American Players Headline BB&T Atlanta Open Qualifying Draw
Play Begins at 10am on Saturday
ATLANTA, July 21, 2017 – A mix of ATP World Tour veterans join a group of young Americans in the qualifying draw as the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open gets underway, Saturday morning at Atlantic Station in Midtown.
Qualifying top-seed and world No. 112, Illya Marchenko of Ukraine takes on Alessandro Bega of Italy in the first round. Players must win two matches to reach the main draw, which starts on Monday. Americans hold down four of the next five seeded spots in the qualifying draw. Stefan Kozlov, Mitchell Krueger, Tim Smyczek and Denis Novikov are those seeds in order.
Local player, Trent Bryde, one of the top juniors in the world takes on Brydan Klein, of Great Britain, in Saturday’s opening match on Stadium Court, at 11am. Catalin Gard, the winner of the BB&T Atlanta Open Wildcard Challenge, takes on Kozlov as the second match on Stadium Court. Qualifying action begins at 10am on Court 3.
Saturday also marks the kickoff of Kid’s Weekend, and the Family Zone, presented by Wilson will be open from 11am-3pm. These a free event where kids are encouraged to come out and hit balls.
Fritz Gets Final Main Draw Wildcard
Part of a second-generation professional tennis family, some might say that Taylor Fritz was born with a racket in his hand. The 19-year-old possesses a 130 mph serve and is a dark horse in this year’s BB&T Atlanta Open singles bracket.
As Grand Slam-starved Americans look for an emerging star, Fritz began to show similarities to the greats in 2015. He was only the ninth player at age 17 to win Challenger Tour titles in consecutive weeks. Others who accomplished this feat include exceptional players such as Tomas Berdych, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Fritz surged into the top-100 for the first time in his career in 2016 after reaching the finals at the Memphis Open. Entering the tournament as a wildcard, he defeated Ricardas Berankis in the semifinals and became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since 1988. Capping off his notable season, he received the ATP Star of Tomorrow award.
Fritz began his 2017 season with a Challenger title at the RBC Championships of Dallas, winning five straight matches. Battling in a third set tiebreaker in the semifinals against American Denis Kudla to advance, Fritz showed his resolve as a competitor in high-stakes match play. Resilient once again at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open, Fritz took down World No. 7 Marin Cilic in a tight three-set match.
ORDER OF PLAY - SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017
STADIUM COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying - [WC] T. Bryde (USA) vs  B. Klein (GBR)
Qualifying -  S. Kozlov (USA) vs [WC] C. Gard (ROU)
Qualifying - J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs  T. Smyczek (USA)
Qualifying -  I. Marchenko (UKR) vs A. Bega (ITA)
AJC GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
Qualifying -  M. Krueger (USA) vs P. Wattanakul (THA)
Qualifying - A. Carter (USA) vs  T. Paul (USA)
Qualifying -  Q. Halys (FRA) vs H. Nys (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying - A. Pavic (CRO) vs  D. Novikov (USA)
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