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Between the Lines - Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison dials in on a slice backhand.
by Josh Blagden
Wednesday 27 June 2012

Ryan Harrison talks skiing, country music and Charlie Sheen…

Q: If you weren’t a professional tennis player, what would you be doing?
RH: I would definitely be wanting to play in the NFL.

Q: What do you eat for breakfast on the day of a match?
RH: Usually some sort of protein and carbs to try and get my body in the best shape possible, such as eggs, wheat toast or ham. Obviously I’ll be drinking and hydrating a lot too. 

Q: Describe your ideal holiday.
RH: Ooo gosh. I’ve actually been craving a ski trip. I’m so used to the heat and always being in the sun that going to a beach seems draining to me. I would love to go somewhere where I could build a campfire with my friends and just hang out. I’m going to try to convince them to go on that trip at the end of this year. 

Q: Where would you like to go?
RH: Colorado maybe.

Q: Do you ski or snowboard?
RH: If I had to choose I’d probably ski just because it might be a little less dangerous but I think my agent would probably give me a hard time and make me not ski. 

Q: Have you been skiing before?
RH: I went once when I was really young but not in a while. 

Q: What music are you listening to at the moment?
RH: I’ve been listening to a mixture of Maroon 5 and some classic country music such as George Strait and I like to listen to Eminem a little bit before I go on court.  

Q: What is your favourite film?
RH: Probably Gladiator.

Q: Who is your favourite film/television character?
RH: Gosh, let me think. The first one that comes to mind is Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men. That just cracks me up. 

Q: You sticking with that choice?
RH: I don’t know if that’s something I should put on record. Yeah, whatever, I’ll stick with Charlie Sheen.

Q: If you could meet anyone past or present, who would it be?
RH: I’ve not got to meet Drew Brees yet. He’s the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints which is my football team.

 Q: I guess the answer to the next question is pretty obvious then. Apart from tennis, what is your favourite sport?
RH: Yep. American football.

Q: Who were your idols growing up?
RH: I always looked up to Pete Sampras and Andre (Agassi). They were two guys I always had a ton of respect for and always watched. My dad was obviously a huge role model in my life as well.


Q: Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know about? For example, can you sing?
RH: I can’t sing at all, I’m the world’s worst singer. I would say one of my hidden talents is to be one of the funnest people to do karaoke with because I’m so bad at it.

Q: I was actually going to ask you what would be your chosen song to sing at karaoke?
RH: I’ve only done it once and I did Don’t Stop Believing by Journey and it was a horrific performance. 

Q: Would you do it again?
RH: I would do it again if my friends got me up there. Maybe that one or Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson, that’s a guilty pleasure. 

Q: Would you sing in a girl’s voice or bellow it out?
RH: I would just sing my version of it.

Q: Do you dance as well?
RH: I wish I could dance. I’m a pretty white dancer. 

Q: If you could learn a new talent, what it would be?
RH: I’m working on my golf game. 

Q: Have you got a handicap?
RH: I’m between a 15or a 17, somewhere around there. I haven’ t played enough where I can get myself into single figures. 

Q: Do you get much time to play golf?
RH: Sometimes but I don’t play enough where I can consistently play to improve. I’ve a good swing and can hit it a mile but just suffer with my short game.

Q: I know the feeling. Thanks for speaking with us Ryan.
RH: Okay cool.

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