Young Captures St. Vincent USTA Futures Tournament

April 23, 2007 10:36 AM
Donald Young of Atlanta, Ga defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2; 6-2 to take home the St. Vincent’s Auxiliary USTA Men’s Futures Tournament title. The unseeded Young was a wild card entrant into the $15,000 USTA Futures Challenger that was held at the Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Facing a tough first round against Izak Van Der Merwe of Russia, Donald barely squeaked by with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 win. Young was able to breeze through the second round defeating fellow American Ryler De Heart in straight sets to secure a quarterfinal showing. In the quarterfinals, Young had little trouble dispatching the second seeded Jamie Baker of Great Britian with a 6-2, 6-2 upset. The following day was followed by another upset when Young outlasted Harel Levy of Israel in three sets.

Vying for his first Futures Title, Young faced doubles partner Kei Nishikori in the final round. A day earlier, Young and Nishikori teamed up to win the tournament’s doubles title, beating Brendan Evans and Brian Wilson 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4. Although Nishikori had pulled out an incredible upset against number one seed Sam Warburg just days earlier, the quick footwork and incredible endurance of Donald Young was too much for Nishikori. Young took a commanding lead in the first set and went on to close out the match 6-2; 6-2.