Mix Feelings ....

 

Donaldson trip sparks Mix Feelings ....

For most winning 3 or 4 matches at a level one super national, (Clay court Nationals, and Hard Court Nationals, two of the four Grand Slams of Junior Tennis), would be a great accomplishment. But for Jared Donaldson, even though this is his first year in this age group, ranked already in the top 12 in the country, it is expected of him to be at least in the final eight, if not better.

    While at Clay Courts he beat arguably one of the best in the country in the 14’s Deighton Baughman, and lost in the round of 16’s to clay court specialist Javier Restrepo in 3 tight sets, at the Hard Courts, he was on a collision course to meet the # 1 seed in the quarters, but got Stunned by a very resilient Nick Cable from Washington, who after a 4 hour epic match managed to beat Jared 6-3 in the third (Jared did have 2 match points).

    He did manage to make the final 8 and the final 4 in doubles respectively, but at the end it served as a small consolation price, as he came a couple of points from winning the two singles matches that stirred him away from his goal, and leaves him with some valuable lessons that will for sure make him a better player in the future. You can Follow Jared’s road to success on Twitter at Jared M Donaldson.