Qualifying Wildcard to Donald Young
ATLANTA, July 22, 2021 – With his win in the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open Wildcard Playoffs on Thursday, Atlanta ATP tourning pro, Donald Young has earned his way into the qualifying draw that starts play on Saturday, July 24.
Young defeated Auburn University tennis player, Tyler Stice 6-3, 6-2, in 74 minutes on the Grandstand Court at Atlantic Station.
“This is reason we have this wildcard playoff,” explained Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. “We are excited to have Donald. He's a former top-50 player, has traveled the world playing tennis, but needed this wildcard to get into our event.”
Young joins a qualifying draw that had a cutoff ranking of 135.
Both players held serve to 3-3 in the first set when Young's deep groundstrokes forced errors from Stice.
Young converted his second break point to earn the first break of serve. That appeared to add confidence to the Atlanta resident as he held serve easily and the ended the first set with a break.
The ATP Tour veteran earned an early break to go up 2-1 and started to mainly focus on holding his serve. While the final set may have been 6-2 in favor of Young, the games were close and Stice had a couple opportunities to break serve, but was unable to convert. Young's serve was never broken and he appeared to thrive in the heat.
“Things change, life changes and the pandemic,” stated Young. “I just haven't been able to play as much, but thanks to Eddie and the team over here for putting (this qualifier on).”
Young will play his first round qualifying match on Saturday.
Limited tickets remain available for nine days of tennis action which will run at Atlantic Station, July 24 – August 1, 2021.
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 Breedstouring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.
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About The ATP
As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.