World No. 208 Christian Harrison, 24, reveals that following 26-year-old brother Ryan Harrison's career has helped him to keep the passion for tennis in the most difficult moments of his career. The 24-year-old has undergone seven surgeries so far in his career but the injury issues are now a thing of the past.
The 208th-ranked Harrison picked up his second win at the ATP level of Tuesday. The American beat Australian qualifier Alex Bolt in the Dell Technologies Hall Of Fame Open first round. The younger Harrison then lost to fellow compatriot Steve Johnson in his following match.
The 24-year-old was featuring in the Newport main draw for the first time in his career. On the other side, the 26-year-old Harrison concluded his Newport campaign in the first round as he was forced to retire his opener to French Nicolas Mahut due to an injury.
The 26-year-old reached his career-high ranking of No. 40 in the world last year and ended runner-up at the Brisbane International earlier this year. "Being able to follow his results so closely helped me keep the passion and helped me understand that I wasn't that far off, even though I wasn’t playing tournaments.
Right now, I have no complaints. I just kept trying to find solutions, trying to find people who could help and trying to learn from mistakes and not repeat the same things that I messed up the first time around," Christian said.