Harrison, a Shreveport, Lousiana native, is a prodigy of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, where he first kickstarted his career. In 2007, at the age of 15, Harrison played his first junior Grand Slam at the US Open and shortly ranked among the top ten 18-and-under juniors in the ITF rankings. By 2008, Harrison became the highest ranked American junior tennis player in the world. His successful years as one the best junior tennis players in the nation set the stage for Harrison to embark on the journey of his dreams––to become a professional tennis player.
By the end of 2008, Harrison won his first ATP match in Houston to become the 3rd youngest player since 1990 to win an ATP Main Draw Match and the 10th player in history to win an ATP match before the age of 16. However; after the impressive career successes he achieved before he could legally drive a car, Harrison was forced to put down his racket for more than six months due to injury. After much training, determination, and focus, Harrison returned to the tennis scene in 2009 to reclaim his title as one of the most promising tennis youths in America.
Between 2009 and 2010, Harrison received multiple wild card invites and played in several tournaments including the SAP Open, BNP Open, Sony Ericsson Open, Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, BMW Tennis Championship, Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Honolulu Challenger, and the French Open. He ended 2010 on a high note with a win in the first round at the US Open––his first professional win at a Grand Slam tournament.
In 2011, at the age of 19, Harrison broke the top 100 ranking for the first time as a result of reaching the semifinals at the ATP event in Atlanta. By the end of 2011, he was building momentum and reached number 79 in the men’s singles world rankings.
At age 20, Harrison’s hope, promise, and confidence were at an all-time high. That year he played in the 2012 Summer Olympics, produced an impressive 23-24 record, and jumped 36 spots to reach a career high ranking at number 43 in the world.
Harrison started off 2013 on a high note as he racked in early round wins at the Apia International Sydney, Australian Open, and French Open. As the year went on, competition got tougher and Harrison’s successes were much harder to come by. By July of 2013, Harrison found himself outside of the top 100 rankings, and the next few months proved to be the hardest of his career.
Harrison’s career was defined by adversity and hardship in 2014 when he did not advance beyond the first round in any event. As a result, his rankings fell to 190 in the world.
Things started looking up when he won the Happy Valley Challenger in January of 2015. He then qualified in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, which he eventually lost in three sets in the semifinals after a series of wins against Donald Young, Grigor Dimitrov, and Ivo Karlovic.
In 2016, Harrison advanced to the round of 16 in the Citi Open, an ATP 500 Event, and the Rogers Cup, an ATP 1000 Masters event. He then proceeded to reach the 3rd round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time ever at the US Open, breaking him back into the top 100 in the world. Leading his league in men’s singles winning percentages, Harrison was named the 2016 World Team Tennis Most Valuable Player.
In February of 2017, Harrison won his fourth Challenger Title at the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas. Now a Memphis Open and Grand Slam champion and the number 41 men’s singles tennis player in the world, Ryan Harrison’s future is looking brighter than ever.