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Ryan Harrison: Junior Spotlight of the Week

April 30, 2004 12:14 PM
Birthdate:
May 7, 1992
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
Residence: Shreveport, LA
Height: 5’ 0”
Weight: 90 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed


Twelve-year-old Shreveport, LA, native Ryan Harrison captured the first USTA gold balls of his young career last week, when he swept the singles and doubles titles at the prestigious boys’ 12 USTA National Spring Championships, held April 18-24 in Delray Beach, FL.

In the singles event, top-seed Harrison had a near-perfect week, dropping only one game in his first three matches combined and then going on to win his remaining four matches in straight sets, including the final, where he defeated No. 4 Augie Bloom of Hinsdale, IL, 6-2, 6-3. Also seeded first in doubles, Harrison and partner Ben Guthrie of Plano, TX, cruised through the draw, again without losing a set, and went on to take the championship with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 2 seeds Russell Bader of Austin, TX, and Evan King of Chicago.

Currently ranked first in the country in the boys’ 12s, Harrison has notched impressive results at nearly every event in which he has competed. Last year, he was a singles finalist and doubles semifinalist at the boys’ 12 Easter Bowl, USTA Super National Spring Championships. He also reached the singles and doubles semifinals at the Eddie Herr International, finished in third place in singles at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the Junior Orange Bowl.


RANKING HISTORY
2003 – 9* (USTA 12s)
2002 – 22* (USTA 12)
* Denotes highest ranking achieved during the year

2004 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swept the singles and doubles titles (with Ben Guthrie) at the boys’ 12 USTA National Spring Championships.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the boys' 14 BullFrog USTA Southern Section Designated.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2003

  • Advanced to the round of 16 at the boys' 14 USTA Super National Winter Championships.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 12 Junior Orange Bowl.
  • Was a singles and doubles semifinalist (with Blake Davis) at the boys’ 12 Eddie Herr International.
  • Finished in third place in singles at the boys’ 12 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the singles final and the doubles semifinals (with Anderson Reed) at the boys’ 12 Easter Bowl, USTA Super National Spring Championships.
  • Won the boys' 14 singles title at the USTA National Open Championships in May.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Pat, is Ryan’s coach. Mother, Susan.
  • Began playing tennis at age 2.
  • Favorite playing surface is hard court.
  • Style of play is serve-and-volley.
  • Favorite player is Pete Sampras.
 

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