The Atlanta Connection: Eubanks, Young Receive Doubles Wildcard
Atlanta-Based Pair Look to Make Another Atlanta Run
Atlanta’s top two ATP World Tour pros, Chris Eubanks and Donald Young, will once again join forces in Atlanta as the duo has accepted a main draw doubles wildcard into the 2019 BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data.
In 2018, the Eubanks/Young pairing defeated Matthew Ebden and Jackson Withrow in the opening round and then fell to 2018 BB&T Atlanta Open doubles champions, Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith, 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-8 in the quarterfinals.
Eubanks, an Atlanta native and former Georgia Tech All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year, reached the doubles quarterfinals of the Oracle Indian Wells Challenger earlier in 2019.
Young has reached the finals of one Challenger and the semis of another to highlight his doubles play in 2019. He is a two-time doubles semifinalist in Atlanta.
BB&T Atlanta Open Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez had previously announced that two-time Atlanta champions, the Bryan Brothers, will also return for 2019.
John Isner, coming off his most successful year in 2018 and looking for his sixth Atlanta title, is slated to be the top seed for the event running July 20-28, at Atlantic Station.
"Obviously I love to play in Georgia and to compete at the BB&T Atlanta Open where I feel at home and have had so much success,” stated Isner. “I can’t wait to get back on court at Atlantic Station in front of all those supportive tennis and Bulldog fans.”
The current ATP World Tour No. 11 is now shooting for something rare and special. Winning the same title six times, Isner holds a career mark of 31-4 in Atlanta and is looking to join the ranks of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors as the fifth American to win an ATP World Tour title on six occasions.
The BB&T Atlanta Open has welcomed more than 360,000 fans to Atlantic Station over the years, establishing itself as one of the top ATP tennis events in the US. Tickets for the 2019 BB&T Atlanta Open can be purchased at http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com/.
The new tournament venue, just steps from the previous entrance will offer more shade and air conditioning, more space for activations and suite location closer to court- just five rows from the action. Every seat in the stadium is close to the court and sight lines are some of the best in tennis. All week long there will be sponsor activities, player autograph sessions and delicious food/drink to go along with special events like Kid’s Day, College Night, Military Appreciation Night and more.
About the BB&T Atlanta Open Presented by First Data
The BB&T 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. John Isner won the 2018 singles championship as well as the 2016, 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.
About First Data
First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and more than 3,700 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The Company’s 19,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 3,000 transactions per second and $2.6 trillion per year. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com and follow us on Twitter at @FirstData and LinkedIn.
About U.S. Open Series
Now in its 17th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. This is five weeks, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive 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 grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About GF Sports
GF Sports is a sports and entertainment content company based in New York, NY. The company owns and operates several professional tennis and ice skating events, each with a rich tradition and longstanding role in their respective sports. GF Sports events included: · The BNP Paribas Showdown (New York, NY) · The New York Open · The BB&T Atlanta Open (Atlanta, GA) · Nancy Kerrigan's Halloween On Ice Tour. Throughout their storied histories, these events have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans, celebrities, sponsor guests, and some of the most iconic names in sports, all while generating significant exposure through multiple social, digital, and TV platforms. In addition to its current properties, GF Sports is in development on several other exciting and innovative sporting events.
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 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.
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