Ryan Harrison on ignoring the haters
04.28.2020 - By TENNIS.com Podcast
"That period of my life was tough because I had to try and figure out, at 21, 22, 23 years old, how I was going to turn my career back around into a positive direction where the later stages of my career could be more successful than the early stages."
Ryan Harrison joins the show with co-hosts Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi to give updates on his elbow recovery, his comeback hopes and his growing maturity in dealing with online trolls.
Harrison checks in from his new quarantine normal in Atlanta, where he's lucky enough to have a running track near his home for workouts. The 27-year-old was mid-comeback when the coronavirus halted tennis after undergoing elbow surgery in October.
After starting tennis at the age of two with his father Pat, and turning pro at just 15, Harrison has been through a lot of stages. The former world No. 40 explains how his strength and maturity has been tested throughout his 20s after early success as a teen flipped into heavy pressure, injury setbacks and unfulfilled expectations.
Harrison explains how he's relied on his support system, which includes his wife Lauren McHale (Christina McHale's sister), and the 2017 Roland Garros champion shares why team tennis has been so important to him (be it doubles, World TeamTennis or Davis Cup).
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