Thursday Morning Man: Ryan Harrison!
Except for an occasional big win by journeymen pros John Isner and Sam Querry, US men’s tennis has given us very little to get excited about since the retirements of Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish.
But last night at the US Open, the 24-year-old American Ryan Harrison gave us something to be very excited about when he upset Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic who was seeded fifth.
It’s a huge win for Ryan who had to win three qualifying matches just to get into the tournament’s main draw because he’s ranked outside the top 100.
Ryan was ranked as high as 43rd in the world in 2012 but the feeling has been that he had not lived up to his potential and was on the downhill slide. But now he’s into the third round of a grand slam tournament for the first time.
“I’m still young,” he said after the match. “I’m 24. I’ve got a ways to go, especially with guys playing well into their 30s now. It’s mental maturity, a little bit of stabilization with everything around me that is allowing me to play with a sense of calm, and also with excitement.”