DraftKings All-American Team Cup Comes to Metro Atlanta July 3-5
Professional Men’s Tennis Comes to Gwinnett County in 2020
John Isner Leads Top Eight Americans in Unique Format at Life Time Athletic in Peachtree Corners
ATLANTA, GA June 24, 2020 – Professional men’s tennis will be a reality this summer in Peachtree Corners as the DraftKings All-American Team Cup, featuring the top-eight American men in the world rankings will descend on Gwinnett County for a unique singles team competition at Life Time Athletic and Tennis in Peachtree Corners. This is the latest in live events from GF Sports, which also owns Atlanta’s Truist Atlanta Open and the New York Open, held annually in February. The dates are July 3-5, with a patriotic Fourth of July theme in place.
The event allows ticketed fans into the Life Time stadium court with “social distancing” in place.
The event will benefit the Folded Flag Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scholarships and support grants to the spouses and children of the U.S. military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations. The winning team will present a $10k check to Folded Flag to help honor and support military families who have served our country.
Tickets are now available. The Friday and Saturday start time is 12pm, followed by a 6pm evening session start. Friday and Saturday sessions have 2 singles matches per session (2 during the day/2 in the evening) Start time on Sunday being 12pm with 4 consecutive singles matches to be played. A note that no onsite parking at Life Time is available unless patrons have a parking pass!
With the ATP Tour’s suspension of ATP events through the end of July due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Truist Atlanta Open will not take place as scheduled.
“I’m excited because this is a perfect chance to see the best American players in one weekend. It was an easy decision to partner with DraftKings and LifeTime, two important names in sports,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Tournament and Event Director for the DraftKings All-American Pro Team Cup. “The health and safety of everyone associated with this and any event today is paramount as we navigate any reopening amid the ongoing health crisis and coronavirus pandemic,” added Gonzalez.
While other professional sports in the United States are starting a return to action, albeit without fans, the DraftKings All-American Team Cup is welcoming fans, with limited and measured ticket sales to the public.
Five-time Truist Atlanta Open and University of Georgia All-American John Isner, will headline the DraftKings All-American Team Cup field. Isner is currently ranked No. 21 and he will be joined by Taylor Fritz (No. 24), Reilly Opelka (No. 39), Sam Querrey (No. 45), Tennys Sangren (No. 55), Tommy Paul (No. 57), Steve Johnson (No. 63) and Frances Tiafoe (No. 81).
This is a team competition that features the top-eight American male tennis players, globally to help raise money for military charity partner, Folded Flag Foundation and help recognize and honor high school senior tennis players across metro Atlanta. “Team STRIPES” will include Isner, Querrey, Sandgren and Johnson, with Isner to serve as team captain. “Team STARS” will consist of Tiafoe, Opelka, Fritz, and Paul, with Tiafoe serving as team captain.
Scoring and details- 2 out of 3 regular scoring sets with 10-point match TB in lieu of full 3rd set. Chair umpire will officiate with players calling their own lines. No ball person team, each side of the court has a bin for balls that players have access to and another bin to place their towel. A court monitor will check these areas on each changeover to ensure enough balls, sanitize, etc. Pro Team Cup competition: 1st day, each win is worth 1 point. 2nd day, each win is worth 2 points, and 3rdday, each win is worth 3 points. In the event of a tie at the conclusion, the last match played participants will do a 7-point tiebreaker to determine overall team winner. Team winner will present a $10k check to Folded Flag Foundation and winning team will receive the 1st annual All-American Team Cup Trophy
“COVID-19 abruptly ended so many High School tennis team seasons, let alone HS Senior years. So, we would like to help create a positive end to their senior year of high school as much as possible,” stated Gonzalez.
About GF Sports
GF Sports 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 owns two of the ATP Tour's longest running American tournaments, the New York Open and the Truist 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.
DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) is a digital sports entertainment and gaming company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with products that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming and digital media. Headquartered in Boston, and launched in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the only U.S.-based vertically integrated sports betting operator. DraftKings is a multi-channel provider of sports betting and gaming technologies, powering sports and gaming entertainment for 50 operators across more than 15 regulated U.S. and global markets, including Arkansas and Oregon in the U.S. DraftKings’ Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major U.S. and international sports and operates in the United States pursuant to regulations in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports product is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sports categories. DraftKings is the official daily fantasy partner of the NFL as well as an authorized gaming operator of the MLB and NBA.
About Life Time®, Inc.
As a wellness pioneer, Life Time is reshaping the way consumers approach their health by integrating where we play, work and live – all with the primary objective of helping people lead healthy, happy lives. With more than 150 destinations in 41 major markets across the U.S. and Canada, Life Time operates luxury athletic resorts, owns and produces iconic athletic events and is expanding its brand through Life Time Work premium coworking spaces and Life Time Living high-end leased residences. For more information visit lifetime.life.
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For more information, contact:
Rick Limpert, Media and Communications Manager, DraftKings All-American Team Cup
Becky Robinson for DraftKings All-American Team Cup