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Florida's Harrison Chosen as U.S. Davis Cup Practice Partner

June 24, 2009 07:00 AM
The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that new Florida resident Ryan Harrison and current NCAA champ Devin Britton will serve as practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team when it travels to Porec, Croatia, for the 2009 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie on July 10-12. 

Britton and Harrison will train with the team during the week and will be on the bench with the players during the matches.

Harrison, 17, from Bradenton, Fla., burst onto the scene at the 2008 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships when he joined Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet as the three youngest players to win a match at an ATP World Tour event since 1992; Harrison was 15 at the time. Since returning from a back injury earlier this year, Harrison has played exclusively on the USTA Pro Circuit and reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., in May. Last January he earned a career-high No. 7 in the ITF World Junior Rankings after reaching the boys' semifinals at the Australian Open.

Late last year the Harrison family moved to Bradenton from New Braunfels, Tex., so that Ryan and his younger brother Christian could train full-time at the IMG Bollettieri Academy. Their father served as assistant director at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in Texas where Ryan and Christian formerly trained.

Britton, 18, from Jackson, Miss., recently became the youngest player to win the NCAA Division I Men's Singles Championship as a freshman at the University of Mississippi. In September of last year, Britton advanced through qualifying to become the first American to reach the US Open boys' singles final since Andy Roddick and Robby Ginperi met for the title in 2000.

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