FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – With the young U.S. women like Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Jamie Hampton getting world attention with their fine recent play, the young U.S. men have been somewhat left in the dust to start the year.
Ryan Harrison, 20, has had a decent win or two, but he hasn’t had an outstanding 2013 tournament yet. After focusing on his fitness in the off season, the frequently injured Jack Sock, also 20, got hurt in his opening round of qualifying at the Australian Open and then didn’t play another match until the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose, where he lost 7-6, 6-1 to Marinko Matosevic.
Harrison did a little better than Sock, except that he was favored to win his match against Benjamin Becker, whom he had beaten two times last year, but he did not, falling 6-7, 7-5, 6-3. He