Stan Wawrinka vs Donald Young ATP Washington D.C tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Wawrinka takes on Young in Washington opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP 29 Jul 2018
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Donald Young is live from Washington on Monday, 30 July from 8:30pm local time/ 1:30am BST (Tuesday morning)
  • Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 3-1, and has won the last three meetings
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Washington at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
Stan Wawrinka. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Still seeking his best form since his return from multiple knee surgeries, three-time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka opens his Washington campaign on Monday, when he takes on American, Donald Young.

Up until that fateful first round exit at Wimbledon last season, Wawrinka had actually compiled a decent year, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and the final at Indian Wells and Roland Garros, and winning the Geneva title, but his knee, which had bothered him at different points in those opening six months, finally caved in at Wimbledon, where the Swiss fell to Daniil Medvedev in the opening round. He underwent multiple surgeries after that; and wouldn’t play again for the rest of the year.

Wawrinka made a stuttering return to the tour in January, playing just four tournaments, and a handful of matches before going on another extended break. He did warn before his Australian Open comeback that he wasn’t particularly confident in the knee, and that he was just trying to see how it would hold up and build some fitness afterwards, but it didn’t particularly turn out well. The former world number three won his comeback match against Ricardas Berankis; but crashed to Tennys Sandgren in the second round. The 33-year-old then reached an encouraging semi-final in Sofia, but that was followed by successive opening round defeats in Rotterdam and Marseille, the latter via a retirement against Ilya Ivashka. That prompted another extended break, as Wawrinka would not be on court again until the Rome Masters, three months after that Marseille retirement. This second comeback is yet to really get going, as “Stan The Man” hasn’t won consecutive matches in his six tournaments since Rome, falling in the opening rounds in Rome, Roland Garros and Eastbourne, and reaching the second rounds in Geneva, Queen’s and Wimbledon, where he scored a noteworthy victory over Grigor Dimitrov before bowing to Thomas Fabbiano.

Given the stop-start nature of his comeback, perhaps it would have served him better had he given the knee a bit more time to recover? Of course, I say that with the benefit of hindsight. Not the time for regrets now obviously, as the world number 201 looks to get his career back on track. Wawrinka is playing the Citi Open for the first time since 2010, and he will hope to do better than the 6-1 6-3 opening round loss he suffered against David Nalbandian back then, when he takes on Donald Young on Monday.


Once a promising youngster, Donald Young hasn’t quite lived up to those expectations, and has tumbled out of the top 200 after a poor first half of the season. 

The left-hander is paying the price for failing to defend the points he had accrued from a fine first half in 2017. Young had a really good spell at the start of last season, reaching consecutive ATP World Tour semi-finals in Memphis and Delray Beach, and making the fourth round in successive Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells and Miami, breaking back into the top 50 as a result. He couldn’t maintain that level for the rest of the year, but still finished the year at No. 61 in the world.

Young needed a steady start to 2018 to avoid a sharp drop, but he had the complete opposite, winning just one of his first nine matches, and falling at the first hurdles in Auckland, the Australian Open, New York, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami and Houston. His only win in that spell was against Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round at Delray Beach. He lost to Evgeny Donskoy in the second round. By the end of Indian Wells, Young had fallen out of the world’s top 100 for the first time since November 2013.

The slide continued as he failed to qualify for Roland Garros and Wimbledon, while his attempt at Challengers didn’t yield much joy either, as he won just one match between Sarasota, Savannah, Ilkley and Winnetka. Basically, he won just the one tour-level match in the opening half of the year; and was out of the top 200 by the start of July. Young finally doubled his win tally for the season in Atlanta, beating Ivo Karlovic in a third-set tie break, but he was back to losing in the second round, falling to Matthew Ebden. He needed a bit of qualifying luck to get into Washington, scraping through after Jason Jung retired hurt in the third set of their qualifying contest.

Stan Wawrinka may be struggling, but the irony is that he has won triple the number of tour-level matches Young has won this season- a damning analysis of the current state of the American’s game.

Wawrinka suffered a five-set loss to Young in their first ever meeting at the 2011 US Open, but the Swiss has responded with three straight wins, all on hard courts. This should ideally be a difficult match for Wawrinka, and it could still be, but given the state of Young’s game at the moment, this is a big opportunity for the Swiss to notch up another win, as he continues his search for form, fitness and confidence following a difficult period with his knee.

Stan Wawrinka vs Donald Young is live from Washington on Monday, 30 July from 8:30pm local time/ 1:30am BST (Tuesday morning)
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Stan Wawrinka vs Donald Young ATP Washington D.C tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Wawrinka takes on Young in Washington opener

Stan Wawrinka continues his comeback from knee surgery when he takes on Donald Young on in Washington on Monday. Can the Swiss take out the out-of-sorts American? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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