SuperSport to broadcast Harris' Grand Slam debut

Lloyd Harris (Supplied)
Lloyd Harris (Supplied)

Cape Town - South African duo Kevin Anderson and Lloyd Harris will both be in action in the US Open men’s singles first round on Monday.

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The fifth-seeded Anderson will take on Ryan Harrison of America, while Harris tackles Gilles Simon of France.

Anderson, who reached the final at Flushing Meadows last year, boasts a 2-1 head-to-head win-record against world No 53 Harrison.

All three of their encounters were played on hard courts, with Harrison winning the most recent encounter 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7/2) in Tokyo last year.

Anderson won 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in Atlanta in 2013 and 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 in Stockholm in 2016.

Meanwhile, Harris is in unchartered territory, playing in his first ever Grand Slam main draw. The 21-year-old advanced to the first round after three dominant wins in qualifying.

The 33-year-old Frenchman has a current singles ranking of 40. Simon achieved a career high of No 6 in the world in 2009 and has won 13 singles titles on the ATP World Tour.

Meanwhile, SuperSport also confirmed that Harris’ match against Simon would be broadcast live from 17:00 on Monday.

Anderson is scheduled to play later in the evening (not before 21:30 SA time).

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