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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

SI recognizes ex-Shreveport tennis player

So Andy Roddick's out of the French Open after retiring with an injury and only two American men made it past the first round. Hardly a shocker. U.S. men's tennis isn't exactly setting the world on fire these days.
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.


Blogger Jamie said...


not sure if you remember me but my name is jamie adams. i took tennis from pat for years at SCC and POTC and am still very close to the family today. it's great to see ryan and christian doing so great and being recognized by their hometown. i know that it makes them very proud as well! thanks for your thoughts on the subject. i have passed along the link to pat and suzie. hope all is well.

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Tennis Hacker said...

I enjoy your tennis stories.

9:36 PM  

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