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15 burning questions with Ryan Harrison

If you could switch places with anyone and live their life for one day, who would it be and why?

It would be Drew Brees on a Sunday, probably in a conference game, or a playoff game.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

Pajama bottoms.  Hands down, they're my clothing of choice.  I would be caught in my hotel room in my pajama bottoms 365 days a year.  They are my comfortable clothing of choice.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Not very good [laughter].  I’m the type of guy who will walk in and buy clothes - I don’t remember the last time I went shopping, it’s been a while, but I go into random moods where I’ll go and buy a bunch of stuff and then I’ll wear that out for the next 3 months, and then I’ll go [shopping] again. 

What is something you do when no one else is watching?

I have a habit of singing in the car, I’m a big singer in the car whenever I’m by myself.  I’m not a very good singer, I’d be the first to admit that, but I don’t hold back.

Do you dance too?

I get the sway going a little bit, but I’m not the most outstanding dancer.

If you weren’t a tennis player you would be....?

I’d try to be an NFL football player.  I’ve always loved football and it’s always been a passion of mine.  I have roots in football - my granddad was an outstanding college running back and quarterback back when they ran the box formation at Louisiana Tech.  I am obviously a fan but, being an athlete myself, I would love to try to pursue some sort of position in that if I wasn’t doing tennis.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Very, very, intense [laughter].

What is the first thing you would buy if you won a 250 million dollar lottery?

The first thing that comes to mind right now is my brother has a birthday coming up, so maybe a car for him or something like that because he doesn’t have one.

If you had a time machine and could go back and change one thing, what would it be?

That is a tough one, I’ll try to think if there is something that is appropriate. (He thought very hard but couldn’t...)

What is the first thing you grab from your refrigerator in the morning?

Chocolate milk.

What is your favorite song on you iPod right now?

Right now, it’s probably going to be True by George Strait.  I’m getting into country a little bit.  It’s an older song but I hadn’t heard it in a while and it’s something that I have been listening to a fair amount.  My coach and trainer can definitely vouch for that.

What is your favorite TV show?

Las Vegas.

What do you think is your worst quality?

The way I am passionate, the way I wear my heart on my sleeve, and can the way I can be intense with things can be seen as something that is negative if I don’t control it in the right way.  It’s something that I have been working on and hopefully my maturity has helped it to grow into a good thing.  Ultimately, I think it is a good thing to be very carring and passionate about things.  Not just tennis, but in general everything that I care about.  Hopefully that is something that can end up being a positive.

What do you think is your best quality?

That [being passionate] is also my best quality.  I would say it’s the worst and best.

What is your favorite quote?

"If you can meet with triumph and disater, and treat those two imposters the same."  (From Rudyard Kipling's poem IF which is written on the wall of centre court at Wimbledon.)

Photo courtesy of the Sony Ericsson Open

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Reader Comments (1)

I've seen a few interviews with Ryan, and he seems to have been raised to value morals and ethics. It would be great if his tennis skills kicked him into the top 10, because he seems like he'd handle the pressure well with such a strong background.

Yes, he's needs to work on wasting energy on the court because he gets very emotional. Many young players have to solve this. It's natural, because to compete at high levels, you have to want to win.
March 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergioconda

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