For many, a trip to Hawaii is a prime destination for some much needed rest and relaxation. For Ryan Harrison, it is just another day at the office. Harrison, an alumni of the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program and up-and-coming tennis star, recently took to the The Aloha State where he won both the single's and double's draws in the ATP Tour's Men's Challenger Tournament in Honolulu which was held last week.
The two victories mark the first two titles of the 2011 year for the 18 year-old Harrison, who was the youngest competitor in the tournament's field. In the main single's draw, the sixth seeded Harrison defeated the tournament's No. 1 seed Michael Russel along the way to defeating fellow American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the final.
Harrison and double's partner, Travis Rettenmaier, were then awarded the double's draw title after Kuznetsov and his partner Robert Kendrick withdrew from the final. The Harrison/Rettenmaier partnership was the No.1 seeded team in the draw.
This win was the first career singles title at the Challenger level for Harrison. He reached the final of the Challenger in Tiburon, California last October, but was able to take the next step on this occasion in Honolulu.