NEW YORK-Texas A&M true freshman men's tennis player Harrison Adams defeated Great Britain's Luke Bambridge, 6-4, 6-3, in the first-round match of the U.S. Open Junior Championships Sunday being conducted in New York.  Adams' next match is expected to be Tuesday against Germany's Daniel Masur who is seeded No. 11 in the Open.

"I am very happy for Harrison to play so well on such a big stage against a quality opponent here at the Open today," Aggie head tennis coach Steve Denton said. "He showed great poise playing in his first U.S. Open singles match. The 12th Man will love watching him play in the future at the Mitchell Tennis Center on campus. These types of matches will cause Harrison's confidence to soar."

The Aggie righthander showed great poise without committing a double fault in his service and without any unforced errors while serving two aces during the match that lasted just under two hours.

Harrison began playing tennis at the age of three and comes from a tennis family as the fourth of six children of Dr. Don and Cynthia Harrison. His father played at Texas Tech and his mother played at Oklahoma Christian University. His older brother Henson played at Oklahoma Christian University while two sisters Alex and Samantha played at Texas Tech. Samantha is a former Texas No. 1 player who earned All-Big 12 honors as a freshman as well as ITA Rookie of the Year honors. Younger siblings Henry and Sarah excel in their age group as well.

As a freshman at New Braunfels High School, Adams helped the team win the Texas Team 5A State Championship and also a Mixed Doubles State championship with his sister, Samantha. The duo would go on to win the Texas U.S. Open Qualifier in mixed doubles.

In 2011, he represented the state of Texas and helped the team win the Boys 18 USTA National Team Championship going undefeated along the way. He also earned his first ATP point at the age of 16 in his first professional futures tournament in 2011 in Brownsville, Texas, and reached the doubles semifinals in the 2011 Tulsa Futures as well as the doubles finals of the Niceville, Florida, Futures event.

The Texas native was granted a wild card into the main draw at the U.S Open. Most recently Adams made the Round of 16 at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He also teamed with Aggie fellow freshman Shane Vinsant to win the doubles championship at the USTA Freeman Men's Futures Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.