A few months ago, Pete Sampras was beating Donald Young in a groundstroke game, of all things, and trash-talking. Repeat: Young, a 21-year old groundstroker and one-time hope of American tennis, was losing to a nearly 40-year old legend at what should be the worst part of his game.
“He calls me `Princess,’ ’’ Young said. “And he talks a lot of stuff. . .I didn’t know whether to take it seriously or not.’’
Take it seriously, Donald. Sampras was joking, but the best jokes carry some truth with them.
Young was the talk of the first week at Indian Wells after his breakthrough win over Andy Murray, 7-5, 6-3. For the first time, we were able to see Young at the top level of tennis, fighting as if he belongs.
So where does Donald Young stand now? What does he take from Indian Wells?
Think about this: We have been hearing about him for years, but this was the first time it was for beating somebody.Continue reading