By Sam Crenshaw, Special to Tennis Panorama News
(July 24, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – My first encounter with Christian Harrison came Monday afternoon in the BB&T Atlanta Open’s tournament office. I was hosting a Google+ hangout and the 19-year-old Louisiana native was the special guest. The younger brother of Ryan Harrison couldn’t hide his excitement at being in Atlanta with a wild card in the main draw of an ATP event.
We talked about his season, his love of football and baseball, the sibling rivalry with big brother, Ryan. “Video games,” said Christian. “That is what Ryan and I love to compete against each other in. We’ve broken so many sets of controls. ”
Christian Harrison brought some of that same competitive fire to the Grandstand Court at Atlantic Station Wednesday afternoon for his match with Alejandro Falla. On a humid, overcast day conditioning made the difference. “I work hard on my movement, making sure I am the fitter one”, says Harrison. It starts on the practice court, getting a good attitude and making sure you work harder than anyone else. ”
The hard work paid off with Harrison’s first ATP tour win 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 over Falla. Big brother Ryan was first congratulate him , but the celebration will be brief. Christian Harrison will be back in action tomorrow night on Stadium Court and his opponent will be the tournament top seed John Isner.