Steve Johnson photo byAudraine Jackson for Tennis Panorama
By Audraine Jackson
Atlanta, GA USA – The BB&T Atlanta Open may be a new experience moving tennis into an urban environment but it hasn’t fared well for some local favorites as a pair of American wild cards ruled day 3 of tournament play. Nearby collegiate players made hasty exits Sunday leaving two time NCAA singles winner Steve Johnson in a position to shut down hometown favorite Donald Young winning in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Monday’s tournament activities included a salute to the US Military with a video presentation and appearances by a military Color Guard and a Wounded Warrior.
Young played below his level as his losing streak continued at 14, a serious slide after reaching as high as 38 in 2011. The timing was great for Johnson who admitted to a few nerves winning his first main draw ATP match. “The second set I had a chance to break at 2 all, I missed both returns, then he played a good game to break me. That...