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Ryan is hope for future of U.S. tennis

American fans have been let down before, but Harrison sure looked good at the Open

Updated: September 4, 2010, 11:51 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For so long he was outrunning his inexperience, outrunning the fact that this stage and pressure were brand-new to him.

Eighteen-year-old U.S. Open American qualifier Ryan Harrison was smacking 130 mph bombs down the service line, swooping in to slam overheads on the run, launching himself into two-handed cross-court backhands and occasionally causing his older opponent, 24-year-old Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, to flinch by playing serve-and-volley tennis, of all things. ...

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