Sunday, July 30, 2017

Semi-finalist Ryan Harrison @ryanharrison92 through the years 22 pictures @bbtatlantaopen #BBTAO

I've been a volunteer at the Atlanta Open (before it was the BB&T) since its second year, and have taken pictures and video - many of which make their way to this Atlanta Tennis Blog - of most of the players that compete here.

After Ryan Harrison's thrilling victory last night over Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, I remember that I'd taken quite a few of pictures of the youthful American at the Atlanta ATP tournament, and I thought I'd share the best of them here.  From the second Atlanta Open in July, 2011:
July, 2011 on the practice court; the tournament's third year
At what was The Racquet Club of the South (now Life Time Fitness)
Ryan Harrison on Stadium Court, which was too short per regulations, at the 2011 Atlanta Open
You can read details of Harrison's 3 set win (pictured above) over the "X man" Xavier Malisse here:

Then, the following year, at the very first BB&T Atlanta Open in July, 2012:
Ryan Harrison on Stadium Court at the Inaugural BB&T Atlanta Open - July, 2012

Harrison serving to American James Blake

Harrison was 20, Blake was 32 (and would retire at the US Open the following year)

Harrison took the first set 6-1

The Stadium Court configuration was different in 2012 than it is today (2017)
Ryan Harrison receiving serve from James Blake
Both players are/were known for their first serves, movement, and forehands

Blake took the second set 6-3

Blake won the match 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
After losing to Blake, Harrison was seen the next morning warming up eventual tournament winner Andy Roddick on the Grandstand Court (Stadium Court in the background):

Serving to Roddick

Hitting a backhand

Hitting a forehand

A good hit between Ryan Harrison and Andy Roddick, now a Hall of Famer (the 2012 BB&T was his last tournament win)

Harrison teamed with Australian Matthew Ebden to win the men's doubles title that year.

Matthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison won the Inaugural BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title in 2012
A recap with pictures and video of the Harrison-Ebden doubles match can be read/seen here:

In July, 2013, I captured these pictures of Ryan Harrison's second round match against Igor SijSling:

Harrison hitting a backhand

Harrison hitting a running forehand
Another Harrison forehand
Harrison wins the first set

Harrison wins the match to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open
I hope that you have enjoyed this pictures of Ryan Harrison through the years at the Atlanta Open!

Last night, after Harrison said "Go Tech!" in his post match on-court interview with Brad Gilbert, I wanted to say "Go Ryan, beat the big dawg!!!"

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