ATLANTA, June 13, 2017
– Top American players Jack Sock (world ranking #18), John Isner (world ranking #21) and the Bryan Brothers (former world ranking #1) will play a mix of young upstarts and current ATP World Tour top-40 players for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open title. The BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event runs Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 30, at Atlantic Station, in Midtown Atlanta.
The biggest change to the 2017 tournament was provided by fan feedback, and that input was incorporated into the new stadium design. The new design not only provides more shade and air-conditioned spaces, but more activation areas and activities for fans to be able to be part of the game.
“This new stadium design provides our fans with what they have been asking for, a more intimate feel, more open space for better viewing angles and of course more shade,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Chief Business Officer and Tournament Director for BB&T Atlanta Open. “The men’s Final on Sunday, July 30th is scheduled for later in the day at 5pm to also help address the summer heat.”
Also a first for the tournament, women will play during tournament week with Venus Williams and Genie Bouchard playing in a feature exhibition match Sunday evening, July 23.
A singles field of 10 top-50 players was announced by Eddie Gonzalez, Chief Business Officer and Tournament Director for BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday morning at Media Day.
Subject to change, here is the 2017 BB&T Atlanta entry list. (ATP World Tour Rank is the number in the left hand column.)
2017 BB&T Atlanta Open Entry List with cut off date of 6/13/16 (List subject to change)
18, Sock, Jack, USA
20, Kyrgios, Nick, AUS
21, Isner, John, USA
28, Muller, Gilles, LUX
31, Zverev, Mischa, GER
37, Anderson, Kevin, RSA
41, Harrison, Ryan, USA
44, Edmund, Kyle, GBR
48, Tomic, Bernard, AUS
50, Young, Donald, USA
54, Evans, Daniel, GBR
58, Chung, Hyeon, SOUTH KOREA
62, Mannarino, Adrian, FRA
63, Baghdatis, Marcos, CYP
66, Taifoe, Frances, USA
70, Donaldson, Jared, USA
73, Jaziri Malek, TUN
77, Escobedo, Ernesto, USA
81, Millman, John, AUS
* Doubles teams will be announced at a later date
Play begins on Saturday, July 22, with the singles qualifying draw.
The BB&T Atlanta Open has welcomed more than 300,000 fans to Atlantic Station over the past seven years, establishing itself as one of the top ATP tennis events in the US. Tickets for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open and the Williams vs. Bouchard exhibition can be purchased at http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com/
About the BB&T Atlanta Open
The BB&T Atlanta Open is held each year in July in Atlantic Station and is one of eight summer tournaments in the US Open Series. The tournament features men’s top world tennis players in singles and doubles competition. Approximately 40,000 fans attend the tournament and bring an estimated economic impact of $10.3 million to Atlanta. Nick Kyrgios won the 2016 singles championship while John Isner won the 2015, 2014 and 2013 titles. Andy Roddick won his last ATP World Tour title when he defeated Gilles Muller at the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open. Mardy Fish holds the title for 2011 and 2010.
About U.S. Open Series
Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About GF Sports
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About The ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 60 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2017 ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams will compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2017 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.