Ryan Harrison (tennis)
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Harrison displaying his fiery temper at the 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida, USA|
May 7, 1992 |
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 43 (July 16, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 152 (13 June 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2013)|
|French Open||2R (2013)|
|Wimbledon||2R (2011, 2012)|
|US Open||2R (2010, 2012)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 60 (September 24, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 211 (1 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2012, 2013, 2014)|
|French Open||QF (2012)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2012, 2014)|
|US Open||QF (2012)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2012)|
|Last updated on: 3 February 2016.|
Ryan Harrison (born May 7, 1992) is an American professional tennis player. Part of a new generation of American players, his game fits the pattern, technically and strategically, of previous Nick Bollettieri-trained 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.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Doubles performance timeline
- 6 Wins over top-10 players
- 7 References
- 8 External links
As a junior Harrison compiled a 60–24 win/loss record in singles, reaching as high as No. 7 in the world (achieved in April 2008).
Junior Slam results:
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.
All American journeyman 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.
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.
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 in the first round. After receiving another wildcard into the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, he lost in the first round to Michaël Llodra. Harrison played in a few Challengers afterwards without any major results.
In May, now ranked no. 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, but lost in the first round to Jesse Levine. Next, Harrison competed in Wimbledon qualifying, but lost in the first round to up-and-coming Lithuanian Ričardas Berankis. Having not gained any points on his favorite surface, Harrison decided to compete in the 2010 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. He defeated sixth seed Karol Beck, before defeating seventeen-year-old Denis Kudla. He then lost to Richard Bloomfield of Great Britain.
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, after failing to convert three 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 no. 93 Dustin Brown.
Harrison won the 2011 Honolulu Challenger, beating Alex Kuznetsov in the final. 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.
At the 2011 French Open, Robin Söderling (seeded fifth) beat Harrison, but the young American was able to take a set off the two-time French Open finalist. 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. He, however, received a spot in the main Wimbledon draw as a lucky loser. He beat Ivan Dodig in the first round. He faced seventh seed David Ferrer in the second round, losing in a five-set match that lasted two days.
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 semifinal 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 semifinal appearance in Los Angeles just the week after where Fish once again stopped him in three sets. 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 the Cincinnati Masters. He lost to Novak Djokovic (no. 1 in the world) in the second round. By year's end, he had scored wins over Victor Hanescu and Troicki, and he had risen to no. 79 in the world rankings.
During the Australian summer, Harrison lost in the first and second rounds 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 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 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."
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.
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 plummeted to no. 190.
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 Russell in straight sets. In the first round, Harrison defeated another countryman 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 Grigor Dimitrov. Harrison continued his run as he defeated Croatian Ivo Karlovic 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.
Harrison began playing tennis at age 2 and was coached by his father, Pat Harrison, who had a brief career as a professional, playing predominantly Challenger and Futures events. Harrison is an alumnus of IMG Academy and is currently coached by Jay Berger and Brad Gilbert, former coach to Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray. He is currently signed with IMG Academy. In addition, Andy Roddick is helping Ryan Harrison with his game.
Harrison has a younger brother, Christian, who currently plays tennis on the ITF juniors circuit. Christian joined Ryan to play doubles together at the 2012 US Open, where they reached the quarterfinals.
ATP career finals
Doubles: 2 (2-0)
|Winner||1.||July 10, 2011||Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Matthew Ebden|| Johan Brunström
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Winner||2.||July 22, 2012||BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States||Hard||Matthew Ebden|| Xavier Malisse
|6–3, 3–6, [10–6]|
Singles performance timeline
Current through 2016 Australian Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||Q1||1R||0 / 6||1–6||16.66|
|French Open||A||A||Q3||1R||1R||2R||Q2||A||0 / 3||1–3||33.33|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q1||2R||2R||1R||1R||Q1||0 / 4||2–4||50.00|
|US Open||Q1||Q1||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||0 / 6||2–6||33.33|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–2||1–4||2–4||2–4||0–3||0–1||0–1||0 / 18||6–19||31.57|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||SF||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–2||33.33%|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||2R||4R||4R||2R||2R||2R||2R||0 / 6||10–6||62.50|
|Miami Masters||Q1||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 6||2–6||25.00|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Rome Masters||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Madrid Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||A||Q2||A||0 / 1||1–1||50.00|
|Canada Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||0 / 0||0–0||0.00|
|Cincinnati Masters||Q1||Q1||A||2R||1R||2R||A||Q1||0 / 3||2–3||40.00|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||2R||1R||Q2||A||A||0 / 2||1–2||33.33|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–2||5–4||5–5||2–3||2–2||1–2||0 / 17||15–17||46.88%|
|Overall Win–Loss||1–1||0–0||4–9||14–19||23–24||11–21||5–13||5–8||1–2||0 / 97||64–97||40%|
|Year End Ranking||748||360||173||79||69||100||191||112||$1,673,468|
Doubles performance timeline
Current as far as the 2014 Australian Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||1R||1R||0 / 3||0–3||0.00|
|French Open||QF||0 / 1||3–1||75.00|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0.00|
|US Open||1R||2R||2R||QF||2R||0 / 5||6–5||55.55|
|Win–Loss||0–1||1–1||1–1||0–1||6–4||1–2||0–1||0 / 11||9–11||50.00|
Wins over top-10 players
Wins over top-10 players per season
|1.||Grigor Dimitrov||10||Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||2R||7–5, 4–6, 6–0|
- "Fifteen-Year-Old Harrison Joins Elite Company". April 14, 2008. Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
- "Wimbledon 2012". The Times Of India. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- Rothenberg, Ben (July 28, 2012). "Mixed Tennis Results for Americans". The New York Times.
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