Congratulations are in order for Donald Young, as the American has secured a wild card into the main draw of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.
The fourth event in the 2018-2019 Oracle Challenger Series is underway at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Young clinched one of the two men’s wild cards by advancing to the third round of the tournament and taking the leaderboard lead with 80 points going into his third round match against Lloyd Harris. Yong’s admirable run, coupled with several American losses yesterday, have cemented his claim to a main draw wild card into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.
Young utilized impressive performances at Oracle Challenger Series events throughout this year to steadily climb the leaderboard and put himself in position to earn a wild card this week. Participating in both the Chicago and Newport Beach events before competing in Indian Wells, he advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. In his hometown of Chicago, Young defeated No. 3 seed Vasek Pospisil and John-Patrick Smith to put on a show for his local crowd of supporters. Although he eventually fell to 2018 wild card recipient Reilly Opelka, his run in Chicago set the stage for an even more impressive performance in the penultimate Oracle Challenger Series event in Newport Beach. Just last month, Young bested a lineup of American compatriots Noah Rubin, JC Aragone and Collin Altamirano on his way to a semifinal appearance that catapulted him up the leaderboard. Finishing off his 2018-2019 Series with continued success this week in Indian Wells, Young will ride his recent wave of momentum into the BNP Paribas Open main draw.
A veteran on the ATP Tour with 15 years of experience, Young, who has been ranked as high as World No. 38, is no stranger to the BNP Paribas Open. Having competed in Indian Wells over ten times throughout his career, several of Young’s all-time highlights have come by way of his play in Tennis Paradise. In 2008, he cracked the ATP Tour top-75 for the first time by upsetting both Bobby Reynolds and No. 32 seed Feliciano Lopez before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. Young earned the biggest victory of his career at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, defeating then World No. 4 Andy Murray and propelling himself into the ATP Tour top-40. Young once again made his mark on the desert at the 2017 tournament, as he reached the quarterfinals by downing Stefan Kozlov, Sam Querrey and Lucas Pouille before falling to No. 5 Kei Nishikori. This year, he’ll be looking to capitalize on the opportunity afforded to him through the Oracle Challenger Series and have his finest performance in the desert yet.
While Young has experienced some of his greatest on-court achievements in Indian Wells, he also boasts marquee wins at Grand Slams that have helped make him a must-watch attraction at any event in which he competes. During his 2011 season, the same year in which he upset Andy Murray at the BNP Paribas Open, he had his finest career performance at a Grand Slam in reaching the fourth round at the US Open. He defeated Lukáš Lacko in the first round, No. 14 Stan Wawrinka in a thrilling five-set affair in the second round and Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets in the third. Young continued his US Open success at the 2015 tournament, matching his 2011 performance by reaching the round of 16 on the heels of several dramatic come-from-behind victories. Most notably, he triumphed in an electrifying five-set battle versus No. 22 Viktor Troicki.
Don’t miss out on watching Donald Young compete in this year’s BNP Paribas Open, as the men’s main draw action gets underway on Wednesday, March 6th.