top 25 imho
Why do you guys keep picking on this guys height. You dont have to be tall to be a good tennis player. Technique is what matters. Karlovic is huge right now and he isnt even in the top ten. Michael Chang, coria hewitt all were short and played great tennis. D young just needs some more experience and a lil bit of muscle mass and hell be ready for the atp in the next couple of years. Also dont forget that the guy has size 12 feet which could mean he can grow as well for all the haters.
 

t.vo408

New User
When he won I think I say him flash westside with his hand (I may be mistaken). But that alone makes me dislike him.
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
Once again the nobody 3.0 hacks of the world come out to teardown an 18 y.o multi-junior GS champion who is now Top 300 in the world. Good job tearing him down considering you could not hold his jock.
Young should be able to crack the Top 50, but needs to improve to his physical and mental games to make the bigger jump.
 

fps

Legend
Why so negative? He's probably busy trying to be the best player he can be, maybe we should all do that instead of ripping on people for following their dreams...

(obviously we shouldn't all do it at once or there'll be no-one on the forum)
 

Pancho

Semi-Pro
Donald Young is no Michael Chang

The media were talking big about the Donald Young. Donald Young is no Michael Chang. Michael Chang won French open when he was 17. Donald will be 18 this month. So, he can forget about being the youngest to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Also, Donald has yet to even win a match on the ATP tour. Michael Chang accomplished a lot more at Donald's age. Donald isn't going to be a Nadal or Federer either. Both of them can each destroy Donald easily and it won't be pretty at all. Donald just doesn't have any of Nadal or Federer's weapons. Donald isn't ready for the ATP tour yet, just way to young....
 

J-man

Hall of Fame
Young?! No. I don't think he's to young. He's got no choice but to play ATP tournments now anyhow. His body is not ready for it. He needs to get some muscle on that thin frame of his. Every pro player has the physical advantage over Donald.
 

t.vo408

New User
Do you even know the westside sign?

I guess it is any reason to "dislike" this player.
Yes, where you cross your ring and middle finger to form a "w". The version he did was to bend his ring finger and allow his pointer, middle, and pinky to form the "w".

Why would you bring anything with such negative connotations to any professional sporting event? This isn't street ball. I don't hate the guy but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

:)
 
Yes, where you cross your ring and middle finger to form a "w". The version he did was to bend his ring finger and allow his pointer, middle, and pinky to form the "w".

Why would you bring anything with such negative connotations to any professional sporting event? This isn't street ball. I don't hate the guy but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

:)

Yea sure...
 
hes so short, not gonna EVER break top 25 imho
Is he really that much shorter than Gaudio, Rios, Hewitt, Davydenko, Ferrer et al?
He seems fine, just skinny and inexperienced. Both of which I bet he is working on.

Chess9, good posts (as usual).

Donald Young, congrats, man. The west side thing, though? Yer from Chicaago, remember?
 

TheHuntor

New User
Seriously though, this age thing in Tennis is B.S. In every other sport for the most part, pros can play into their forties. Agassi his his peak right around 30, didn't he? This is what the ridiculous idea of turning pro at 17 comes to, retiring at the age of 26/27 because you've played too much.

Have you seen some of these earnings? Hell, I'd almost rather be in the lower part of the 100 (if I ever magically had that kind of talent) and be able to play tennis for years and years and make a kick ass living.

Most guys don't even reach their peak strength until the low 20's anyway.
So hell, go to college, play D1, get an education, and then see where it takes you.

Pro at 17, you gotta be kidding me. Funny that Nadal and Chang are the only ones mentioned, probably because they're the only ones who ever really pulled it off successfully.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Congratulations to Donald Young - very solid, all court, gonna make his mark on the pro tour very soon.

hate to say it, but Safin's a moron.
I'd say welcome to the boards, but I don't think you're gonna last here, so whatever...

P.S. Is it true that he doesn't wear coloured contacts and his eyes are naturally blue?
 

edmondsm

Legend
This is sad. At 18, you're supposed to be a top ranked pro already. Nadal bacame No.2 in the world at that age ! Most other legends are already established pros by 18. This kid is still a nobody !! Sorry, but he's not gonna make it...
Blah, blah, blah. Let's start comparing you to the best in your field at your age. Everybody is different. A nobody, hah. And you're the guy sitting at a computer and he's playing tennis for a living.

Who's a nobody?
 

ivo#1fan

Rookie
This is what the ridiculous idea of turning pro at 17 comes to, retiring at the age of 26/27 because you've played too much....Most guys don't even reach their peak strength until the low 20's anyway.
So hell, go to college, play D1, get an education, and then see where it takes you.

Pro at 17, you gotta be kidding me. Funny that Nadal and Chang are the only ones mentioned, probably because they're the only ones who ever really pulled it off successfully.
Excellent post! I agree with everything except pros lasting to 40 in most sports?? Golf maybe, but that's about it, except for an occasional exception.
 

TheHuntor

New User
Excellent post! I agree with everything except pros lasting to 40 in most sports?? Golf maybe, but that's about it, except for an occasional exception.
Well baseball is my other favorite sport, and Julio Franco is still playing at 48. Maybe that's skewing my perception a little?
 

TheHuntor

New User
Congratulations to Donald Young - very solid, all court, gonna make his mark on the pro tour very soon.



I'd say welcome to the boards, but I don't think you're gonna last here, so whatever...

P.S. Is it true that he doesn't wear coloured contacts and his eyes are naturally blue?
I'm not going to last here because I have a different opinion about a slightly ******** statement by a pro? Whatever, man. I just think all this junior hype is kind of ridiculous.

What's going to be even more entertaining is when all the people who took that statement seriously give up college to try and turn pro earlier end up not making it (and then having nothing to fall back on).
 
Donald won the Wimbledon Juniors and is in the semis of doubles. Not bad for all of you bashers. Yes he got dominated in wild card events. Maybe a little too early for him. Seems like working out with the Davis Cup team has helped out.
Who cares?
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
I'm not going to last here because I have a different opinion about a slightly ******** statement by a pro? Whatever, man. I just think all this junior hype is kind of ridiculous.

What's going to be even more entertaining is when all the people who took that statement seriously give up college to try and turn pro earlier end up not making it (and then having nothing to fall back on).
People who say things like "Safin's a moron" in their first month on these forums don't last, that's just a fact. Junior hype or no junior hype, winning a junior slam is no peanuts.
 

edmondsm

Legend
People who say things like "Safin's a moron" in their first month on these forums don't last, that's just a fact. Junior hype or no junior hype, winning a junior slam is no peanuts.
Dude, I totally agree. People who say Safin sucks and junior slams are easy to win are not displaying much "love for the sea".;)
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
i guess it's not common to win another junior slam 2 years later after winning the 1st one !
(AO 2005 and now wimbledon 2007)

did it already happen ?
 

Mr. Sean

Rookie
I just finished watching a d young match and I must say one thing that does bother me about him is his fashion sense. This guy is wearing clothes that are 2 x oversized. If he wants to look stronger and taller out there he should definitely wear clothes that fit not clothes that make him look like a 13 year old from a distance.
 

TheHuntor

New User
Dude, I totally agree. People who say Safin sucks and junior slams are easy to win are not displaying much "love for the sea".;)
I didn't mean to jump the gun too much but I disagreed with Safin's statement and then didn't really elaborate until later, so my bad.

But I do think he's not a smart guy to be laying ultimatums this and that about where people need to be in their career every moment of their life. Not that I can name examples but I'm sure there are pros who came onto the scene after college in their early twenties. Safin almost made it sound if you haven't won a junior slam and aren't at your peak by 22, your over the hill and will never make a name for yourself. And I don't remember saying it was ever easy to win a junior slam either.

Personally, Safin's attitude just annoys me. But that's just me.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Dude, I totally agree. People who say Safin sucks and junior slams are easy to win are not displaying much "love for the sea".;)
Thank you for your comment. When a person reveals their lack of basic tennis understanding with thoughtless comments of such nature, the intangibles like love for the sea don't even come into play as far as evaluation of such person on their merits is concerned.

I didn't mean to jump the gun too much but I disagreed with Safin's statement and then didn't really elaborate until later, so my bad.

But I do think he's not a smart guy to be laying ultimatums this and that about where people need to be in their career every moment of their life. Not that I can name examples but I'm sure there are pros who came onto the scene after college in their early twenties. Safin almost made it sound if you haven't won a junior slam and aren't at your peak by 22, your over the hill and will never make a name for yourself. And I don't remember saying it was ever easy to win a junior slam either.

Personally, Safin's attitude just annoys me. But that's just me.
If you happened to disagree with a Safin statement on a tennis matter, that surely is a signal that you lack understanding of such matters and have yet a lot to learn. When you post things like "Safin is a moron", all you are doing is giving up on tennis and your future as a participant in elite debate circles of this forum.
 

Wawa

New User
i think Donald Young played very well but i think the title goes to D.Kleftakos .
He played very well and he is an uknown player .
I think Kleftakos is more talented than Young
 

tennis08tarheels

Hall of Fame
i think Donald Young played very well but i think the title goes to D.Kleftakos .
He played very well and he is an uknown player .
I think Kleftakos is more talented than Young
Yeah, except for the fact that Young just won Wimbledon, and Whatshisface didn't. Actually, he lost in the third round to a certain Donald Young.
 
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