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Donald Young: The Biofile

Young© Getty ImagesDonald Young is a former World No. 38.

Donald Young reached the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship quarter-finals in April and with close to 150 tour-level matches in his career, he is looking to make his mark in this year's Emirates Airline US Open Series in order to break back into the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The World No. 73 recalls his first encounters with his tennis idols, why he love to play tennis and looks back on his strangest match in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.

First Tennis Memory: Playing at our local club in Chicago. Just running around with my parents and hitting balls with a racquet that was too big.

Tennis Inspirations: Pete Sampras. John McEnroe. I really liked Marcelo Rios. Andre Agassi. All the guys who were winning, pretty much.

Last Book Read: I can't remember the name of it. I have it in my bag. Sports book, something about the conscious mind. It's a mental book. My mental lady prescribed it for me.

Greatest Sports Moment: Probably getting to the fourth round at the US Open [2011] was pretty big for me. I've never been that far at a Slam. And it's especially [nice] at the home slam.

Most Painful Moment: Was losing 6-0, 6-0, when I was sixteen, to Carlos Berlocq. And then James Blake beating the guy 6-0, 6-0 the next day [smiles].

Strangest Match: There's a lot of those matches, I can't name one. Maybe one in juniors, I lost the first set 6-0, I won the second set 6-0 and I won 7-6 in the third. Kinda weird. [Versus who?] Carsten Ball. It was in the Orange Bowl 16s.

Favourite Tournaments: I really like the US Open, Australian Open. I like Winston-Salem, New Haven.

Funny Tennis Memory: I think in the finals of US Open junior doubles on match point the guy hit an overhead and touched the net. So it was kind of  funny for my partner and I. [Against?] Thiemo De Bakker and Carsten Ball again. I was playing with Alex Clayton.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: John McEnroe. I was about eight years old. At the Nuveen Championships in Chicago.

Favourite Sport Outside Tennis: Basketball. I enjoy basketball quite a bit.

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and LeBron James.

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: It's fun. I think it symbolises life. If you don't put in the work you don't get the results. You have to work hard and you have to keep working at it. It's just a great sport to play.

Current Car: I drive a Corvette (black). Like it a lot. (The new model?) No it's not the new one. I want the new one but it's not the new one. '08.

People Qualities Most Admired: Honesty. And good work ethic.

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com

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