Pictures from the Bryan Brothers “WhoSay” site. Click on the picture once to enlarge it.
Amazing day today at the 1st ever Ryan Harrison invitational. Had a blast and everyone’s support of the wounded warrior project was great!
Longines Watches has it’s Longines Ambassadors. Rising Stars of the sports world. There are seven tennis rising stars. In the coming year I will update their performance.
Tiago Fernandes / Brazil. Tiago is currently 636th in the world (619th in doubles) after rising to a career high 371st in early 2011 (483 in doubles). Tiago is the 2010 Australian Open Junior Boys Champion. He is currently 19 years old. On April 26, 2010 he became the #1 ranked junior player in the world. Before his ranking dropped he was the youngest player in the top 500. He is coached by Larri Passos – coach of former world #1 Gustavo Keurten – so he often gets compared to Kuerten.
Sabine Lisicki / Germany. One of the better known names on the list. Sabine was a Wimbledon finalist (2011) in doubles with Samantha Stosur. She was also a semi finalist in singles that year. Her best results at the U.S. Open was last year’s 4th round loss which matched her results at this years Australian Open. She has 3 career titles in singles and 1 in doubles. She also finished 4th in the Olympics in mixed doubles with Christopher Kas. Sabine is currently ranked 33rd and has been ranked as high as 12th in singles. In doubles she is ranked 72nd and has been as high as 35th. Since 2004 Lisicki has trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA, where she is sponsored and managed by IMG. She is coached by her father, who studied sport science in Wrocław and Cologne. This 23 year older has won $2,471,183 in prize money so far in her career.
Coincidentally, today (September 22nd) is Sabine’s birthday. At the U.S. Open, even her dog had to have credentials to get in the player gate (see picture on the right). I’ll finish with her August 19th Tweet. ”
7am doping test on a SUNDAY…!?!? Really?”
Grigor Dmitrov / Bulgaria. Grigor is one of the the other well known players on this list. In 2008 he won 2 Boys Grand Slams – Wimbledon and the U.S.Open where he was also a doubles finalist with Vasek Pospisil. At 21 years old he has a lot of great tennis ahead of him. Dimitrov is an all court player with a heavy emphasis on baseline play. He plays right-handed and employs a single-handed backhand. He considers the backhand down the line as his favorite shot and his favorite surfaces are hard court and grass. Despite this he has had notable success on clay courts as well. His game has been often compared to Roger Federer‘s (earning him the nickname “Baby Fed”) due to the similarity in their ground strokes, particularly off the backhand side. He manages to duplicate the fluid motions of Federer’s forehand, backhand, serve and volley with relatively ease, and has shown himself capable of performing shots that continue the comparisons between him and Federer. Dimitrov has stated however that he would like people to appreciate his game to himself and not Federer. Despite his recent improvement several areas, some people believe his movement and balance needs to be improved if he wants to reach the top of the game. His return of serve has also been cited as a weakness. His own serve, while somewhat powerful and precise, is often inconsistent, with speeds that range from 130 mph to almost 110 on a first serve. His speed and hustle is quite remarkable from someone his age, but is noted that with his poor balance he is often falling over himself, running past balls and with an eagerness to reach every ball; tires himself out quickly.
This year was Dimitrov had his best slam results so far as he lost in the second round in all of the slams except the U.S. Open where he lost in the first. In addition, he lost in the 2nd round of the Olympics. As a child, Dimitrov was coached by his father, Dimitar, at Tennis Club Haskovo. As his talent became more apparent he started to receive coaching from abroad, most notably from Spaniard Pato Alvarez, who has also coached Britain’s Andy Murray. Alvarez has reportedly said that Dimitrov is the best 17 year old he has coached. Around the time of his success at the 2009 ABN AMRO in Rotterdam, Dimitrov formally began a coaching relationship with Peter Lundgren, former coach of world number ones Marat Safin andRoger Federer. Lundgren has also been quick to praise Dimitrov, saying that “he is better than Federer was at his age.” In June 2010 he ended his coaching relationship with Lundgren and was subsequently coached by Australian pro Peter McNamara. Dimitrov and McNamara have ended their coaching relationship at the end of the 2011 season. As of 2012, Dimitrov is being coached by Patrick Mouratoglou.
Roberto Carballes Baena / Spain. Currently ranked 403rd, just a few spots lower than his career high 364th. His doubles ranking is 845th. Baena is another 19 year old. He had an impressive 71-20 singles record as a junior in ITF events and a doubles record of 46-17, which is also impressive. He reached a high of 8th in the world as a junior. His favorite surface is clay. Roberto lives in Barcelona and his coach is Miguel Sanchez. Since the beginning of the year 2012, he played 16 “future” tournaments and won 2 titles (in Spain and Croatia).
Tsung-Hua Yang / Chinese (Taiwan). Tsung-Hua Yang is currently ranked 225th/270th (singles/doubles). Tsung-Hua Yang is the first player from Taiwan to be awarded with the title of number one junior player in the world. Best ranking of No. 164 on the ATP Tour rankings, Yang competes on the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP World Tour, both in singles and doubles. In 2008, he won the Junior Grand Slam at Roland-Garros and he was the first from Asia to win the 2008 Junior World Champion Award. Besides these achievements he defends his country as a member of the Chinese Taipei Davis Cup Team. Yang represented Chinese Taipei and won two gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games, in Guangzhou (China). In 2010 he was awarded Athlete of the year for Chinese Taipei.
As a junior Yang compiled a 66-23 win/loss record in singles (and 61-16 in doubles), achieving his combined ranking of No. 1 in the world in July 2008.
Junior Slam results – Singles:
Junior Slam results – Doubles:
Ryan Harrison/USA. Ryan began playing at the age of 2. He is currently 20. He was one of the youngest players ever to win an ATP Tour match at the age of 15. He lives in Bradenton (USA) and trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Ryan considers grass as his favorite surface. He reached a career-high No. 7 in world junior rankings in April 2008. Best ranked No. 48 on the ATP Tour rankings, he reached the Fourth Round of Indian Wells in 2011 where he beat Chardy, Garcia-Lopez and Raonic before losing to Federer. Ryan won the Singles and Doubles titles at the Honolulu Challenger in 2011. This was his first singles title at the Challenger level. In 2012, Ryan reached twice the semi-final in a tournament (San José and Eastbourne).
As a junior Harrison compiled a 60-24 win/loss record in singles, reaching as high as No. 7 in the world (achieved in April 2008).
Junior Slam results:
Harrison is notable for being the third youngest player since 1990, after Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal, to have won an ATP level match, defeating world #130 Pablo Cuevas in the 2008 U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships. Entering the tournament as a qualifier ranked #1000, he was only the tenth player in the history of the ATP Tour to have won a match before turning 16.
Harrison has a younger brother, Christian, who currently plays tennis on the ITF juniors circuit. Christian joined Ryan to play doubles together at the 2012 US Open, where they reached the quarterfinals.
Harrison is currently signed with IMG Academy.
Sai-Sai Zheng / China. Zheng was given a wildcard to the 2012 Guangzhou International Women’s Open – which is currently being played – where she defeated Julia Cohen in the first round. In the second round, she is up against Mathilde Johansson. She is 131st in the singles race and 93rd in the doubles. In the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore she won a Silver medal in singles and won the gold in doubles with partner Tang Haochen. In this video she is the player who starts out serving.
In the U.S. Open Qualifyers she beat 10th seeded Aravane Rezai of France and Brooke Austin of the United States. Sai-Sai lost to Julia Glushko of Israel 6-3, 6-3. Glushko got to the Main Draw and lost to 25th seeded Vanina Wickmayer of Belgium. In doubles, Shi-Shi and Varvara Lepchenko lost to 2nd seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-4, 7-5. Errani and Vinci ended up winning the tournament.
Saw this tweet at @RyanHarrison92. “How can I take advantage of my last 8 hours as a teenager.”
I’m sure if I saw it earlier my readers would have given him lots of good feedback. Of course he is playing in a different time zone so he may still be a teenager somewhere for a few more hours.
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Then there is Serena (#serenawilliams) trying to find the perfect pillow.
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@ivokarlovic – Highlights of a month of Ivo Karlovic tweets
I called room service. The guy didn’t understand “Tuna sandwich”. So he called another person who understand “Tuna sandwich”. Geez..
Whether I’m happy with the way I played or Not depends greatly on whether I won the match or lost.
Ha! Blue clay.. It looks like something Smurfs would play on.
Meta World Elbow
“Sprint Half time report brought to you by… Sprint!” -Really..
I think its time somebody invents electric soup blower..
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At @BMATTEK , Bethanie MattekSands send a tweet pic with the tweet “Really!?!? The tournament spelled this wrong!!!”
Ryan Harrison @ryanharrison92
You know you travel a lot when you come home to a car looking like this.http://pic.twitter.com/NvvGf6oU
The Bryans, the top-ranked doubles team, have not lost a Davis Cup match since 2008. They were rarely troubled against a French pair that struggled to find any rhythm on the clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
“We were ready for a dogfight,” Bob Bryan said. “I thought we did a great job of not letting the crowd get too loud.”
CLICK HERE for complete article (AP)
SOME TWEETS & More
@Tennisreporters (Matt Cronin)
Fun stat: US Davis Cup Capt Jim Courier was 7-1 v French Capt Guy Froget while on ATP. Last time played was 95 Davis, Courier wins 61 62 62
Bob Bryan – On Facebook
It was a good day. There’s no better feeling than winning for your teammates and country. We look forward to getting behind John and Ryan tomorrow to try to get to 3 points. Go USA! -Bob
Thanks for all the nice messages. Gave it all I had. Few key points here and there and could’ve turned it around. Great effort by Isner!
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@ryanharrison92 This is part of Ur growth so U just have 2 look forward, learn & enjoy because U R a great talent in development C’mon Ryan!
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@ryanharrison92 well done! Keep the faith man!
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Those who want Davis Cup but don’t have Tennis Channel (Cablevision customers, here’s looking at u): Home run by USTA: http://usta.neulion.com/usta/
- Del Potro pulls Argentina level vs Croatia in Davis Cup (sports.inquirer.net)
- Belgium take stranglehold of Davis Cup tie against Great Britain (telegraph.co.uk)
- Spain’s demolition men on verge of Davis Cup semis (sports.inquirer.net)
- Hail, Isner! (blogs.tennis.com)
Ryan Harrison may be known for his meltdowns but certainly is a supportive teammate. This week he is part of the USA Davis Cup team along with John Isner and the Bryan Brothers. Here are some of his Tweets from @ryanharrison92
First match up tomorrow against tsonga. Looking forward to my first live battle for the red, white, and blue! http://twitter.com/ryanharrison92/status/187910880653099008/photo/1
Really excited to be in Monte Carlo. Amazing city. Let’s go USA
Below are more pictures, mostly from the Bryan Brothers Facebook page where they noted “Outside our hotel before the official dinner. If we look sharp, it’s because Captain Courier did all of our ties.”
Is Ryan Harrison the future of American men’s tennis?
By Reeves Wiedeman on August 28, 2011
Ryan Harrison, a 19-year-old American tennis prospect, met Novak Djokovic for the first time two weeks ago. It was the second round of the Western & Southern Open, in Cincinnati, and also the first time Harrison would face the world’s no. 1-ranked player in a match. “The way I was raised, you can’t really be satisfied until you’re the best,” Harrison told me. “I’m not gonna be happy until I can win Grand Slams and be no. 1 in the world.”
The lights had just come on for the evening’s prime match on the stadium court, a venue Harrison has occupied with increasing frequency this year. Tennis scouts had been eyeing Harrison ever since he was 15, when the Shreveport, La., native became the youngest player in two decades to win a professional match. At Wimbledon, nearly beating David Ferrer, the world’s sixth-best player, increased expectations for Harrison, as did reaching tournament semifinals twice in the previous month. This made Harrison the 78th-best player in the world upon arriving in Cincinnati, one of only two teenagers in the top 100. “I tell him, ‘People want to root for you,'” Scott McCain, his coach, told me before the Djokovic match. “They want another American player to channel their energy to.” Djokovic, a Serbian whose buzz cut and bulging eyes give him a look of controlled mania, had lost one match all year. Harrison, with a sloppy schoolboy cut and eyes blue enough to make Paul Newman blush, still had a losing record as a professional player. And yet, returning serve against Djokovic, the teenager opened the match with a forehand winner. Then another. Two errors from Djokovic and, suddenly, Harrison had broken serve and won his first game against the best player in the world. The cameras panned to his box. Matt Holt, his trainer, clapped, and Ben Crandell, his agent, smiled. McCain remained stoic. Perhaps he knew what was coming.
Harrison lost nine of the next 10 games. The teenager slammed his racket onto the ground after losing his serve, then smashed one ball into the ground and another into the stadium food court after Djokovic broke his serve for the fifth straight time. Midway through the second set, Djokovic sent a backhand winner deep into the corner, putting him up three games to none. Holt looked at the ground and Crandell held his chin in his hands. McCain’s demeanor hadn’t changed. Harrison challenged the call, if only as a break from the onslaught, and watched as an electronic tennis ball sped across the stadium JumboTron. It was in. Knowing as much, Djokovic had already taken his seat. Harrison was left to grab his towel and walk across the court, marching in front of the man who, for now, still held the throne.
When Ryan Harrison first hit a tennis ball, at age 2, American tennis had little need for a future. It was 1994, and the present was in good hands. American men — Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Andre Agassi — had won nine of the preceding 12 majors; throughout the ’90s they would win 21 of 40 slams. In the same span, no other country produced more than three slam winners. Then, around the time Harrison hit puberty, American tennis lost its stature. No American in the men’s game has won a major since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open. At last year’s Open, none of the 15 American competitors made it past the fourth round. “It’s sad out there,” one top American junior coach told me. “There’s just nobody.”
This article appeared online at “Grantland” – CLICK HERE for the entire article
This is a Tweet from Caroline Wozniacki
The United States Davis Cup Team is getting ready for this weekends Davis Cup tie in Switzerland. he U.S. team consists of Mardy Fish, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Mike Bryan. A formidable team until you consider who is on the other side of the net – Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka – and the court surface – Red Clay. Here are some of their comments:
On what he expects in his second year as U.S. Davis Cup Captain
“I certainly feel more comfortable now in my third tie. I have been with all these guys, except for Ryan, in the heat of battle. That helps for sure. I will be as active as necessary. I will say as much as necessary, but these guys are pros; they know what they are doing. As far as my attire, I will be wearing a suit like I did last year. That is what I come with.”
On playing the first match of the tie versus Stan Wawrinka
“I would prefer to play first. I enjoy knowing what time I play. On a team note I would like to try to get the team off to a good start.”
On the importance of his first serve against Federer on Friday
“In any match, making a lot of first serves is important, especially for me. I am going to have to hit a high percentage to give myself the best chance of winning. On top of that I am going to have to hit my second serves big. I just can’t roll them in there because he can do everything. He can hit any shot in the book.”
On playing for the U.S. in a team environment
“It is a different feeling. This is one of the few times of the year you can play four a team. Most of the time you are out there playing for yourself, so anytime you get in a team environment, play for these guys, play for captain courier and play for your country, it is really an honor. You just want to go out there and compete your hardest. That is the only thing you can control is how you compete so I think that is what all of us are going to do. It is only my fourth match so I am not that seasoned in Davis Cup but at the same time it will be lot of fun and I look forward to the opportunity.”
On being nominated to play doubles with Ryan Harrison
“We have been practicing all week together. Ryan is a great doubles player. He won Newport last year for his first ATP Tour doubles title, and he has great hands. He has good instincts around the net, and I am excited to play with him. He has big pop on the serve, great returns, and hopefully we will suit up, but if not, these other two guys can play great doubles, too.” (NOTE: Bob Bryan bacame a father for the first time this past Sunday).
From Tuesday’s Pre-Draw Press Conference
“I am extremely excited to be on the team. It is an honor to represent your country, to be selected, to represent the U.S. it is probably one of the greatest privileges you can have to be around these guys, to play an away tie against the great players here. It is going to be a great experience, just being part of the preparation, part of the team, is something I am really soaking in and trying to take in as much of the experience as I can.“
TennisReporters Matt Cronin Azarnenka: ‘I guess I made a pretty smart decision not to quit. The road is not always straight up, not just up and down.”
TheTweetOfGod God Rafael Nadal loses better than almost anyone else in the world wins.
- Harrison in U.S. Davis Cup team to play Switzerland (cbssports.com)
“Bleacher Reports” latest slideshow is on the 10 Male players they feel will improve their rankings in 2012. It is a good list.
2011 is coming to an end, so let’s look at 10 young tennis players guaranteed to be on the rise next year on either the ATP or WTA circuit.
Of the 10, who is likely to transition into a Grand Slam winner? Comment below with your opinion.
There is only one prerequisite to be considered for this list:
- 21 years or younger.
Bleacher Reports has done a slide show on the 7 best players on the tour who are under 23 years of age. As usual, there are no real surprises. The slideshow starts off with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe – German. Stebe is currently ranked 81st in the world, from there the numbers get lower. Next up, Ryan Harrison – from Louisiana. A hard serving, quick tempered American. Next is Grigor Dimitrov – a 20 year old Bulgarian who reached a high of 54th this year. Donald Young was the next big thing when he ended the year ranked #1 in the world in the juniors at age 16 – quite a feat. After a few years of not nearly living up to his hype, Donald Young had a breakout year, particularly at the U.S.Open and he is currently ranked 39th. Bernard Tomic of Australia finished the year with a 7-4 record in Grand Slams. He was only 18 at Wimbledon when he took out Robin Soderling. He is ranked 41st. What can we say about Milos Raonic that we haven’t already said. The fifth fastest serve ever and at 20 he is already a force in tennis. Rounding out the list – Kei Nishikori of Japan. Ranked 25 in the world, he has wins David Ferrer and even beat Novak Djokovic this year. Nishikori has also been written about previously on this blog.
CLICK HERE for the Slide Show