American tennis player Ryan Harrison claims the black indoor-hard courts of the New York Open are "pretty slow." The New York Open -- the event which replaced the Memphis Open on the ATP calendar -- drew attention with the color of its courts as they look classy and elegant.
Harrison watched the match between his fellow compatriot and Moldova's Radu Albot. World No. 91 Albot pulled off a surprise as he edged the big-hitting American 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. The Moldovan is set to clash next against Japan's Kei Nishikori.
"They are pretty slow and they definitely favor a slow-court player like Albot. John can’t take full advantage of his serve or being 6-10," Harrison said. Harrison, 25, is also featuring the inaugural edition of the New York Open.
The 25-year-old beat fellow compatriot Donald Young in round one before he lost in the second round to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic. Harrison is still alive in the doubles event as he and partner Steve Johnson are through to the semi-finals.