Donald Young Bio

  • Began playing tennis at age three with mother, Illona, and father, Donald, Sr. who are both tennis teaching professionals
  • Parents run the South Fulton Tennis Center in College Park, Georgia, outside of Atlanta after Donald Sr. took over operations in fall of 2003
  • Writes right-handed
  • Trains on occasion at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. with Nick Bollettieri
  • Favorite athletes are Michael Jordan, Pete Sampras and Tiger Woods
  • Enjoys playing table tennis and board games like Monopoly
  • .Only sports figure in Newsweek Magazine's "Who's Next?" feature on Dec. 27, 2004
  • In 2005, became youngest year-end World No. 1 in junior rankings at 16 years, 5 months (one month younger than Richard Gasquet in '02)
  • Won Australian Open junior title at age 15 to become youngest-ever and first African-American boy to be ranked No. 1 in the world
  • Also first American to win Australian junior title and finish No. 1 since Andy Roddick in 2000
  • Advanced to SF at Wimbledon and QF at US Open in '05
  • In doubles, won US Open title (w/Clayton) and reached final at Australian Open (w/De Bakker)
  • .In 2007, captured Wimbledon junior title, first American to win since Scott Humphries in 1994
  • In 2004, reached Orange Bowl 18-under final (l. to Neilly) and in 2003 won Orange Bowl 16-under title (d. Thron), becoming first American to win that age division title since Jim Courier in 1986
  • Won Easter Bowl 14s and 18s titles in 2003-04
  • Named as Davis Cup practice partner for QF tie vs. Spain in 2007
  • Coached by parents.
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.

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