Pair of Young Americans in Top-50 to Start Summer in Atlanta, Tickets on Sale
ATLANTA, GA May 18, 2021 – The player field is starting to come together for the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open.
Two top-50 Americans in Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka have committed to the summer event at Atlantic Station, to be held July 24-August 1.
Fritz, a native of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is currently the highest ranked American by the ATP at No. 31. He was a singles finalist in 2019, losing in two close sets to Alex de Minaur. So far in 2021, the 6'4” righty has reached the semifinals in events at Doha and Cagliari. He reached a career high ranking of No. 24 in 2020.
The big serving Opelka has been a fixture in the ATP top-50 since mid 2019. He returns to the site of his first ATP semifinal with two career singles titles and an opportunity to rise up the rankings. Opelka just reached his first ATP 1000 semifinal last week in Rome. The Delray Beach, Fla. resident plays his best tennis on hardcourts and being 6'11” helps his serve and return in the summer heat. Opelka has said on numerous occasions that the summer conditions in Atlanta suit his game.
“It's important we have the best Americans in Atlanta at the Truist Atlanta Open,” said Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. "Taylor and Reilly have supported our event with not only their play on the court, but also by participating in activations and events with our patrons and partners.”
Gonzalez added that Fritz and Opelka's sessions are typically “sold out” so getting ticket packages early is key this summer.
Fritz is looking to create more memories in Atlanta.
"I'm looking forward to returning to Atlanta and the Truist Atlanta Open. 2019 was a special week for me. It was the first time I was one of the top seeds in a big event and I look forward to building on that."
Fritz and Opelka join John Isner and University of Georgia's Trent Bryde as already announced singles main draw entries.
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. Fans will also notice an even more friendly layout to the grounds. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.
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.
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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.
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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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