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Friday, June 24, 2011

Harrison Goes Down

Well, Ryan Harrison, the new budding American tennis star, ended up losing his second round match at Wimbledon today to 7th seed, David Ferrer, after the match was suspended yesterday due to darkeness. He took Ferrer to five sets, losing the fifth at 2-5.

But it's okay, Harrison has all the skills to be the next great American tennis star. It's all there. He has the big serve of Pete Sampras, the pigeon-toed gait and two-handed backhand of Andre Agassi, the beautiful groundstrokes of Roger Federer, and even the temper of John McEnroe. In fact, it was probably his inability to control his emotions that lost his match today. But again, it's okay, he's only 19, and he'll learn quickly. What most impresses us most about Harrison is his versatility of shots; in addition to using a two-handed backhand, he also occasionally uses a one-handed backhand slice which is very effective. It's rare to see a "two-hander" also have the ability to use one hand when needed. Harrison's impressive Wimbledon debut follows an also impressive performance at last month's French Open, so all eyes will be on Harrison at the upcoming U.S. Open later this summer to see if he continues to improve.

On a sadder American tennis note, perennial loser Andy Roddick is currently behind, two sets to none, in his third round match against Feliciano Lopez. It looks like another early round exit for the once former #1 player in the world. Rupert Grint, pictured at left, of "Harry Potter" fame was spotted yesterday at Centre Court. Maybe Grint can wave a magic wand and give Andy Roddick a few desperately needed, free points. He needs them.

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