By E.J. Crawford
Throughout the 2017 US Open Series season, we’ll take a look at a young American who excelled at the previous week’s event. This week’s rising star is Ryan Harrison, who reached the final at the recently completed BB&T Atlanta Open.
The Ryan Harrison File
Hometown: Austin, TX
Current Rank: 40
Career-High Rank: 40 (July 2017)
After flashing potential in his younger years, Harrison has come into his own in 2017. He won his first career ATP title in February at the Memphis Open, defeating fellow Americans Sam Querrey and Donald Young en route, and captured his first Grand Slam crown at the French Open, teaming with Michael Venus to win the men’s doubles. He also won a USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Dallas to open the year.
This past week in Atlanta, Harrison defeated Australian veteran John Millman, Georgia Tech star Christopher Eubanks and No. 5 seed Kyle Edmund to reach the final, where he fell just a few points shy of upending John Isner, dropping the match, 7-6(6), 7-6(7). Harrison held set points in each set.
With his showing, Harrison, who was ranked No. 90 to start the year, cracked the Top 40 for the first time in his career and edged closer to being seeded at the 2017 US Open.
In April, Harrison married Lauren McHale, the former University of North Carolina tennis star and sister of WTA standout Christina McHale.