As David pointed out in his comment today, there have been no updates on the ITF junior website about the Grade A in Japan, but I called Ryan Harrison's father this morning for the results (I was in the habit of asking him every morning in Tulsa, where Pat Harrison was accompanying a group of players from Newk's Tennis Ranch Academy, where he is assistant director). He was driving to El Paso, to join Christian, Ryan's younger brother, who is competing in the Grade 5 there. He reported that Ryan was happy with the way he played in the final and excited to have won his first major junior event.
It was also a breakthrough tournament for Kurumi Nara of Japan, who defeated the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in the semifinals. Although she was the No. 4 seed, Nara hadn't advanced past the second round in any Grade A prior to her win.
Sunday, October 14, 2007