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Can Ryan Harrison win a slam in the future?

He is 18 and still growing. He made 2nd round at US Open this year from qualifying and missed 3mps for make it 3rd round.

He is mentally good. He has all-around game. Good serve, good forehand, solid backhand, net game etc... He isn't player like Roddick, Fish, Isner and Querrey. At the modern tennis, you have to play rallies if you want win slams and Harrison is really good about that...

I think, he is future of the American tennis and potential grand slam winner.

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Honestly it doesn't look optimistic. There's a lot of laugh on MTF that D'Joke is a one-slam wonder and Butt-head won't win any slam in the future. They were Top 100 players in the age of Harrison though. Generally there's a tendency that Grand Slam winners are in the Top 100 at the age of 18. Harrison is outside Top 200 and hardcourt season in America - the most favorable for him - behind his back...

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Honestly it doesn't look optimistic. There's a lot of laugh on MTF that D'Joke is a one-slam wonder and Butt-head won't win any slam in the future. They were Top 100 players in the age of Harrison though. Generally there's a tendency that Grand Slam winners are in the Top 100 at the age of 18. Harrison is outside Top 200 and hardcourt season in America - the most favorable for him - behind his back...
This is true, but times they are a changing. Harrison is the second youngest player in the top 250:
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Rank  Player                    Age
229 - Bernard Tomic (AUS)	17 Years, 10 Months, 18 Days
220 - Ryan Harrison (USA)	18 Years, 04 Months, 01 Days
224 - Filip Krajinovic (SRB)	18 Years, 06 Months, 12 Days
184 - Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)	19 Years, 03 Months, 23 Days
The youngest player in the top 100 is already 21. I think if Harrison makes it to the top 100 before turning 20 (looking a good chance), he is well on track to be a top player. Grand Slam champion is another thing and it's too early to tell for that in my opinion. However, taking all players born 1989 or after, he is right up there among the very best.

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The youngest player in the top 100 is already 21. I think if Harrison makes it to the top 100 before turning 20 (looking a good chance), he is well on track to be a top player. Grand Slam champion is another thing and it's too early to tell for that.
Agree, this is more complex process.
1) Harrison on clay and indoor is a mystery so far. Obviously he needs to show on these surfaces good results to improve his ranking.
2) A lot of depends on the other players. Harrison will be playing in the non-Federer era but there are still a couple players with GS aspirations: Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro. It's a question whether appear in the next few years good players born in 1992, 93, 94...

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Way too early to tell.
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Agree, this is more complex process.
1) Harrison on clay and indoor is a mystery so far. Obviously he needs to show on these surfaces good results to improve his ranking.
2) A lot of depends on the other players. Harrison will be playing in the non-Federer era but there are still a couple players with GS aspirations: Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro. It's a question whether appear in the next few years good players born in 1992, 93, 94...
Agreed on point 2. Regarding 1, I feel reasonably confident about his clay abilities, with an ATP qualification and main draw win on the surface at age 15. Plus a good showing at Roland Garros qualies this year (final round). Well put it this way, I think he's a lot better on clay than Tomic!

With so many hard court events (especially in the US), I don't think clay results are so vital to his ranking improvement. Of course it would hurt though. To go back to Tomic (Tomic in a Harrison thread I think will be almost as inevitable as Nadal in a Federer thread), I think the young Australian will be able to climb the rankings to tour regular despite being very weak on clay.

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Agreed on point 2. Regarding 1, I feel reasonably confident about his clay abilities, with an ATP qualification and main draw win on the surface at age 15.
But it was in Houston though. IMO without good display on European clay-courts he won't produce better career than Blake or Fish.

I had a positive impression about Tomic, saw in him a potential Grand Slam winner but he needs to step up next season. Gasquet's case shows that winning a Grand Slam isn't simple with good achievements being a teenager. A couple years ago he was only a few months older than today's Harrison when beat Federer in Monte Carlo! And now Gasquet is 24 and rather no-one considers him as a serious contender to win a major

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He will win 30 slams.
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I'll be fun to see Harrison winning Slam before Murray

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Honestly it doesn't look optimistic. There's a lot of laugh on MTF that D'Joke is a one-slam wonder and Butt-head won't win any slam in the future. They were Top 100 players in the age of Harrison though. Generally there's a tendency that Grand Slam winners are in the Top 100 at the age of 18. Harrison is outside Top 200 and hardcourt season in America - the most favorable for him - behind his back...
I also think top 100 at age 18 is a very useful benchmark for judging the best players of the next generation. With that being said, it is miles away from being a surefire predictor of success. Some players develop later than others for one reason or another. Btw, Ryan Harrison will be about 170 in the world come Monday. Say for the sake of argument he plays well in challengers the rest of this year and at the end of the year is near the top 100. Would that success down the stretch this year change his abilities or potential? No. I mean from a purely statistical standpoint it would bode well, but otherwise it wouldn't change much.

Anyways, Ryan has a lot of talent and a burning desire to be great at this sport. This can take him a long way but after that it's impossible to predict the future.

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Hopefully he can develop his game further.
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At least he has a bigger shot than any other American on tour right now.


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He is not that good he won because of the crowds in NY if he goes to say Australia or France,no one really cares plus he is not hot like Nadal to elicit any attention from girls...he is fugly like his Girlfriend Melanie Oudin Roloff.
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bit uglish serve but good talent overall. good size-movement-power ratio.

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