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Young Upsets Top Seed, Earns First Pro Win in Baton Rouge

October 27, 2004 06:20 PM

by Tim Curry, USTA Publicity

The third time was the charm for Donald Young.

The 15-year-old tennis prodigy from Atlanta posted his first win at a professional main draw event on Tuesday, defeating Jamie Delgado of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round of the $15,000 USTA Baton Rouge (La.) Futures.

Ranked No. 1311 in the world, Young easily handled the 27-year-old Delgado, who was the tournament’s No. 1 seed and is ranked No. 220 in the ATP Entry Standings. Young advanced to the second round, where he will face 26-year-old South African Justin Bower tomorrow (not before 11 a.m.). Bower, ranked as high as No. 155 in the world, won consecutive USTA Futures events that past two weeks after a 15-month layoff due to a knee injury.

Young made his pro debut in May and had lost his two previous main draw matches. In July, however, he defeated then-No. 172 Marco Chiudinelli en route to the final round of qualifying at the ATP event in Los Angeles.

Young has been highly touted since becoming the first American since Jim Courier in 1980 to win the Boys’ 16s title at the Orange Bowl International Junior Championships last December. Young also became the first professional to win a USTA Junior National Championship in April, capturing the Boys’ 18s title at the USTA Spring National Championships - The Easter Bowl.

 

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