Clijsters, Stephens To Play Sunday Showdown

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Women's Exhibition Featuring Kim Clijsters and Sloane Stephens, Tickets on Sale

 

ATLANTA, GA  April 19, 2021 – Two former US Open champions will open a week celebrating the return of live professional tennis to Midtown Atlanta and Atlantic Station this summer at the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open. Women will once again take center stage on opening night, July 25, as two of the biggest names in women's tennis, Kim Clijsters and Sloane Stephens, will meet for the first time in the annual “Sunday Showdown.”

 

The Truist Atlanta Open runs from July 24 to August 1. The event’s best singles and doubles draw in its history is expected. The 2021 event will strictly adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

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This opening night match “checks all the boxes,” says Eddie Gonzalez, Truist Atlanta Open Tournament Director. “We welcome two US Open champions in Kim for the first time and the return of Sloane to Atlanta! Both of these women are proven champions on and off the court, with Kim being a mother of three and her nonprofit and charities helping junior tennis players who cannot afford the costs associated with training at a high level, and Sloane, with her tireless efforts helping kids with after school learning.”

 

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Clijsters, a native of Belgium, holds three US Open titles and also won the Australian Open in 2011. Stephens won her US Open title in 2017.

 

Clijsters, who holds 41 international titles and has been ranked No. 1 in the world, is excited to get her US hardcourt summer started and make some new fans.

 

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Atlanta. The event is a great showcase of tennis and I’m excited to be apart of the lineup.”

 

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Stephens returns to Atlanta at this event, having previously played against her good friend, Madison Keys. The South Florida native has reached the finals of the French Open, the WTA Tour finals, and has been ranked as high as No. 3.

 

"Returning to Atlanta is a great opportunity to get my summer started and see some familiar faces,” stated Stephens. “It's an honor to play against Kim and showcase women's tennis at a men's ATP event."

 

The “Sunday Showdown” women's exhibition is just the kickoff to a great week of tennis that also features five-time Truist Atlanta Open champion John Isner.

 

“I could not be more excited about live tennis and in-person attendance at Atlantic Station this summer,” adds Gonzalez. “These are the best tennis players in the world, and we have the best tennis fans in the world. As always, the health and safety of our spectators will remain our No. 1 priority, and we will work closely with local and state government and health officials alongside the ATP TOUR to ensure the safest environment possible for everyone involved with the tournament and the Greater Atlanta community.”

 

Safety protocols that will be in place include socially distanced stadium seating that complies with local guidelines, expanded space within the venue, face covering mandate, ample touchless hand sanitizer stations, contactless entry, screening and transactions, and robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout the venue. Fans will also notice an even more friendly layout to the grounds.

 

Stay tuned for more player commitments soon to be announced...

 

About the Truist Atlanta Open

The Truist Atlanta Open 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 American 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 and Entertainment is a live events and sports media entertainment company created by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital Management & Advisors, LLC. Formed in July 2015, GF Sports and Entertainment owns two of the ATP World Tour's longest running American tournaments, the New York Open and the BB&T Atlanta Open, as well as the New York National Lacrosse League team the New York Riptide. In addition, GF Sports is partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, to further develop and expand the AKC Meet the Breeds® event platform. GF Sports also incubates new and emerging sport concepts utilizing its global expertise and network to help develop niche sports.  Such concepts include Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.

 

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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