|Donald Young of the U.S. reacts after losing a point to Jamie Baker of Britain during their men's singles tennis match at the Eastbourne tournament in Eastbourne, southern England June 18, 2012. (Dylan Martinez/REUTERS)
TORONTO - 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.
"You keep playing, fighting, competing. I'm a good enough player that some point I'm going to win. Hopefully sooner rather than later," he added. "You try not to think about it but I would be lying if I said I didn't."
Young admits he's not keeping track of his record.
"People say, 'This is the 10th, 11th (loss).' I don't really want to know and I haven't been reading anything online lately because it doesn't help," he said.
Clearly, Chardy hasn't been following Young's travails either. The Frenchman pleaded ignorance about Young's losing streak.
When told the number, he expressed more surprise than sympathy.
"Oh, 16 is a lot," the Frenchman said, eyes widening. "I didn't know that. I think 16, it's tough for him because when you start to lose every match you lose your confidence."
So, monsieur, have you ever experienced anything like that in your career?
"I don't know. I prefer to forget it," Chardy said with a laugh.
No doubt Young would, too, if he could.