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Donald Young: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Donald Young at the 2009 US Open

What he said:

"I think everyone’s light turns on at their own time. I’m starting to feel like mine is turning on."

Donald Young, once labelled the ‘next big thing’ of American tennis, feels that he’s a late bloomer, much like Mardy Fish. Young is 22 and was the youngest ever junior Grand Slam winner at 15—before Bernard Tomic—winning the Australian Open in 2005. Young beat Lukas Lacko in straight sets to make it to the second round of the US Open.

What he really meant:

“I need more electricity. Can I find it here at the US Open?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Until now, I was a light bulb without a filament.Cold.Dead.”

Otto, the German Shepherd, analyses the US Open men’s draw


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga US Open 2009

My dog, Otto the German Shepherd, is a tennis nut.

“You haven’t analysed the men’s draw for the US Open. Today’s the 27th and the tournament begins on the 29th.” pestered Otto.

“I know. I’ve just been a little wrapped up in other things.” I reply, tiredly.

“But you have to do the men’s draw. That’s like manna for tennis followers.” insists Otto.

“Oh, I’m sure, they are multiple draw analyses floating around the internet. The smart ones can visit USOpen.org and figure it out themselves.” I attempt to fob off my companion.

“But that’s not the point, is it? It’s good for you too. You can’t follow the US Open without delving into the draw. It’s like going into a dark night without a torch.” Otto is a member of the local debate club.

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer progress in contrasting styles: Djokovic, Murray and Soderling lurk in the wings


Rafael Nadal

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Sunday evening and it’s seven days into the 2011 Australian Open.

The spotlight remains focused on the rivalry for the ages. Federer and Nadal are on course for a shoot-out on Sunday, the 30th of January.

That is, if the drama on court plays out as the script their fans envision.

The No.1 and No.2 seeds have taken different routes to the much expected showdown.

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