After a heated exchange during his match against Ryan Harrison on Monday night, Donald Young took to social media to say he was “shocked and disappointed … to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player.”
I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match. I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport.
— Donald Young Jr (@Yimlife1313) February 13, 2018
Harrison also took to social media after Young, saying the “accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue.”
Neither player would reveal exactly what was said.
The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue. I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100% clear me and I encourage anyone with the available resources to find it.
— Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) February 13, 2018
The incident occurred during the New York Open, won by Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (4).
During a changeover, Harrison said something to the umpire, then looked in Young’s direction. After Harrison sat down, he and Young exchanged terse words, and then both players approached each other. The chair umpire stepped down, had the players go back to their respective recovery zones and then carried on a discussion with Harrison while Young just shook his head.
After the match, Young reportedly refused a handshake by Harrison, and the two again exchanged words.
“We both started at a very young age on Tour, and we’ve had pressure and expectations on ourselves for a long time,” Harrison told reporters after the match. “I’ve been very fortunate to have fought through a lot of the adversity. Donald is trying to fight through the adversity, trying to break back into where he wants to be.
“If that happened on a football field, everyone would laugh and say ’15-yard penalty’ and move on. You move forward and try to take it in stride. At the end of the day, you see everybody, you like everybody and you want to be friends and friendly with everybody, but everybody out here I compete against, even the ones I like, they are the ones trying to take away my livelihood. I have to do what I can to get through, and I was proud of myself for doing that.”