Tennis - Once considered one of the rising stars of the game, the past couple of seasons have been a rough ride for Ryan Harrison. But on Saturday, the 22-year-old American took a step in the right direction as he won the inaugural Happy Valley ATP Challenger title.
Congratulations to the inaugural City of Onkaparinga ATP Challenger winner Ryan Harrison @ryanharrison92 #protour pic.twitter.com/vAGB44C2JD — Tennis Results (@oztennisresults) January 11, 2015Harrison, who peaked in the Top 50 in the rankings in 2012 but is now down to No.
193 in the world, defeated former Top 10 player Marcos Baghdatis 7-6, 6-4 for this third ATP Challenger title and fifth title overall (2 of them coming on the ITF circuit). Harrison had not reached a semi-final at any event in the past 18 months and won only 3 matches in his last 9 events in 2014.
Hence, this comes as a major boost of confidence for him for the new tennis season. The win will take him to around No. 160 in the world and the American player will now head to Melbourne to play the qualifying draw for the Australian Open.