Newport, Rhode Island is known to many as a summer vacation spot and home of the Newport Mansions. But in the tennis community, it is home of the Tennis Hall of Fame and the ATP Event held there. With Wimbledon coming to a close and the final grass court event of the year taking place in Newport, Ryan Harrison picked a perfect time to raise his level. Harrison has earned a spot in his first ever ATP quarterfinal by defeating fellow teenager Denis Kudla 7-5, 7-6. With the U.S. Open Summer Series ahead, Harrison's future is looking very bright.
Ryan Harrison has been selected as one of the up and coming American stars by many top name coaches in the game. At only 18 years old and ranked #262 in the ATP rankings, Coach David "Red" Ayme of IMG also thinks Harrison is a promising young talent. "His biggest strength is his ability to compete day in and day out. He works so hard on and off the court. It allows him to stay in every match. With a 52 week season, that quality is important." When I spoke with Coach Ayme about his delight at Harrison's sudden results, he said, "Very much so, it is such an exciting time for Ryan. He is such a fiery competitor so it's great to see him succeed. He has been showing more maturity with every match and is showing he can compete on any surface." That is pretty high praise from one of the legendary coaches in the game. With a long summer and career ahead of him, Coach Red thinks that, "with a little more match maturity, Ryan can make a huge jump in the rankings. He has all the tools."
Look for Harrison to continue his run at the Newport Hall of Fame Event tonight as he faces off against Richard Bloomfield of Great Britian. Bloomfield, who came up through the qualifying rounds, is ranked nearly 300 spots below Harrison at #552. Once ranked at #176, Bloomfield is poised to continue his run on grass, but look for Harrison to use his big serve and forehand to take over the match!