Isner to Defend, Gauff, Fernandez in Women’s Exhibition

Tickets On Sale, Gauff/Fernandez Women’s Match, Fritz, Opelka Return

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ATLANTA, GA  March 28, 2022 – An exciting nine days of professional tennis is set to return to Atlanta and Atlantic Station this summer at the 2022 Atlanta Open. Once again, the event will feature many of the top singles and doubles players in the world including six-time champ, John Isner, along with an historic women’s exhibition match to be held on Sunday evening. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

The Atlanta Open is one of the 10 ATP World Tour events in the United States, and annually takes place to start the road to the US Open. Action this year will run from July 23-31 in Midtown Atlanta.

 

“All-session weeklong packages are on sale now,” stated Eddie Gonzalez, Tournament Director, GF Sports and Entertainment. “I couldn’t be more excited about the men’s draws we will have this year and our opening night women’s Sunday Showdown featuring Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez. Our stadium will sell out!”

 

Gonzalez added:

 

“This is not just a tennis event, but a community event. Along with the ATP Tour, GF Sports and Entertainment is always adding new advancements and offers a standing commitment not only to create the most fan-friendly experience across the sports and entertainment industry, but also to give back. We are all looking forward to this summer and the return of tennis.”

 

Player commitments:

 

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John Isner: Isner will return looking to make history with a seventh Atlanta title. The former University of Georgia All-American has been a fixture in the Top-10 for over a decade as well as the highest ranked American. He is the defending champ and 36-5 at this event. Isner is the third American man in the Open Era to win at least six titles at the same tournament. The other two are Pete Sampras (seven at Wimbledon) and Andre Agassi (six in Miami). Isner is also the oldest American to win a title on the ATP Tour since 37-year-old Jimmy Connors in Tel Aviv in 1989.

 

"I can't wait to get back to Atlanta and Atlantic Station this July,” said Isner. “After winning six titles, I'll be looking for a seventh in Atlanta and I’m eager to get out there with all the Bulldog fans and compete with a great field to kick off my US summer swing."

 

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Taylor Fritz: The 24-year-old American is off to a fast start in 2022. A 2019 singles finalist in Atlanta, Fritz is at a career high ranking of 13, fresh off a title at the BNP Paribas Open defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the finals. He also reached the fourth round at the 2022 Australian Open. He’s a fan favorite in Atlanta and could be knocking on the door of the Top 10 come July.

 

"I've had some of my best results the past three years in Atlanta, so it's great to start my summer on the hardcourts of Atlantic Station,” stated Fritz. “Atlanta has great tennis fans and they have always given me great support, so I encourage them to come out and be loud!"

 

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Reilly Opelka: At 6’11” and boasting one of the biggest serves in the history of tennis, Opelka’s game is tailor-made for the high bouncing hardcourts of Atlantic Station. The 24-year-old is a two-time Atlanta semi-finalist and so far in 2022, has reached his career-high ranking of 17 and won his third career ATP title indoors at the Dallas Open

 

"Playing Atlanta to start my summer is the best preparation for the US Open,” said Opelka. “I love the experience at Atlantic Station and all the fans. I always play my best tennis in Atlanta."

 

Once again, our Sunday Showdown delivered by UPS women’s match will start the week. This year’s Sunday Showdown features a popular young American taking on an upstart Canadian.

 

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Coco Gauff: The 18-year-old American is already one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour. The Delray Beach, Fla. resident, who grew up in Georgia received a wild card entry to Wimbledon in 2019 when she was 15, she defeated five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round. That year Gauff also reached the third round of the U.S. Open and won her first singles title at Linz. In 2021, she added a second singles title to her name and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open. Gauff was added to the U.S. Olympic team in June 2021, but didn’t play. She is currently ranked No. 19 in singles and No. 10 in doubles.

 

“It will be great to be back in Atlanta and play in front of friends who haven’t been able to see me play professionally yet in my early career,” explained Gauff. “I feel a connection to the Atlanta community and its great tennis fans."

 

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Leylah Fernandez: The 21-year old Canadian makes her first trip to Atlanta. A native of Montreal, Fernandez reached the finals of the 2021 US Open, defeating Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Aryna Sabalenka to reach the singles finals. She owns two career titles and reached the second round of the Tokyo Olympics. To conclude 2021, she was named the Canadian female athlete of the year. Fernandez is currently ranked No. 21 by the WTA.

 

"I’m very excited to be starting my summer in Atlanta with a match against Coco,” offered Fernandez.  “We've never played an official match on the WTA Tour, so this will be something special not only for Coco and me, but also the Atlanta community tennis fans."

 

These two young professionals have never met in tournament play.

 

Gauff and Fernandez will play Sunday Night, July 24. To secure your seats and guarantee tickets to every match, including the women’s Sunday Showdown, get your all-session package now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

Announced players fun facts:

 

John Isner: One of Isner’s favorite tweeting topics is the WWE. He’s said, “It’s something that I’ve loved since I was little, and I get a lot of grief about it, but it’s something I just love.”

 

Taylor Fritz: Fritz began playing tennis at the age of 2.

 

Coco Gauff: Serena Williams is the reason she started playing tennis. She watched the tennis legend during the 2009 Australian Open final and Gauff then picked up a racket at the age of four.

 

Leylah Fernandez: Fernandez is trilingual. speaks fluent English, French, and Spanish.

 

About the Atlanta Open

The 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 2021 title along with the  2018, 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. The tournament website is www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

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About U.S. Open Series

Now in its 18th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hardcourt 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 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 Dallas Open and the 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. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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For more information, contact:

 

Rick Limpert

Media and Communications Manager, Atlanta Open

rlimpert@gfsportsandentertainment.com

 

Becky Robinson for Atlanta Open

678.516.2669

becky@chatterhousecommunications.com

 

 

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