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Donald Young: “I maybe didn't work as hard as I could have and gotten better and trained harder”

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TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 29th of May 2014. D. Young d. F. Lopez 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. An interview with Donald Young

 

Q. It seems a little bit out of nowhere, you haven’t played too much on clay, haven’t had much success here. Now you’re in the third round, played a quality player straight sets. Talk a little bit about what’s going on.

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, it feels good. I have been playing well all year, but I didn’t play much on clay, so it wasn’t like I had a chance to maybe lose a little confidence on clay or know what’s playing well and what’s not playing well. I mean, I played last week and lost in the quallies. The guy played really well, kind of slapped me off the court.

I didn’t take it too negative because it was my first tournament on clay, I won a couple of matches, that was the goal.

To beat a quality player like Feliciano is awesome as well. And definitely to be in the third round is something I’ve never done. I have actually never won a match outside of the U.S. on red clay. So to win two here at the French Open, it means a lot.

 

Q. How much do you actually play on clay? I mean, in the U.S. there is a push to build more clay courts and to practice more on it. But how much are you actually exposed to it regularly?

DONALD YOUNG: Green clay, it’s what we have. It’s definitely not the same. It’s not close.

I played three challengers on green clay in the States, but I don’t get to play on it often. I kind of try to stay away from it, to be honest.

When I get on it, it’s all right. It just takes a little time to get used to it. The green is definitely different from the red, and I prefer the red to the green.

And we don’t have that at home except for Houston. It’s not exactly the same as this.

 

Q. I kind of wanted to ask you about your years in Chicago. Looked up a quote from Obama that said, Let me tell you something, I’m from Chicago, I don’t break. Just talk about your years there, tennis in Chicago. Does that help you in some way? Or just talk about it.

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, I mean, that’s where the foundation was laid for my tennis was in Chicago. I was there from birth to 14. So, I mean, most of my tennis and strokes and learning was there.

Being from there, it’s awesome being from there. The weather, I don’t miss. The people, I do.

But, yeah, Chicago is a great city. Yeah. That’s just where my start was. So I will definitely have a lot of fond memories from there.

 

Q. Taylor Townsend had a big breakout here. Talk about when you first met her, and that’s probably earlier than anyone else at this tournament.

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, I have known her since she was born, since she was just in the cradle and all that. I would be over there. Her mom would    couple times I was sick. I had to go over there after like school, and my dad was working. I’d go over there.

Definitely I have known her forever. I seen her grow up and it’s great to see her playing well and winning matches. And to be at this level, it’s awesome. I’m really excited for her.

 

Q. What’s the connection? How did the families know each other?

DONALD YOUNG: Well, my parents and her parents have been friends since before I was born, and they were born obviously    my parents started her playing tennis. They were like the first coaches and kind of worked like that, and they were always around.

It’s almost like    it’s more of, her and her sisters, are mother like brother/sister type thing, yeah, than friends because I have known them forever.

 

Q. Do you have any thoughts why it hasn’t happened? Do you think like you were, you know, too much hype around you or things like that? Any thoughts on that?

DONALD YOUNG: Hindsight is 20/20. The hype came because at the time I was doing things no one else had done. It’s the first for everything. You don’t know how to deal with, the first for everyone around.

Looking at it again, you might do some things different, but, you know, I can’t do it now. If I had it over to do again, I probably would do a few things different.

 

Q. About the match today, what do you think was really working for you? He seemed pretty frustrated. What were your keys today?

DONALD YOUNG: I think I served pretty well. I kept him off balance quite a bit and was able to get it high to his backhand. He has a one hand, so it’s a little tougher above the shoulders. Moved him well, and I took my opportunities and was quite aggressive until that one game at 5 4 in the second. I got a little nervous.

 

Q. You said if you had it to do over again you might do a few things differently. Could you tell us what those things are?

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah. You know, at one time I was a lot better than a lot of my peers and you can rest on your laurels a little bit. I maybe didn’t work as hard as I could have and gotten better and trained harder.

Definitely seeing the way the outcome was, I would have taken a few fewer wildcards to tour events, ATP Tour, taken a couple, like the ones I won, like Kalamazoo to get into the Open, I would have taken those for sure. Everyone who wins that tournament gets the opportunity to do that.

Definitely, and, work harder, maybe go somewhere just to, kind of like a college environment, not college but somewhere they train year round, a bunch of people trying to do the same thing as well on a more regular basis.

Apart from that, I wouldn’t change anything.

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Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.

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Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.

 

The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told atptour.com. “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.

 

 

 

 

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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.

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Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.

 

The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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