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Donald Young "Unstrung"

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Contact: Ayona Anderson

The Axis Agency





ATLANTA -- September 8, 2008 -- Donald Young, a 19-year-old rising African-American tennis player, gives back to Atlanta tennis community fresh off an exciting stretch at the U.S. Open. The Sunset Showtime is a charitable event with a special fundraiser, movie screening and tennis exhibition held on September 10, 2008, in the Georgia Tech Tennis Center. This first-time screening of "Unstrung", the ESPN-produced and critically acclaimed documentary, features Donald Young and highlights the unique and exciting U.S. Hardcourts Championship.

"I’m really excited about the "Unstrung" movie. I have gained lots of valuable experience from playing with some of the best players in the sport and I'm glad to share that in this movie," said Young. "My parents and I started Tennis in Motion to try and help kids find strength and power through tennis. We hope to give back to aspiring kids in the Atlanta community and nationwide."

A resident of Atlanta, Young is currently ranked No. 102 in the world and John Isner, the 2007 NCAA Singles finalist and former University of Georgia All-American will play a pro set exhibition at the event. The event tickets are $100 and benefiting the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation and the Tennis in Motion Academy. Tennis in Motion Academy was started by the Young family to help aspiring kids have meaningful experience with tennis as taught by the entire Young family: father, mother and son.

Most recently, Young competed in the U.S. Open for the third consecutive year. He enjoyed an epic battle with fellow American James Blake, the ATP #1 player from the U.S., forcing him to five sets before falling in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday, Aug. 25. This transcending match was especially moving with two of sports rising African-American tennis players' playing together for the first time in the legendary Arthur Ashe tennis stadium.

For more information on this event and ticket purchases, please call 239-593-3900.

Donald Young

Donald Young started playing professional tennis in 2004 and a year later was the youngest year-end world number tennis player on in the ITF junior rankings. He is now a 19-year-old rising African-American tennis player and the youngest player in the ATP Top 100. His major career achievements include: winner of the Junior Australian Open in 2005, Junior Wimbledon in 2007, two-time winner of the USTA Junior Boys Hardcourt Championships in Kalamazoo (2005 and 2006), winner of the ATP Challenger event in Aptos, California (2007), and an ITF Futures event in Little Rock, Arkansas (2007). Donald Young, Jr. was born July 23, 1989 to Donald Sr. and Illona Young in the South Side of Chicago. He now resides in Atlanta with his family where they have started a tennis academy, Tennis in Motion, to teach children the values in playing tennis. He also gives back to the community by participating in tennis clinics like, USTA, Pilot Pen and First Serve, which uses tennis to empower youth with positive values and experiences. He is managed by Octagon, a worldwide sports management and marketing company. For more information on Donald Young visit www.octagon.com.

About The Axis Agency

Axis is a leading multicultural marketing agency with bilingual and bicultural marketing professionals in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas. Axis creates a connection between the general market and the Hispanic, African American and Asian markets by combining strategy, creativity and diversity in strategic planning, public relations, marketing communications and visual communications. Axis is a unit of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which is among the world's largest advertising and marketing services organizations. For more information, visit www.theaxisagency.com.


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