SI recognizes ex-Shreveport tennis player
Last week's Sports Illustrated pointed out that there are only four American men ranked in the ATP's top 50. The information was in a breakout box with a story on 14-year-old Sekou Bangoura, a up-and-coming player ranked No. 4 nationally in Boys' 14.
The breakout box included five other players to watch.
One of those was former Shreveporter Ryan Harrison, son of former Pierremont Oaks pro Pat Harrison.
SI cites Harrison, 14, for finishing second in the Boys 16s singles at the USTA International Spring Championships in April. Ryan is currently ranked No. 8 nationally in Boys' 14 singles.
The Harrisons live in New Braunfels, Texas, now. As SI says, Ryan trains there and Pat is a coach. Ryan's brother Christian is also an up-and-comer. He's ranked No. 2 in the nation in Boys 12 singles.
Maybe there is hope for U.S. men's tennis.