Ryan Harrison has once again strongly denied that he had made a racial comment towards fellow compatriot Donald Young on Monday. The two met in the New York Open first round. Harrison, 25, escaped with a straight-set win over Young 6-3 7-6 (4).
Young, 28, claimed after the match on Twitter that Harrison made a racial comment during the match. Harrison quickly responded on Twitter as he strongly insisted that Young's accusations are nothing but false. The ATP was quick to launch an investigation but found no foul play made by Harrison.
Harrison provided a statement after his doubles win with Steve Johnson earned on Tuesday against Scott Lipsky and Divij Sharan. Harrison a couple of times during his statement interview strongly noted that he didn't make a racial comment.
"Everybody that's been asked about it from the chair umpire to the ball kids to anybody that was around has done nothing but confirmed that they didn't hear anything like that. And all I can is stay true to who I am and trust to people around me and who were there," Harrison said.
Harrison did admit to getting into trash-talking with Young about some of their previous matches -- but the conversation stayed there. Young defeated Harrison in Houston in 2014 but then lost three straight matches to the 25-year-old.