Transitioning to the clay was tricky for Young, as he failed to pick up a singles win. However, in doubles, he recorded his most significant result as a pro.
Partnering with doubles specialist Santiago Gonzalez, the unseeded duo reached the final in Roland Garros. With that result, Young became only the fourth African-American male in the history of the sport to make a Grand Slam final, following Arthur Ashe, MaliVai Washington and Bryan Shelton.
The hype machine that surrounds any American prospect would have had people believe that more Slam finals before then was a near certainty for Young. After all, he won two Grand Slam singles titles as a junior and was the youngest year-end world No. 1, reaching the junior pinnacle just a few months past his 16th birthday in 2005.
Young had turned professional the year before, which many considered to be too soon. A shot-maker who could baffle his opponents in the juniors, Young found most matchups to be a struggle as a professional early on. And it was only a matter of time before the wild cards and lavish sponsorships started to dry up. Still, though, he managed to creep his way up the rankings and make for some memorable moments. In 2011, he defeated Andy Murray in Indian Wells and had that fourth-round showing at the U.S. Open, where he beat Stan Wawrinka in a fifth-set tiebreak in the second round.
Early the next year, Young reached his career-high in the rankings at No. 38. But shortly afterward, the losing set in. But perseverance has been a strong suit for the American, and he steadily turned things around on the Challenger circuit the next few years, sprinkling in some main-draw wins. By 2015, Young reached his second career singles final, losing in Delray Beach to Karlovic.