There was a time, not even that long ago, when Donald Young was "The Next Big Thing." The kid from Chicago, skewed hat and all, was the future of American tennis, the Venus or the Serena on the men's side of the sport. Everyone, including legends like John McEnroe and Jim Courier, projected him to be great. Like great-great. And everyone, including legends like John McEnroe and Jim Courier, and the suits at Nike that drew up Young's enormous endorsement deal, were wrong. They were all wrong. It's 2013 and Young never reached the bar, that incredibly high bar, that was set for him. He is now known as the guy who peaked too early, the guy with a 17-match losing streak in 2012.
But Donald Young showed flashes of greatness in his opening round match this afternoon against 46th-ranked Martin Klizan. And by showed flashes of greatness, I mean he pummeled Klizan throughout the entire match, winning 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. That's a jaw-dropping scoreline for you, folks. Holy beatdown.
Young advances to face the Mayer/Monaco winner in the second round of the Open. If he can win that one, he'll likely meet an old foe in Andy Murray in the third round of the tournament. Murray sent Young home from his best run at Flushing Meadows, in the fourth round in 2011.
Does Young still have another Open run in him?
We're about to find out.