In a three-set tiebreak victory over World No. 267 Thai-Son Kwiatowski, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), World No. 214 Donald Young kepts his wild card hopes very much alive. By securing a second round appearance at Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells, Young is guaranteed at least 5 ranking points which, when added to his current total of 70, places him even with fellow Americans Roy Smith and Reilly Opelka, neither of whom are playing the Indian Wells event.
Kwiatowski broke Young to take an early lead, eventually claiming the first set. But, despite 10 double faults, Young fought back to swiftly take the second set before the two settled in for battle in the closely contested third set that led to a tiebreak. This time it was Young who broke early, riding that momentum into the second round.
A seasoned player who has spent 15 years on the ATP Tour, Young, who was once ranked as high as World No. 38, is no stranger to the BNP Paribas Open and hopes to capitalize on Oracle’s unique tournament format to earn himself a wild card.
Young has had impressive showings at Oracle Challenger Series events this Series, appearing in the quarterfinals in his hometown of Chicago and the semifinals in Newport Beach last month.
Up next for Young is number 10 seed and World No. 122, Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland. Young and Laaksonen met in Basel in 2015 with Young claiming the match in three sets.