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« on: February 07, 2005, 02:01:11 PM »
Young plays tonight for the first time on the pro tour.  He plays Ginepri.  I have no clue how this match will turn out, but I would like ti see it.  I have not seen Young play yet.  He is only 15.

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2005, 03:28:30 PM »
I saw another article on this young man recently that focused on his perfectionism.  I think that Roddick and Blake's words are very wise and hope that he'll develop a little patience to go along with his skills.  It'll be fun watching a new lefty-just hope we won't see that Johnny-Mac style temperament to go along with the ability.  He has a few years yet before we all start pinning our "next big thing" labels on him.

Is his match televised anywhere?

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2005, 05:47:34 PM »
That would be what I want to know, I would love to see this match.  But knowing ESPN, they will be showing reruns of some poker or fishing, because those are true sports. lol
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2005, 07:52:04 AM »
Young lost 2-6, 2-6 in the first round.  He is 15 yeras old, so he has time.  Should be neat to see how well he can do.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2005, 03:11:33 PM »
I saw Donald Young at the qualifying tournament at the US Open last year.  He was quite lanky and a bit awkward but a lot had to do with his young age.  He has a decent forehand but will need a few more years to grow into his body and develop.  (I love watching lefties play, too.)

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2005, 03:13:07 PM »
Lefties rule!  (Yes I am a southpaw).
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2005, 03:52:56 PM »
Word is -- Young lost 2 & 2 :(. Heard that he jsut wasn't all there mentally --

Who's to say that merits anything with the remainder of his career tho? He's still got plenty of maturing to do and he's definitely got the talent. I hope to see him do well eventually -- like so many other have said, give him time to grow.

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2005, 08:01:05 PM »
I checked out the match stats for his Aussie Open Juniors win, and his serve is a dog.  He needs to add some freakin' pace to that thing because a top 100 pro is going to eat that shiznick up.  

And I'm still thinking he's going to sprout up to 6'2" by the time he's 19.  

Really, if you think about it, a 15 year old losing to Ginepri 6-2, 6-2 is encouraging.  Maybe Hewitt could have beaten him at age 15... and maybe Agassi... but maybe nobody else.  

He's the youngest number 1 junior ever.  Tons of potential.  It's just a matter of if any of his shots are going to develop into a real pro weapon.  

BUT, even without weapons Rios made it to number 1.  If Young is that type of player -- one with just an uncanny court sense and incredible shot making ability -- he could be top 10 without a preemptive weapon.

I'm anxious to see him develop.

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2005, 08:07:59 PM »
Quote from: "MC ill Logic"

  If Young is that type of player -- one with just an uncanny court sense and incredible shot making ability -- he could be top 10 without a preemptive weapon.


Good one MC ill Logic,

But if I was that type of player, I could be top 10.  :;:-|

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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2005, 09:55:21 PM »
The score was not great last night, but I heard there were several very close games.

Yeah, a leftie! Seems there are not as many these days (especially on the women's side).

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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2005, 10:03:10 PM »
Good point sh, very few on the WTA.  Off hand, I cannot think of any.
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2005, 10:05:44 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2005, 10:14:19 PM »
Whatever happened to Scoville Jenkins?  Did Roddick's whipping at the US Open set him back?
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2005, 10:32:05 PM »
Jenkins got into the US Open by virtue of winning the Nationals.  He's nowhere near the prospect Donald Young is.  At no point during his match with Roddick did I catch a glimpse of greater potential.  He just seemed totally out of his league.  Probably couldn't have even won a set in the qualies.

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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2005, 10:31:27 AM »
Some more left-handed 'women' players:

Melinda Czink
Anca Barna
Iveta Benesova
Emelie Loit
Jelena Kostanic

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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2005, 10:32:13 AM »
Oops!  Forgot Monica Seles (even though she has been off the tour for quite some time).