Forever Young

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – It’s been so long that the tennis world waited for the arrival of Donald Young, that it seems like he’s been at it for almost 15 years.

“15 years?” he laughed. “That would mean I would be like a lot older than I am now.”

Yes that would mean the American would have turned pro when he was seven years-old. So maybe not 15 years, but it still seems like forever.

But today Flushing Meadows got a taste of what they wanted to see all the way back to 2007 when Young was a junior champion. He won a five set classic against the 14th seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-6, that lasted four hours and 20 minutes on Court 17 in one of the best matches of this US Open.

“It’s great for me, you know, to play 4 hours and 20 minutes,” he said.  “I saw the clock at the end.  Throughout the whole match I was looking at the clock, and like, Oh man, am I going to make it the whole time?

“But that’s what you put the work and the practice for.  To actually have it come through, yeah, it’s just great to win.”

And great for American tennis to see Young develop. This match showed why he was so hyped over the past few years. He battled his more experienced opponent even when he was down two sets to one and came back.

On fire in the fourth, he rattled off two breaks to beat the Swiss national and forced a fifth set.

It shows the fitness level of Chicago native, who in the past was criticized for not committing to the game. So, he recommitted himself and came to play in shape.

“Yeah, like I say, you know, to do things you’ve never done before you have to do things you’ve never done before,” he said.  “In the off‑season I did something different, and that was great. Definitely to see it like come and know I could play that long in a match definitely makes you feel great.”

Yes winning is much better than losing, something Young can really attest to. So far he has just five challenger wins for his career and two challenger doubles titles. His knock was that he was never committed entirely to the game, instead treating it more like a job than a calling.

“I don’t think I was getting any motivation when I was losing all the time,” he said.  “You know, you have people around you that you feel and trust in what they say and they tell you you can do it.  You go out there and keep practicing.  This is my job at the end of the day.  Most people don’t just quit a job unless they have something else to do.

“I could obviously go to school, which would be great.  Not to knock that.  But this is something I chose to do.  They always told me it would be a waste to waste the talent you have and not do anything with it.”

Even with his journeyman status Young was always a threat. The word potential has always been used when describing this hard hitting volleyer, but with every negative comes a lesson, and he has been schooled over the years.

“You know, don’t take things for granted,” he said.  “I feel like when I was 18 and I got to 73 in the world, the youngest in the top 100, I was top 75, it all seemed kind of easy, not realizing how much work I put into it to get to where I actually was.

“Life lessons?  Just keep working hard.  Don’t give up if it’s something you really want to do.  Listen to the people you trust and you can always learn.”

Yet that can wait as Young is now the talk of the tournament and the tennis world will continue to marvel at his arrival when he takes on No. 24 seed Juan Ignacio Chela in the third round.

Juan Ignacio Chela Wins Bucharest

BCR Open Romania

ATP WORLD TOUR 250 €368,450 (€420,200 Total Financial Commitment)
Bucharest, Romania (+3 hours GMT)
20-26 September, 2010 Surface: Clay www.ATPWorldTour.com

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2010

Singles – Final
[4] J Chela (ARG) d [Q] P Andujar (ESP) 75 61

Read match reports at ATPWorldTour.com

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Chela: “It was an unbelievable week winning in both singles and doubles. I didn’t expect that. The beginning of the season was pretty tough for me so I’m very happy that I’m playing at such a great level now. I enjoy the circuit a lot.

“I always used to be quiet on court, but now I have even more experience and that helps especially when you prepare for an important match. My goal is to do well during the Asian swing as well as in the European indoor events and try to finish the year in the Top 30.

“Andujar has improved a lot lately. He played a strong first set. He can do very well in the future.”

Andujar: “I tried to play aggressively since I knew that long points wouldn’t help me after the long match last night. I had my chances in the first set, but then I had a low at the beginning of the second set.

“I will always remember my first ATP final. I still remember when I won my first Futures and my first Challenger. The conditions here are very good for me, close to what I’m used to at home.

“I didn’t expect to go this far when I came here to play qualies. My coach had his return ticket for last Wednesday. Of course I’m very happy I had to buy him a new one.”

Marino Crowned Champion At Saguenay National Bank Challenger

Saguenay, QC – Sunday September 26, 2010 – Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC) won the biggest title of her blossoming career on Sunday at the $50,000 Saguenay National Bank Challenger.

The top-seeded Canadian put forth an impressive performance against second-seeded American Alison Riske, ranked no. 157 in the world, in a hotly disputed and highly entertaining singles final between the tournament’s top two seeds at the Saguenay Indoor Tennis Club, coming away with a 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) victory to capture her first title of the season and second of her career.

Marino, who was playing in her second final of 2010, was almost invincible on serve in the opening set and made the most of a break in the tenth game to take the early lead. The 19-year-old seemed well on her way to a straight sets win in the second set as she held three match points on Riske’s serve at 15-40, but just as the American had done all week, she played her best in the big moments and hit three winners with her back against the wall to ultimately comeback to win the tiebreak.

Riske started the final set just as she had finished the second and secured herself a 3-1 advantage with a break. This time it was Marino’s turn to turn the tables as she quickly broke back and much to the delight of the partisan crowd, the home favourite sent the match into a decisive third set tiebreak. The two players went back and forth in the tiebreak until Marino delivered the final blow and converted on her first match point at 6-5 with Riske serving.

“I’m so happy to have come out the winner today because the match definitely could have gone either way,” Marino said. “We both brought our best game to the court today and I’m glad we were able to give the fans a good show. I love coming here (to Saguenay) it is a great tournament
and I am honoured to be the event’s champion.”

Riske, 20, announced her arrival on the professional tennis scene earlier this year when she reached the semifinals as a qualifier at the WTA Tour grass court Wimbledon tune up event in Birmingham. Sunday’s triumph was Marino’s third over her opponent in as many tries. She is the first Canadian to capture the Saguenay crown in the event’s five year history.

It was also announced during the trophy presentation that the Saguenay National Bank Challenger will be back for a sixth edition in 2011. For all of the latest news and results from the National Bank Circuit, please visit www.circuitbanquenationale.com.

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma – Tulsa, OK, USA

USTA CHALLENGER OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA, OK, USA
$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Semifinals

B Reynolds (USA) d [6] T Smyczek (USA) 60 60
[7] L Cook (USA) d A Anderson (RSA) 62 30 Retired

Men’s
Doubles – Finals

A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) d [Q] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) 62 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[7] L Cook (USA) vs B Reynolds (USA)

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma – Tulsa, OK, USA – – Quarterfinal Singles Results

USTA CHALLENGER OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA, OK, USA
$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

A Anderson (RSA) d [3] K Kim (USA) 61 00 Retired
B Reynolds (USA) d [5] J Witten (USA) 63 62
[6] T Smyczek (USA) d D Yoo (KOR) 60 76(2)
[7] L Cook (USA) d M Mcclune (USA) 60 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010
COURT 5 start 11:00am
[7] L Cook (USA) vs A Anderson (RSA)
B Reynolds (USA) vs [6] T Smyczek (USA)
[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) or A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) vs [Q] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) or [2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN)

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma – Tulsa, OK, USA

USTA CHALLENGER OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA, OK, USA
$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] J Witten (USA) d G Ouellette (USA) 76(4) 62
[7] L Cook (USA) d A Sadecky (SUI) 63 61
M Mcclune (USA) d [Q] O Nedovyesov (UKR) 63 61
B Reynolds (USA) d A Kuznetsov (USA) 64 76(3)

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) d A Kumar (USA) / F Martin (FRA) 75 67(2) 10-6
[2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) d [WC] M Arevalo (ESA) / A Watling (GBR) 64 64
A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) d [3] N Moser (AUT) / A Sitak (RUS) 64 61

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010
COURT 5 start 11:00am
[5] J Witten (USA) vs B Reynolds (USA)
M Mcclune (USA) vs [7] L Cook (USA)
[Q] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) vs [2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) – Semi-Final Doubles

Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) vs A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) – Semi-Final Doubles

COURT 7 start 11:00am
[6] T Smyczek (USA) vs D Yoo (KOR)
[3] K Kim (USA) vs A Anderson (RSA)

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma

USTA CHALLENGER OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA, OK, USA
$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Second Round

[3] K Kim (USA) d [WC] P Simmonds (USA) 64 64
[6] T Smyczek (USA) d C Klingemann (CAN) 57 62 62
A Anderson (RSA) d [8] M Yani (USA) 64 64
D Yoo (KOR) d [WC] B Strode (USA) 64 63

Men’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) d K Kim (USA) / D Yoo (KOR) 75 60
[2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) d [WC] A Daescu (ROU) / W Gray (USA) 63 62
[3] N Moser (AUT) / A Sitak (RUS) d J Cox (USA) / D Young (USA) 76(5) 64
[Q] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) d [4] A Kuznetsov (USA) / J Witten (USA) 64 75
A Kumar (USA) / F Martin (FRA) d J Levine (USA) / G Ouellette (USA) walkover

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
A Kuznetsov (USA) vs B Reynolds (USA)
A Sadecky (SUI) vs [7] L Cook (USA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] M Arevalo (ESA) / A Watling (GBR) vs [2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) – Moves to Court 4

Not Before 6:30 PM
[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) vs A Kumar (USA) / F Martin (FRA) – Moves to Court 4

COURT 7 start 12:00 noon
[5] J Witten (USA) vs G Ouellette (USA)
[3] N Moser (AUT) / A Sitak (RUS) vs A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[Q] O Nedovyesov (UKR) vs M Mcclune (USA) – Moves to Court 6

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma – Schedule and Results 9/14

$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Men’s
Singles – First Round

[Q] O Nedovyesov (UKR) d [1] T Dent (USA) 64 30 Retired
B Reynolds (USA) d [4] J Levine (USA) 62 61
[5] J Witten (USA) d [WC] D Martin (USA) 62 64
[6] T Smyczek (USA) d V Pospisil (CAN) 62 61
[7] L Cook (USA) d N Moser (AUT) 62 61
M Mcclune (USA) d E Nunez (USA) 76(6) 63
A Sadecky (SUI) d J Cox (USA) 63 67(2) 76(5)
G Ouellette (USA) d B Evans (USA) 63 76(5)
A Kuznetsov (USA) d P Duclos (CAN) 64 63
C Klingemann (CAN) d [Q] F Wolmarans (RSA) 64 76(5)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
COURT 5 start 11:00am
[3] N Moser (AUT) / A Sitak (RUS) vs J Cox (USA) / D Young (USA)
D Yoo (KOR) vs [WC] B Strode (USA)
[3] K Kim (USA) vs [WC] P Simmonds (USA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] A Daescu (ROU) / W Gray (USA) vs [2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) – Moves to Court 4

Not Before 6:30 PM
[1] L Cook (USA) / D Martin (USA) vs K Kim (USA) / D Yoo (KOR) – Moves to Court 4

COURT 7 start 11:00am
[6] T Smyczek (USA) vs C Klingemann (CAN)
A Kumar (USA) / F Martin (FRA) vs J Levine (USA) / G Ouellette (USA)
[Q] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) vs [4] A Kuznetsov (USA) / J Witten (USA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
A Anderson (RSA) vs [8] M Yani (USA) – Moves to Court 6

USTA Challenger of Oklahoma

USTA CHALLENGER OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA, USA
$ 50,000.00
SEPTEMBER 11 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Men’s
Singles – First Round

[WC] B Strode (USA) d [2] D Young (USA) 63 76(4)
[3] K Kim (USA) d [WC] M Van Elden (AUS) 36 62 63
[8] M Yani (USA) d [Q] A Daescu (ROU) 64 60
[WC] P Simmonds (USA) d F Martin (FRA) 46 64 62
A Anderson (RSA) d [Q] I Beleleu (ROU) 60 76(1)
D Yoo (KOR) d A Sitak (RUS) 75 26 75

Men’s
Doubles – First Round

A Anderson (RSA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) d B Reynolds (USA) / T Smyczek (USA) 61 76(1)
E Nunez (USA) / A Sadecky (SUI) d [WC] R Biktyakov (UZB) / O Nedovyesov (UKR) 62 76(4)
[WC] M Arevalo (ESA) / A Watling (GBR) d B Evans (USA) / P Simmonds (USA) 06 64 10-7

Mens
Qualifying Doubles – Finals

Qualifying – [1] B Joelson (USA) / C Klingemann (CAN) d M Bains (GBR) / T Horstmann (USA) 60 62

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
COURT 5 start 10:00 am
N Moser (AUT) vs [7] L Cook (USA)
A Kuznetsov (USA) vs P Duclos (CAN)
B Evans (USA) vs G Ouellette (USA)
B Reynolds (USA) vs [4] J Levine (USA)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] A Daescu (ROU) / W Gray (USA) vs [2] P Duclos (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) – Moves to Court 4

Not Before 6:30 PM
[1] T Dent (USA) vs [Q] O Nedovyesov (UKR)

COURT 7 start 10:00 am
J Cox (USA) vs A Sadecky (SUI)
[Q] F Wolmarans (RSA) vs C Klingemann (CAN)
[6] T Smyczek (USA) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
E Nunez (USA) vs M Mcclune (USA)

Not Before 5:30 PM
[5] J Witten (USA) vs [WC] D Martin (USA) – Moves to Court 6