17-Year Old Jared Donaldson Finding Out He Belongs at US Open Qualifying
Added by Dave Schatz on August 23, 2013.
Jared Donaldson, 17 year old from Rhode Island.
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the US Open Tennis qualifying tournament began at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows, New York. Young pros from around the world compete for a place in the main draw (Monday, August 26 – Monday, September 9th) during this four day mini-tournament that is, thankfully, free; the grounds are open to the public – both to enjoy many tennis matches and honor the long awaited, end of summer tradition – the US Open.
CBS Sports Network will cover many of the live tennis matches taking place during the qualifying tournament, on all four days.
Jared Donaldson, a positive and well composed 17-year-old from Rhode Island (he also trains in Argentina) knocked off 27-year-old, Farrukh Dustov, of Uzbekistan, in first round men’s qualifying singles. He was completely undaunted by rather hot-humid conditions, on court 13, after dropping the first set, (4-6, 6-4, 6-3).
This year is Donaldson’s first US Open. He started playing tennis at age four, participated in other sports as well, then focused only on tennis by the time he was eight, said his mother, who was in attendance to cheer him on.
In round 2 (scheduled for Thursday afternoon on court 7) Donaldson will face yet another more experienced opponent, 29th ranked, Illya Marchenko (Ukraine). It surely will be his most important match to date – Marchenko has seen first or second round action (singles) in all four major Grand Slam events, since 2010, at least once.
I asked Donaldson what he found toughest about his very first US Open match:
“Getting the belief of knowing that I could win and believing that I could win the match. I think that was the toughest part,” he said. “I think tennis wise we were about even – I played really, really well – but the toughest thing was believing I got in the match and holding serve, because I served really, really well in that match.”