18 Jul 2017

Back-to-back wins for Harrison on home soil

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Photo: David KenasRyan and Christian Harrison (USA)

Christian Harrison enjoyed a milestone moment earlier this month, collecting back-to-back titles on the ITF Pro Circuit for the first time.

The 23-year-old American, the younger brother of reigning Roland Garros doubles champion Ryan Harrison, won the third and fourth titles of his career on the Pro Circuit at Futures events in Tulsa and Wichita, respectively.

At both events, Harrison cantered to the final without so much as dropping a set, but had to rally from the loss of the opening set in each of the two title deciders. In Tulsa, he defeated 20-year-old compatriot Tommy Paul, a former boys’ singles champion at Roland Garros, 36 62 61.

A week later, he overcame another rising star from the junior circuit in the Wichita final, defeating 19-year-old Michael Mmoh, who reached a career-high junior ranking of No. 2 in 2015, 16 62 75.

Harrison now sits at a career-best ranking of No. 279 after collecting two titles in one season for the first time in his career. His previous triumphs on the Pro Circuit came in 2013, at the Great Britain F3 Futures, and back on American soil in Champaign last year.  

It’s been a good month for the Harrison family, with Christian’s older brother Ryan climbing to a career-high ranking in both singles (No. 40) and doubles (No. 21) this week.

Ryan Harrison has been particularly prolific on the doubles circuit of late, winning his first Grand Slam title in doubles alongside Michael Venus at Roland Garros last month, before the pair reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.