2018 US Open Series Spotlight: Ryan Harrison

July 30, 2018 10:42 AM
BB&T Atlanta Open - Day 6

Ryan Harrison reached both the singles and doubles finals at the BB&T Atlanta Open Sunday. It was his fourth career ATP singles final, all occurring in the past 18 months, and his seventh career ATP doubles final.

In a repeat of 2017, Harrison fell to John Isner in the singles final at the ATP 250 event. On this occasion, he took the opening set against the world No. 9 in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 defeat. It was an ironic twist, as Harrison came from a set behind himself to win all four of his matches en route to the final, highlighted by a 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 quarterfinal victory over Australian Open semifinalist and No. 3 seed Hyeon Chung.

In the doubles event, he paired with Rajeev Ram to reach the final as the No. 2 seed but dropped a third-set super tiebreak to Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the championship match. 

Here’s more on the American.

The Ryan Harrison File

Age: 26
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
Current Rank: 57
Career-High Rank: 40 (July 2017) 
Best US Open Finish: Third round (2016)

The Baseline

- Harrison won his only ATP title in February 2017 at the Memphis Open by winning all 10 sets he played on the event’s indoor hard courts. The trophy earned him the distinction of being the last Memphis Open winner, as the event became the New York Open in 2018. 

- After qualifying for his fist US Open in 2010 at the age of 18, Harrison secured his first career Grand Slam win by upsetting No. 15 seed Ivan Ljubicic in four opening-round sets. He scored an even bigger upset in 2016, when he defeated No. 5 seed Milos Raonic in four sets to reach the third round in New York. The 6-foot-1 righty has reached a Slam’s last 32 only one other time in his career – in January at the Australian Open.

- A much-hyped youngster, Harrison broke into the ATP Top 100 for the first time in July 2011 and briefly reached the Top 50 one year later at age 20. But his star faded after that, as he dropped out of the Top 100 in mid-2013 and toiled for three years before rediscovering his form in late 2016, fueled by his third-round appearance at the US Open. Now, the American has been a fixture in the Top 60 since February 2017.

- Twice in 2018, Harrison helped score the clinching point for Team USA in Davis Cup play. He teamed with Steve Johnson for the winning doubles point in the opening round against Serbia in February and paired with Wimbledon doubles champ Jack Sock to defeat Belgium in the April quarterfinals. On both occasions, the American duo dropped the opening set before winning in four.

- As detailed in this ATP World Tour feature, Harrison credits his improved mental game for his recent resurgence, as showcased by his four come-from-behind victories in Atlanta.

They Said It!

“I’m proud to say I’ve been able to turn my mental effort around from a very easy person to break down mentally to, I feel, I’m one of the toughest out there now.” – Harrison told ATPWorldTour.com earlier this year.