Young suffers shock loss
Olympian fails to build on first-set rout
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 6:59am
Donald Young: Lost to Michael Russell in three sets
Seventh seed Donald Young was the highest-profile casualty on the first day of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island.
Young, who has been selected for the American team for the Olympics, lost to compatriot Michael Russell 1-6 6-1 6-4.
Young cruised through the first set but his opponent surged back to take the second.
And though Young saved three match points in the third, he could not stop his compatriot progressing.
Young's US team-mate Ryan Harrison, the sixth seed, was also stretched but came through his match with Ruben Bemelmans 7-6 (10/8) 6-7 (5/7) 7-5.
Another American, Jack Sock, made it through to the second round by beating Russia's Igor Kunitsyn in three sets, while 2007 runner-up Nicolas Mahut beat Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli 6-0 7-6 (7-2).
In the day's other games Olivier Rochus beat Japan's Go Soeda 6-4 3-6 6-3, while Dudi Sela beat Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-0 6-2.