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Starting today, a couple IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program students will look to make it back-to-back wins at their hometown tournament.
After IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program student Kei Nishikori took the title last year, Ryan Harrison (No. 8 seed) and Mac Styslinger (WC) will look to keep the 2011 Sarasota Open title in house.
The Sarasota Open is a USTA Pro circuit event held at The Tennis Gardens at Long Boat Key and Resort, only a twenty minute drive from IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. While Styslinger - currently a junior at the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program - aims to gain experience, and possible make a run as one of the four wild cards selected for the event, Harrison is determined to win the event and continue improving upon his career-best No. 129 world ranking (youngest in Top 140).
The Sarasota Open begins Monday with Stylinger facing off against Yuichi Sugita of Japan, and Harrison taking on Amer Delic in the first round. Harrison will also be competing in the double's draw with 15-year-old brother Christian Harrison