Young willing to play Challengers to rebuild ranking

Thursday, February 14, 2013 /by

Donald Young, who ended 2012 with a 5-24 record, discusses how he is trying to deal with his downfall. He is currently ranked No. 202 after reaching a career year-end ranking of No. 39 in 2011.

This season, the 23-year-old has won two rounds of qualifying in Brisbane, two at the Australian Open and then three in San Jose, but he has yet to win a an ATP main draw match.

Michael Russell defeated him 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of San Jose. Young may not get in the qualifying at Memphis next week due to his low ranking, but says he is willing to play Challengers.

“I put 2012 out of my mind. I already won more matches this year than I’ve won all of last year,” Young said. “I can’t really tell you what happened. You start losing and it spirals down and I won a few matches at the end of the year, but it wasn't enough. It was awful and I choose not think about cause when I do, a lot of bad memories come back.”

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