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Ryan Harrison (tennis)

November 4, 2019


Ryan Harrison is an American
professional tennis player. Part of a new generation of American players, his
game fits the pattern, technically and strategically, of previous Bollettieri
professionals, relying on a powerful attacking forehand and explosive serve
to dominate play from the baseline. Considered a journeyman on the ATP Tour,
Harrison reached an ATP ranking high of number 43 on July 16, 2012, but, with
the exception of a few weeks’ rankings, had fallen out of the top 100 by the
middle of 2013. Pegged as the next big star of American tennis after his
standout junior career, he has yet to break through in a Grand Slam, losing to
top players in key early round matches and unable to reach the third round in
any Grand Slam. Tennis career
=Juniors=As a junior Harrison compiled a 60–24
win/loss record in singles, reaching as high as No. 7 in the world.
Junior Slam results: Australian Open: SF
French Open: 3R Wimbledon: 2R
US Open: 3R Before he went to the junior circuit,
Ryan trained at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX. His first
Junior Grand Slam was the 2007 US Open, where as a wildcard, at the age of 15,
he lost in the first round to a qualifier. Going into the next Grand
Slam, the 2008 Australian Open, he was seeded fourth, and lose to Yang
Tsung-hua in the semi-finals. Harrison failed to produce in the next three
Grand Slams, losing in the third round of the 2008 French Open, the second
round in 2008 Wimbledon, and the third round in the 2008 US Open, a competition
in which his younger brother Christian also competed. Although at this point
Harrison was only 16, and as such was eligible to play juniors for another two
years, it would be his final Junior Grand slam.
=Early career=Harrison is notable for being the
third-youngest player since 1990, after Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal, to
have won an ATP level match, defeating world no. 130 Pablo Cuevas in the 2008
U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships. Entering the tournament as a qualifier
ranked no. 1000, he was only the tenth player in the history of the ATP Tour to
have won a match before turning 16. This puts Harrison among an elite group, and
makes him the youngest American to accomplish this feat since Michael
Chang. Harrison played mainly futures tournaments in order to increase his
ranking. Harrison competed in the qualifying tournament for the 2008
Cincinnati Masters, and the 2008 US Open, but lost in the first round in
both. Harrison would finish 2008 ranked no. 742 in singles.
=2009=Harrison did not compete in any
tournaments until late April in 2009. As a wildcard, he made it to the
quarter-finals of a Challenger tournament in Sarasota. In June,
Harrison would win his first futures title, defeating another rising star
Filip Krajinović in the final. Having not defended the points from the Clay
Court Championships, these points took Harrison’s ranking to 706. Harrison
would again try his luck in both the Cincinnati and US Open qualifying, and
once again lost in the first round in both. After this, Harrison went to two
consecutive Futures finals, losing the first to Michael McClune, and winning
the second against Richard Bloomfield. This would put Harrison’s ranking at 371
in the world. Directly after that final, Harrison made it to the semi-finals of a
Challenger tournament in Sacramento, losing to Jesse Levine. Harrison would
finish the year ranked 364.=2010=
Harrison played in a playoff against other Americans to decide who would
receive America’s wildcard into the 2010 Australian Open. Harrison defeated Alex
Kuznetsov and Donald Young in two sets, before defeating Jesse Levine in three
straight sets. Once in the draw, Harrison lost in the first round to
Janko Tipsarević in straight sets. At this point Harrison began competing in
some bigger tournaments. First he received a wildcard into the 2010 SAP
Open, where he lost to eventual semifinalist Denis Istomin in the first
round. Next Harrison went through qualifying to face John Isner in the
first round of the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Harrison lost in
straight sets to the eventual finalist. Afterwards Harrison went through
qualifying in the 2010 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships,
before losing to eventual champion Ernests Gulbis in the first round.
Harrison received a wildcard for the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, where he defeated
Taylor Dent in the first round, before losing to the eventual winner Ivan
Ljubičić. Having lost early, Harrison competed in the BMW Tennis Championship
where he lost first round, and then after receiving another wildcard into
the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open lost in the first round to Michaël Llodra. Harrison
played in a few challengers afterwards without any major results. On May 19,
now ranked 263 in the world, Harrison entered the qualifying tournament for
the 2010 French Open, after having lost in the final of the US Wildcard Playoff
to Ryan Sweeting. Harrison lost in the final round of qualifying to Stefano
Galvani. Harrison competed in the prestigious Queen’s Championship with
the likes of Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal, but would lose in the first round
to Jesse Levine. Next Harrison would compete in Wimbledon Qualifying, but
would lose in the first round to up and coming Lithuanian star Ričardas
Berankis. Having not gained any points on his favourite surface, Harrison
decided to compete in the 2010 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He defeated
sixth seed Karol Beck 6–1, 6–2 before defeating seventeen-year-old Denis Kudla
7–5, 7–6. He then lost to Richard Bloomfield of Great Britain by a score
of 5–7, 7–6, 7–5. Immediately after the tournament, he rose in the South African
Airways ATP Rankings to a career-high of #220.
Harrison qualified for the US Open and defeated the 15th seed Ivan Ljubičić in
the first round for his first win in a Grand Slam tournament. In the second
round, Harrison fell to Sergey Stakhovsky in a grueling 5-setter 3–6,
7–5, 6–3, 3–6, 6–7 after failing to convert 3 match points when up 6–3 in
the fifth set tiebreak. He opted to stay in the U.S. instead of
heading to Asia and trying to qualify into main tour events. He had a
relatively successful fall on the Challenger tour, making the final in
Tiburon, the quarterfinals in Calabasas, the second round in Charlottesville, and
the second round in Bratislava where he defeated ATP #93 Dustin Brown 4–6, 7–6,
6–3.=2011=
Harrison lost to Adrian Mannarino in straight sets in the first round of the
2011 Australian Open. Harrison won the 2011 Honolulu
Challenger beating Alex Kuznetsov in the finals. He won the doubles title as
well. He ousted 22nd-seeded Guillermo García-López in the second round of the
2011 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, as a wild card. In the third
round, he defeated Canadian up-and-comer Milos Raonic in a tight three-setter to
set up a fourth-round confrontation with World No. 3 Roger Federer, which
Harrison lost with the final score of 6–7, 3–6.
At the 2011 French Open, Robin Söderling beat Harrison, but the young American
was able to take a set off the two-time French Open finalist with the a final
score of 6–1, 6–7, 6–3, 7–5. His next tournament was Queen’s in London where
he was given a wild card. However, he lost in the first round to Michael
Berrer in three close sets, 6–7, 6–2, 5–7. He then competed in the qualifying
competition for Wimbledon, in which he reached the final round but lost in five
sets to Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 3–6, 5–7, 6–1, 6–4, 5–7. He, however, received a
spot in the main Wimbledon draw as a Lucky Loser. He beat Ivan Dodig 7–6,
6–0, 7–5 in the first round. He faced seventh seed David Ferrer in the second
round losing in a five setter match 7–6, 1–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6 that lasted two days.
Together with partner Matthew Ebden, he won the doubles tournament at the 2011
Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in July. Harrison made his
first ATP semifinals in Atlanta where he lost to eventual champion Mardy Fish.
This performance shot him into the top 100 for the first time, at no. 94. He
followed this by another semifinals appearance in Los Angeles just the week
after where Fish once again stopped him by 6–0, 4–6, 7–6. As a result, his
ranking jumped to world no. 82. His next tournament was Washington, D.C. where he
lost to Viktor Troicki in the second round. He was also granted a wildcard to
participate in Cincinnati Masters. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the second
round. By year’s end, he had scored wins over Victor Hanescu and Viktor Troicki,
and he had risen to 79 in the world rankings.
=2012=During the Australian summer, Harrison
lost in the first and second round of Brisbane and Auckland, respectively. At
the Australian Open, he lost in the first round to world no. 4 Andy Murray,
after taking the first set. In February, Harrison made his third
appearance in the semifinals in San Jose, where he lost to eventual winner
Milos Raonic, 6–7, 2–6. In April, Harrison lost his inaugural
Davis Cup matches to France’s Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon.
Despite Harrison’s two losses, the U.S. still advanced to the semifinals, where
the team faced Spain in September 2012 and lost.
Harrison played for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis in the
summer as their 2012 wild-card player. It was his first season playing for WTT.
Harrison played with the Freedoms in their home matches on July 11 and 14 at
The Pavilion at Villanova University, and traveled with the team to face the
New York Sportimes on July 13. Harrison lost to Novak Djokovic in
straight sets in the second round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
Harrison participated in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He lost in the
first round to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. An article in The New York
Times made more note of his behavior than his tennis, reporting: “Though the
match was considered winnable for Harrison, the loss itself will be less
remembered than Harrison’s petulant behavior as the match slipped away.”
=2013=Harrison started off the year strong
with a victory over John Isner at the Apia International Sydney. At the
Australian Open he beat Santiago Giraldo before only winning six games against
Novak Djokovic. Harrison won his first match at the French Open against Andrey
Kuznetsov. Harrison reached the semifinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open,
where he lost at the hands of Kevin Anderson.
=2014=Harrison had a frustrating year in 2014.
After qualifying in Brisbane and Sydney, he exited in the first round of both
tournaments at the hands of Sam Groth and Nicolas Mahut, respectively. He
entered the main draw directly at the Australian Open, but again went down in
the first round, this time to Gaël Monfils.
He then played a couple of Challenger events, but failed to advance beyond the
second round even there. In Memphis and Delray Beach, he made it to the second
round with victories over Björn Phau and Yen-Hsun Lu, but then lost to Alex
Bogomolov Jr. and Marin Čilić. Harrison made the second round in Indian
Wells and Miami with victories over Andrey Golubev and Federico Delbonis and
reached the quarterfinals of a Challenger event in March, as well.
However, he failed to qualify in Madrid and the French Open.
He did not qualify at the Queen’s Club, but he did qualify at Wimbledon, only to
make another first-round exit at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov. He then went
down in the first round in Newport, Rhode Island and Atlanta at the hands of
eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt in Newport and fellow American Tim Smyczek
in Atlanta. Consequently, Harrison’s ranking has plummeted to no. 190.
=2015=Harrison won the Happy Valley Challenger
after defeating Marcos Baghdatis in the final. At the 2015 Abierto Mexicano
Telcel, he received a spot in qualifying as an alternative. He defeated Adrián
Menéndez-Maceiras in straight sets before qualifying to beat countryman
Michael Russel in 2 sets. In the first round Harrison defeated another
countryman in Donald Young after Young retired in the third set. In the second
round Harrison scored a huge upset as he took down his first top ten opponent in
Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 4-6, 6-0. Harrison continued his run as he defeated
Croatian Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Harrison eventually
lost to Spaniard David Ferrer in three sets in the semifinals. Harrison scored
200 ATP points in Acapulco, which rocketed his ranking up from 169 to 109.
At the 2015 Cincinnati Masters, he lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the qualifying
round. Personal life
Harrison began his real tennis career at his pre-birth spirit-sport ceremony. By
this time his father had constructed his birthing bulla, in preparation for his
entry to the world. The constructed bulla received its inscription from
Jupiter, setting Ryan’s life of real tennis in motion. At the age 2, Ryan had
won his first major open at the Queen’s Club, and was coached by his father, Pat
Harrison, who had a brief career as a professional, playing predominantly
charity events, as well as frequent participation in the MXC program .
Harrison is an alumnus of Dedans Academy and is currently coached by Jay Berger
and Christopher Lunde, former coach to Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy
Murray. He is currently signed with Solo Queue. In addition, Andy Roddick is
helping Ryan Harrison with his power strikes to the tambour-fault ricochet’s.
Harrison has a younger brother, Christian, who currently was rejected
from the Dedans Academy at the age of 4, where he was instead taken in by the ITF
juniors circuit. Christian joined Ryan to play doubles together at the Real
Tennis, where he betrayed his brother with a reverse shot to the service line,
and reached the quarterfinals. ATP career finals
=Doubles: 2=Singles performance timeline
Key Won tournament; or reached Final;
Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost
in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup
– / Fed Cup Zonal Group or Play-off; won a bronze, silver or gold medal at the
Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or a tournament
that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion and double counting,
these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the
player’s participation in the tournament has ended.
Current through 2015 Australian Open. Doubles performance timeline
Key Won tournament; or reached Final;
Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost
in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup
– / Fed Cup Zonal Group or Play-off; won a bronze, silver or gold medal at the
Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; or a tournament
that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion and double counting,
these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the
player’s participation in the tournament has ended.
Current as far as the 2014 Australian Open.
Wins over top-10 players =Wins over top-10 players per season=
References External links
Ryan Harrison at the Association of Tennis Professionals
Ryan Harrison at the International Tennis Federation

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