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Atlanta's Donald Young Advances to First Professional Quarterfinal

May 6, 2005 09:10 AM

Fifteen-year-old Donald Young of Atlanta, the No. 1 junior tennis player in the world, advanced to his first professional quarterfinal Thursday by winning two matches at the SAAB Grand Harbor of Vero Beach USTA Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures event, in Vero Beach, Fla.

Donald Young
Young began the day with a first round win over Milan Pokrajac, defeating the 18-year-old Canadian qualifier 6-3, 6-4 in a match that was postponed Wednesday due to rain. He then won his second round match later in the day, defeating 17-year-old American wild card Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-4. Young will face 24-year-old American Lesley Joseph, a journeyman ranked No. 397 in the world, at 5:00 p.m. on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

Young made headlines in January when he won the Australian Open boys singles title to become the youngest Junior Grand Slam champion ever at 15 years, 6 months and 7 days, and the first African-American to win the championship. The triumph also made Young the youngest boy ever to be ranked No. 1 in the world junior rankings and the first African-American to attain the top ranking.

Young was winless in five ATP events this year and went 1-3 on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2004.

About the USTA Pro Circuit
With 96 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. More than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2004 for nearly $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. Andre Agassi, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova are among today’s top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.




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