In minor tennis news, two American juniors are searching for flights to Australia this morning after winning the Australian Open USTA wildcard playoff.
Burgeoning star Ryan Harrison beat Jack Sock in four sets 76 (3), 62, 67 (4), 64 to book his spot in the men’s singles draw.
“That was an all-out battle out there,” said Harrison. “Those were four tight sets. I thought there were times when we could have played better and been a little more aggressive but that being said we were also playing for a spot in the Australian Open so there was a lot pressure on both of us.”
The 18-year-old Harrison who plays out of Cortez, Fl, won the playoff last year as well. He lost to Janko Tipsarevic in the first round at Melbourne.
Lauren Davis, 17, earned her ladies man draw berth by beating Coco Vandeweghe 62, 62.
“I think I handled the nerves well and I handled her power and everything she threw at me,” said Davis who’s from Gates Mills, OH but trains out of the Evert Academy.
The playoff was held by the USTA at the at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, GA.
First round prize money at the 2011 Australian Open is just shy of $20,000 USD. That’s a nice Christmas bonus for both kids.
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