Donald Young might want to call Vincent Spadea for a little pick-me-up chat.
When Young lost his Rogers Cup first-round match 3-6, 7-6, 6-0 to journeyman pro Jeremy Chardy Monday, it extended his losing streak to an eye-popping 16 matches, just five off the record held by Spadea.
The 23-year-old American hasn’t won for nearly six months. Not a single match. The last time Young, a woeful 2-19 on the year, won was against Grigor Dimitrov in Memphis last February.
Young is inching towards a dubious mark held by Spadea, who lost a 21 straight on the ATP Tour between 1999 and 2000 but bounced back to salvage a respectable career.
“It’s not exciting, it’s not the best time of my career at all, by any means,” a clearly frustrated Young said. “It happens — not to everybody — but it’s happened to people and I have to find a way to get out of it.