By Stefan Anderson
In a sport solely dominated by foreigners, it has been a struggle for Americans to conquer Tennis. Each year we witness one get close to reaching that point but consistently fall short of the accomplishment. It is even more rare to see African- American males become a part of the conversation and this weekend it was exciting to see Donald Young have his chance.
Donald Young, the current 38th ranked player in the ATP, was capturing the crowds of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the US Open this past weekend. Young was able to pull some late game heroics after being down two sets in his first and third round matchups but returned to conquer his opponents.
Young was unable to keep his winning alive after to falling to Stan Wawrinka in his quarterfinal match. But a performance like this can help spark 26 year-old’s career that has yet surpass the 3rd round in any of his grand slam matchups.
Not only is Young reviving classic brands like Boast, but he could serve as a role model for young African American men to involve themselves in the world of Tennis.
We have seen the dominance of Serena and Venus Williams on the women’s side, but have not seen a African American male do so since the like of James Blake, who went on to obtain a Comeback Player of the Year award, become an Olympic semi-finalist and earn a career-high top 10 ranking in 2006.
For young African-African Americans, it would be a sight to see Donald Young help to fill that void and inspire more to aspire to become dominant in the sports other the big 3 that are focused on in the United States.