Wimbledon is known as the birthplace of tennis. Each year, hundreds of players dressed from head to toe in white take the grassy courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club in hopes of the most historic title in tennis. Eighteen of those in search of the Grand Slam trophy are also competing in the shadows of Atlanta’s skyline in the BB&T Atlanta Open this July.
Two of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon this year have come off the racquets of future BB&T Atlanta Open competitors. Ten years after suffering an upset in his opening round as the defending Wimbledon champion, Lleyton Hewitt was the one with the upset over the No. 11 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. The second upset came from Ivan Dodig who took down No. 16 Philipp Kohlshreiber in five tough sets.
Complete Second Round matchups for BB&T Atlanta Open players:
James Blake v. Bernard Tomic
#27 Kevin Anderson v. Michal Przysiezny
Igor Sijsling v. Milos Raonic
Ivan Dodig v. Denis Kudla
#18 John Isner v. Adrian Mannarino
Lleyton Hewitt v. Dustin Brown
Radek Stepanek v. Jerzy Janowicz
Rajeev Ram v. Juan Monaco
Yen-Hsun Lu v. Andy Murray
The Wimbledon 18 seed, John Isner will face a fellow Atlanta competitor Evgeny Donskoy in his opening matchup. They are not the only BB&T Atlanta Open players that will go head-to-head in the first round. American Rajeev Ram will play Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.
Other big names in the competition such as Kevin Anderson, the 27 seed and highest ranked South African in the Wimbledon draw, will play Oliver Rochus in his opening round. Former No. 1 player in the world Lleyton Hewitt will certainly have an exciting match against No. 11 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Also, Radek Stepanek will play Matt Reid in his first match of the tournament.
The Americans are looking to have a strong showing on the grass courts this year. Louisiana native, Ryan Harrison will look to take down the No. 28 seed Jeremy Chardy of France. Another American favorite James Blake will be facing Thiemo De Bakker.
Complete First Round matchups for BB&T Atlanta Open players:
Ryan Harrison v. #28 Jeremy Chardy
Ricardas Berankis v. Paul-Henri Mathieu
James Blake v. Thiemo De Bakker
#27 Kevin Anderson v. Oliver Rochus
Santiago Giraldo v. Horacio Zeballos
Igor Sijsling v. Alex Kuznetsov
Ivan Dodig v. #16 Philipp Kohlschreiber
Denis Istomin v. #23 Andreas Seppi
#18 John Isner v. Evgeny Donskoy
Alejandro Falla v. Stephane Robert
Lleyton Hewitt v. #11 Stanislas Wawrinka
Marinko Matosevic v. Guillame Rufin
Radek Stepanek v. Matt Reid
Edouard Roger-Vasselin v. Ernests Gulbis
Lukas Lacko v. Rajeev Ram
Yen-Hsun Lu v. James Ward