Men's tennis in the U.S. has been struggling for years, and 22-year-old Chicago native Donald Young as been one of the few prospects to show flashes of serious potential in the last several years, but Young was eliminated in the first round of the 2012 French Open on Tuesday. He fell in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria , 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-1, and struggled to find a rhythm after losing a close first set. Despite his previous success against Dimitrov at the R. M. Keegan Championship in February, Young couldn't harness the high balls and then started taking unwarranted risks on shots in the back end of the match.
Young missed a volley at 3-1 in the first set, and he couldn't quite get himself back into form after that shot, as he told reporters after the match (via John Martin of the New York Times):
"I hit a good serve and I missed a volley pretty badly in the net and he kind of freed up. When you have a three-point lead in the tiebreaker you kind of swing a little freer."
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