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Tennis Week's 'Biofile: The Donald Young Story'

October 11, 2006 10:28 AM

From the sideway slant of the brim of his baseball cap to the extreme short angle crosscourt backhand he strikes with enough sidespin you half expect the ball to behave like a boomerang and make a u-turn back to where it began, Donald Young has a proclivity for working the angles.

The 17-year-old Young is still negotiating the learning curve as he attempts to adjust from the juniors to the pro circuit.
Last December, Young became the youngest player and first African-American to win the ITF World Junior Champion as he concluded the 2005 season as the world's top-ranked junior at the age of 16 years, 5 months. Young replaced France's Richard Gasquet as the youngest player to finish as the World No. 1 junior boy in the world and earn the International Tennis Federation's World Junior Champion title for players 18 and younger. Gasquet was a month older when he captured the title in 2002.

While both Gasquet and second-ranked Rafael Nadal had already driven themselves to victory on the ATP Tour ages when many of their contemporaries are just acquiring their learning permits, Young, whose game is based more on finesse than firepower, has yet to win a match on the ATP Tour. He took a set off French Open quarterfinalist Novak Djokovic in the opening round of last month's U.S. Open. Young advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open juniors before bowing to Canada's Peter Polansky, 3-6, 7-6(2), 3-6.

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