Tennis pro gives youth clinic at Hampden Park

Professional tennis player Ryan Harrison, back row, yellow shirt with racket across his chest, poses at the youth clinic he conducted at Hampden Park in Reading on Wednesday as part of the Ellesse Pro Tennis Challenge. More than 30 children attended the clinic, including high school players from Berks Catholic, Conrad Weiser and Reading High.

Harrison, 30, was ranked 40th by the ATP in singles and 16th in doubles. He has won an ATP singles title (2017 in Memphis) and four doubles titles, including the French Open in 2017. He is currently ranked 535th in singles.

He is one of six players who will compete in the Ellesse Pro Tennis Challenge, which begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. with round-robin matches at Emkey Tennis Garden in Wyomissing. Other players scheduled to participate are Hugo Gaston, ranked 68th in the world; Sumit Nagal, ranked 458th; Jonas Forejtek, ranked 222nd; Nicholas Bybel of Lancaster, ranked 681st; and Michael Zheng, who was the Wimbledon Boys 18 singles runner-up this year. The semi-finals and the final will take place on Saturday.

The event, presented by the Berks County Tennis Association, is supported by scholarships for the City of Reading (COR Tennis) program through the Reading Recreation Commission.

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