Ryan Harrison to cover Mardy Fish tennis tournament from October 18
VERO BEACH – Former Roland Garros doubles champion and US Olympic and Davis Cup team member Ryan Harrison is among the top entries for the $ 15,000 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation tennis championships that will be held from October 18 to 24 at the Boulevard Tennis Club.
Harrison is one of 18 main draw confirmed singles players to date who will compete in the annual Vero Beach professional tennis tournament which is part of the International Tennis Federation’s World Tennis Tour and the US Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit.
The tournament is the largest fundraiser for the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by Vero Beach native Mardy Fish, former tennis top 10 star, 2004 Olympic silver medalist and current USA Davis Cup captain.
Harrison, 29, was a member of the United States Olympic tennis team in 2012 and the United States Davis Cup team in 2012 and 2018. He won the doubles title at the 2017 French Open with Michael Venus as the highlight of his five ATP singles and doubles titles to date. , also winning the ATP singles title in Memphis in 2017.
Harrison played in 29 Grand Slam main draw singles tournaments during his career, reaching the third round of the US Open in 2016 and the Australian Open in 2018. He placed 40th overall of the ATP rankings in 2017, but saw its ranking drop to a current ranking of No.475, due to injuries and limited playing opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The # 2 main entry is # 476 ranked Patrick Kypson of Raleigh, NC, the winner of the 2017 USTA 18-Year-Old National Championships, who made it to the US Open main draw. 2017 and played one season for Texas A&M.
Also on the field is the prominent Ben Shelton of Gainesville of the University of Florida, who won the NCAA tag team title for the Gators last May while playing for his father, the Florida head coach, Bryan Shelton.
Other prominent entries include Canada’s Liam Draxl, who was the No. 1 seed in the 2021 NCAA Singles Championships competing for the University of Kentucky, Juncheng Shang of China, the championships singles finalist. juniors of the 2021 US Open, and Evan Zhu of Ann Arbor, Mich., the 2018 NCAA doubles champion at UCLA.
The tournament will also feature several fan favorites from previous editions of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation tennis championships, including 2018 champion Juan Benitez of Colombia, 2016 semi-finalist Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, 2018 semi-finalist Strong Kircheimer. from Cary, North Carolina, three-time wild card Mardy Fish event winner Matthew Segura of Apopka, the great-nephew of tennis legend Pancho Segura, and 2018 finalist Ricardo Rodridugez of Venezuela, who just played the Davis Cup for his country last month against South Africa at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.
“This is the best field of players this tournament has had since its launch in 1995,” said tournament co-director Tom Fish, president emeritus of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation and father of Mardy Fish. “To have in our field a player like Ryan Harrison, with a resume that includes a doubles Grand Slam title, as well as many talented young players who have won and fought for junior Grand Slam tournament titles, USTA National Championships and NCAA Championships, makes the expectation of this event higher than it has ever been.
Due to COVID protocols, limited seats are available through reserved tickets and sponsorships. No day ticket is sold. Those interested in booked tickets or sponsorships can contact Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Executive Director Lynn Southerly at [email protected] The tournament is traditionally held at the end of April but has been postponed to October due to COVID-19.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to once again host this event at the Boulevard during these difficult times,” said Southerly. “Unfortunately, we can only accommodate event sponsors and those who purchase reserved seats for the entire tournament as spectators due to COVID protocols with condensed player and fan areas during the event. . All proceeds from the event go to the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, so at-risk children in Indian River County will be the real winners of our event this year.