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Ryan Harrison (tennis)

Ryan Harrison
Harrison displaying his fiery temper at the 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Born (1992-05-07) May 7, 1992
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,815,608
Career record 58–87
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 43 (July 16, 2012)
Current ranking No. 127 (July 13, 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2013)
French Open 2R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2011, 2012)
US Open 2R (2010, 2012)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Career record 32–37
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 60 (September 24, 2012)
Current ranking No. 220 (July 13, 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2012, 2013, 2014)
French Open QF (2012)
Wimbledon 1R (2011, 2012, 2014)
US Open QF (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2012)
Last updated on: July 18, 2015.

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 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 1
    • Juniors 1.1
    • Early career 1.2
    • 2009 1.3
    • 2010 1.4
    • 2011 1.5
    • 2012 1.6
    • 2013 1.7
    • 2014 1.8
    • 2015 1.9
  • Personal life 2
  • ATP career finals 3
    • Doubles: 2 (2-0) 3.1
  • Singles performance timeline 4
  • Doubles performance timeline 5
  • Wins over top-10 players 6
    • Wins over top-10 players per season 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Tennis career


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:

Australian Open: SF (2008)
French Open: 3R (2008)
Wimbledon: 2R (2008)
US Open: 3R (2008)

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.[1] 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 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 (as of July 12, 2010), he rose in the South African Airways ATP Rankings to a (young) 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.


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 (seeded fifth) 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 (number one in the world) 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.


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.[2]

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."[3]


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.[4] 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 has 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 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 (mythology), 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.[5] 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 (2-0)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. July 10, 2011 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Newport, United States Grass Matthew Ebden Johan Brunström
Adil Shamasdin
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 2. July 22, 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States Hard Matthew Ebden Xavier Malisse
Michael Russell
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]

Singles performance timeline


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 (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); 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.
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R Q1 0 / 5 1–5 16.66
French Open A A Q3 1R 1R 2R Q2 A 0 / 3 1–3 25.00
Wimbledon A A Q1 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
US Open Q1 Q1 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–4 2–4 2–4 0–2 0–0 0 / 16 6–16 27.27
Davis Cup
Davis Cup A A A A SF A A 0 / 1 1–2 33.33%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A 2R 4R 4R 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 0 / 0 0–0 0.00
Cincinnati Masters Q1 Q1 A 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 3 2–3 40.00
Shanghai Masters A A A 2R 1R Q2 A 0 / 2 1–2 33.33
Paris Masters 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%
Career Statistics
Tournaments Played 1 0 9 19 22 21 13 4 89
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 4–9 14–19 23–24 11–21 5–13 5–4 0 / 89 63–91 40.91%
Win % 50% 31% 42% 49% 34% 28% 56% 40.91%
Year End Ranking 748 360 173 79 69 100 191 $1,673,468

Doubles performance timeline


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 (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); 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.
Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
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

Season 2015
Wins 1

Wins over top-10 players per season

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Grigor Dimitrov 10 Acapulco, Mexico Hard 2R 7–5, 4–6, 6–0


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