American tennis player Donald Young will have a chance to lift his season at next week's BB&T Atlanta Open as he has been handed a wildcard into the tournament. The 28-year-old American is having one of his worst seasons ever as he has a 1-8 win/loss record at the ATP level in 2018.
Young, who started the season ranked at No. 65 in the world, has dropped to No. 232 following his disastrous results. The American hasn't had success at the Challenger level as this year as well. The 28-year-old reached the last-16 at the Sarasota Challenger in April and then lost in the first round at the Challenger events in Savannah, Ilkley and Winnetka.
Young's most recent loss came at this week's Dell Technologies Halle Of Fame Open -- where he lost in the Newport first round to Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Former world No. 38 Young has played in the Atlanta main draw seven times so far in his career.
Young, who is an Atlanta resident, reached the quarter-final at the tournament in 2016. The American was defeated by Lukas Lacko in the Atlanta last-16 a year ago. Atlanta Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez said in a statement: "The BB&T Atlanta Open has always made a commitment to the Atlanta tennis community.
Donald is part of the Atlanta tennis community and has always helped bolster our BB&T Atlanta Open, interacted with fans, and supported our partners and sponsors. He's a former top-40 player, a French Open runner-up in doubles, and has reached two ATP World Tour singles finals.
We are excited to extend him a main draw singles wildcard for 2018!" It remains to be seen will Young be able to for the first time this year win two matches in a row and make a deeper run at a tournament. Also read: Wimbledon boys' singles runner-up Jack Draper ready for bigger stage