Player Field Announced

 

Dimitrov, Sinner, Korda and Kyrgios to Play in Atlanta

 

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ATLANTA, June 29, 2021 – The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv player field was announced today. As previously announced, five-time Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv singles champion and former University of Georgia All-American John Isner returns to Atlanta to launch his North American hardcourt season. Isner will be joined by top Americans, a former Atlanta champion and a number of rising stars. Tickets are available now for nine days of tennis action, which will return to Atlantic Station on July 24 – August 1, 2021.

 

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Isner will be joined by Reilly Opelka, who passed Isner to become the highest ranked American this week at No. 32, two-time Atlanta participant and former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, 2019 Atlanta finalist Taylor Fritz, and one of the young stars of tennis in Italian Jannik Sinner.

 

“It's a strong player entry list,” said Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. “We have a great balance of young future stars along with savvy ATP Tour veterans, an excellent group of Americans and of course the popular Nick Kyrgios!”

 

Isner is off to a great start in 2021. He has reached the quarterfinals at two events, including the Masters 1000 in Madrid.

 

"Obviously I love to play in Georgia and to compete at the Truist Atlanta Open where I feel at home and have had so much success,” stated Isner.

 

The 6'10” Isner, consistently in the top-10, is now shooting for something rare and special: winning the same title six times. Isner holds a career mark of 31-4 in Atlanta and is looking to join the ranks of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors as the fifth American to win an ATP Tour title on six occasions.

 

The 30-year old Dimitrov has won eight ATP Tour singles titles worldwide and has reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He is currently ranked No. 21.

 

Kyrgios returns to Atlanta, where he won the singles title in 2016. He owns five additional ATP singles titles and holds wins over each of the “Big 3”- Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 

 

Adding youth and star power to the 2021 draw will be Italian Jannik Sinner. The No. 23 ranked Sinner is widely regarded as a future tennis superstar. At just 19, Sinner has won two ATP titles and has been ranked as high as No. 17.

 

Another player to watch is the fast-rising American Sebastian Korda. Korda has shot up the rankings and now stands at a career high No. 50. The 20-year old son of former major champion, Petr Korda, captured his first title this spring on clay at Parma. Korda has garnered praise from former world No. 1's in Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. Korda and his all-court game could be a perfect complement to the hot hardcourts at Atlantic Station.

 

Fritz and Opelka have both tasted success in Atlanta and would love to add a Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv singles title to their resumes. Opelka and Fritz have both had strong results on hardcourts the past three years. Opelka is 45-40 with two titles and Fritz is 28-22.

 

Here is the singles entry list for the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv:

 

Dimitrov, Grigor BUL 21

Sinner, Jannik ITA 23

Opelka, Reilly USA 32

Isner, John USA 33

Norrie, Cameron 34

Fritz, Taylor USA 40

Mannarino, Adrian FRA 41

Paire, Benoit FRA 46

Korda, Sebastian USA 50

Harris, Lloyd RSA 51

Paul, Tommy USA 52

Querrey, Sam USA 54

Pella, Guido ARG 59

Kyrgios, Nick AUS 60

Popyrin, Alexei AUS 67

Gerasimov, Egor BLR 73

Johnson, Steve USA 74

Ruusuvuori, Emil FIN 76

Thompson, Jordan AUS 78

Ivashka, Ilya BLR 79

 

There also could be a stacked qualifying draw in 2021 with the likes on Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Jack Sock and Matthew Ebden currently entered.

 

Gonzalez once again is aiming to make the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv a “Mini US Open,” so that means seeing the best women players for the annual “Sunday Showdown delivered by UPS” this year on Sunday, July 25.

 

For the first time the Belgian great and Hall of Fame member Kim Clijsters will play in Atlanta. A four-time major champ, Clijsters exemplifies the best in tennis and will make Atlanta one of the first stops on her comeback.

 

“She's a US Open champion, a former world No. 1 and her backcourt game is as exciting as it comes in women's tennis,” added Gonzalez. “She checks all the boxes.”

 

Clijsters will take on Sloane Stephens, a former US Open champ herself and an Atlanta favorite. Stephens is also a former French Open finalist and reached No. 3 in the world in 2018.

 

The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv has welcomed more than 360,000 fans to Atlantic Station over the years, establishing itself as one of the top ATP tennis events in the US.
 

The 2021 event will strictly adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Fans will also notice and even more friendly layout to the grounds. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

Stay tuned for wildcard announcements!

 

About the Truist Atlanta Open

The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv is held each year in July in Atlantic Station and is one of the 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. Alex de Minaur won the 2019 title and Amerian John Isner won the 2018 singles championship as well as the 2017, 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. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist is one of the nation's largest financial services holding companies offering a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management.

 

About the US Open Series

The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly 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 grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.

 

About GF Sports and Entertainment

GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events.  The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breeds touring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.

 

GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit http://www.gfsportsandentertainment.com/.

 

About The ATP

The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP 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 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

 

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For more information, contact:

 

Rick Limpert

Media and Communications Manager, Truist Atlanta Open

rlimpert@gfsportsandentertainment.com

 

Becky Robinson for Truist Atlanta Open

678.516.2669

becky@chatterhousecommunications.com

 

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