Ryan Harrison Takes W-S Open Wild Card

August 15, 2014 11:58 AM

American Ryan Harrison has been given the third wild card into the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour event that starts tomorrow at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Harrison, 22, has been ranked as high as No. 43 in the world in his career and will be returning to the Winston-Salem Open for a third time after reaching the second round in 2011 and 2012.

“We always look to showcase Americans at our tournament, and Ryan is one of the promising young players on tour,” said tournament director Bill Oakes. “We’re happy that he is returning to the Winston-Salem Open and hope our fans enjoy cheering for him this week.”

The Winston-Salem Open begins with qualifying on Saturday, with main draw play starting on Sunday, Aug. 17 and culminating in the finals on Saturday, Aug. 23. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on WinstonSalemOpen.com or by calling (336) 758-6409.

A pro since 2007, Harrison won his first tour-level match at age 15, becoming only the 11th player in the Open Era to earn an ATP win before his 16th birthday. He reached his peak ranking of No. 43 in the summer of 2012 and is currently ranked No. 164.

Harrison will be returning to the courts for the first time since sustaining an injury in Atlanta four weeks ago. His best results this year are Round of 16 trips at Delray Beach and Memphis as well as a quarterfinal appearance at the Irving, Texas Challenger.

One more wild card spot remains to be awarded before the tournament draw is made this evening at 5 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend the Draw Party at 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of Deacon Tower at BB&T Field.