It was a night of incredible tennis by Barbados’ Darian King, who fought hard but still fell to Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Ranked 168th, King played the game of his life against the #4 seeded Zverev, who at 20 years old, is the youngest tennis player in the World Top 10.
But he did not have it easy going up against the 25-year-old Bajan ace. King and Zrevev closed off the Opening Night of the US Open with a thrilling nail-biter at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Zverev made it through a tight first set and eventually wrested control for a 7-6 (9), 7-5, 6-4 victory over King – the first player from Barbados to participate in the main draw at any Grand Slam tournament.
The first set was the second-closest first set in the Men’s Singles for the day and at several points during the match, King had the upper hand. In the first set, though the first point went to Zverev, King was up 2-1 and he consolidated the break to take a 3-1 lead.
The second set was no walk in the park for Zrevev either, as it took 11 games for him to snatch the first service break of the set to lead 6-5. He won the second set 7-5.
The third set went to Zverev 6-4 and it was all over just around 2:15 a.m. Barbados time.
On social media Barbadians and other people from the Caribbean were locked to their televisions and live streams as they stayed the course with King from just after 11 p.m. into the wee hours of this morning.
Though King may have lost the match, he won many hearts the world over and left his name echoing in the minds of many tennis enthusiasts who considered him an unknown before last night.
Yet again, Darian King has made history.