Early life[ edit ] Young began playing tennis at age three with mother, Illona, and father, Donald Sr. He was up 5-love in the third set of the final. Levine scored 23 consecutive points to defeat Young 7—5. Due to the slow start, his handlers were often criticized for pushing him too fast during the early stages. He won the Easter Bowl 14s and 18s titles in and and was named as Davis Cup practice partner for the quarterfinal tie against Spain in Young also won the U.
In , he became the youngest year-end World No. Young won the Australian Open junior title at age 15 to become youngest-ever and first African-American man to be ranked No. He was also the first American to win the Australian junior title and finish No. He advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon and quarterfinals at the US Open in In , he won the Wimbledon junior title and was the first American to win since Scott Humphries in Junior Championships in , after Jesse Levine forfeited in the finals due to food poisoning.
No American won the championship again until Noah Rubin in His rank rose sharply, from no. He opted to play only some of the Grand Slam tournaments in and concentrate on playing professional tournaments. In the following round, he lost a tight three-setter to Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Young then received a wild card into the main US Open draw.
This was his first career victory in a Grand Slam match. On August 30, Young won his second-round match by default. It was against heavily favored opponent Richard Gasquet of France, who had fallen ill during the tournament and officially withdrew after morning practice. Young carried the momentum into the fall, making it to the finals of four Challenger tournaments and posting an overall fall record of 21—7 on the Challenger circuit.
His talents were recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals in December , as for Young was one of 11 honored in the Century Club  There were much higher hopes for Young as he made it to the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament in Memphis.
At Indian Wells, Young made it to the third round. He defeated Bobby Reynolds in the first round. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the third round.
He lost in the first round of the French Open, then lost a close four-set match in the first round at Wimbledon against Jesse Levine. At the Canadian Open, Young won two preliminary matches to qualify for the tournament, before dropping his first-round match to Gilles Simon. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, he defeated former world no.
He came back from down a break to win the fourth set. Although the final set was tied 4—4, with the help of two key calls overturned on challenges in the last two games, Blake won.
Young won the Sacramento Challenger tournament on October 13, He played against Lleyton Hewitt who won the match. In the first round of the main draw, he was beaten by Tommy Robredo. He failed to qualify for the Thailand Open.
However, he received a Lucky Loser spot and had a first-round bye. He lost in the second round to Andreas Beck. Young played Louk Sorensen in the first round of the Calabasas Challenger and won. He then defeated Taylor Dent and won his third-round match against Luka Gregorc.
Young lost to Kevin Kim in the semifinals. Young defeated Jack Sock in the first round of the wild-card draw for the Australian Open. He then lost to Ryan Harrison in the second round. Young defeated Tim Smyczek in the first round of the Honolulu Challenger. Young then defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Robert Kendrick. He lost to Michael Russell in the semifinals as he retired. Young received a wild card into the main draw of the U. Men's Clay Championship , but lost to Kevin Anderson in the first round.
Young received a wild card into the Baton Rouge Challenger and defeated Tatsuma Ito in the first roundm but lost to Go Soeda in the second round. Young lost to Carsten Ball in the first round of the Tallahassee Challenger. He lost to Ryan Sweeting in the semifinals. Young lost to Joseph Sirianni in the first round of the Sarasota Challenger. Young defeated Leonardo Tavares in the first round of the Ojai Challenger.
Young then defeated Dayne Kelly and Luka Gregorc. He lost to Bobby Reynolds in the semifinals. Young failed to qualify for Wimbledon. Young lost to Tim Smyczek in the semifinals. Young defeated Greg Jones in the first round of the Aptos Challenger. Young lost to Marinko Matosevic in the final. Young failed to qualify for the Legg Mason. He lost to Ernests Gulbis in the first round in Cincinnati.
He advanced to the second round of the Aegon International and the Aegon Championships. He advanced to the third round in a Grand Slam for the first time in his career by defeating Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets. Young was defeated in the fourth round by Andy Murray in a rain-delayed match. At the start of October, Young triumphed over world no. Young received a wildcard into the Australian Open. He eventually made it to the third round and thus reached a ranking of 79 after the tournament.
He played one rubber and lost to Andy Murray in straight sets on clay inside Petco Park. At the U. Open, Young became a darling of the American fans en route to matching his performance by reaching the round of He notched dramatic come-from-behind victories against his first three opponents, triumphing in the third round via a thrilling five-set victory over 22nd-ranked Viktor Troicki. That year he also registered career singles victories.
At the Australian Open, he was the first round opponent for former world no.