Donald Young is in the 3rd round of the Australian Open. This is no small feat folks. He’s now 24, years removed from phenom status and the according expectations heaped on him from U.S. tennis media. He’s suffered through years of intense struggles - battling himself, his parents, and the tennis establishment.
His 5-set win over Andreas Seppi, the 24th seed, lands him in the 3rd round of a Slam for only the third time, and first outside of Flushing Meadows. Should he manage to scratch out a win against Kei Nishikori (16), he’ll match his best ever showing at a major. These are baby steps towards salvaging a seemingly lost career. He’ll rise from 91 to the early 70s in the rankings based on this result alone.
After spending most of 2013 on the Challenger circuit, Young is now cashing in on all the hard work. U.S. media loves a comeback story; Young’s journey has positioned him for lots of positive ink should he build on this showing and turn in a solid 2014 campaign.
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