Main Draw Released, Atlantans Have Mixed Results

Steve Johnson

 

July 23, 2022 – A draw ceremony mraked the start of the 2020 Atlanta Open and the release of the singles and doubles main draws.

 

Tournament director Eddie Gonzalez describes the draw as, “… a strong American field!” He also remarked that this year’s draw is action packed, “If you’re a tennis fan and this doesn't wow you, I don’t know what does.” 

Americans Reily Opelka and John Isner are the top seeds in singles.

Singles qualifying began on Saturday.

Steve Johnson defeats Bruno Kuzuhara to move into Round Two of qualifying. 

 

Johnson secured a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over Kuzuhara to open the Atlanta Open. 

The first set started out rocky for `Johnson. The American had a difficult time holding his serve. Bruno Kuzuhara was able to secure an early break and quickly found himself ahead 4-1. However, Johnson was not going to go down without a fight. He broke Kuzuhara to make the score 4-3. After Johnson broke, a battle of the breaks ensued. Kuzuhara broke Johnson only for Johnson to break right back. Bruno Kuzuhara would have the last word in the first set, as he broke Steve Johnson one last time to claim a 6-4 first set victory. 

The second set started out much like the first. Serve struggles continued for both players. Six consecutive service games were lost. Steve Johnson was the one to find his serve. Johnson held serve to make it 4-4 and then broke Kuzuhara to secure a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately for Johnson, he was broken when trying to serve for the match, giving Kuzuhara another opportunity to comeback. Kuzuhara could not hold and gave Johnson another chance to serve out the set. Johnson dropped his service game and sent the second set into a tiebreaker. 

The tiebreaker was incredibly tight. Just like in the first two sets the players were going back and forth. Johnson was able to get a lead late in the breaker. This lead allowed Johnson to win the tiebreaker 8-6 and force a deciding set.

 

Johnson found his footing in the third set. Steve won six of the nine games, breaking Kuzuhara twice. Johnson’s forehand was lethal. Kuzuhara could not find a way to neutralize Johnson. It seemed that whatever Kuzuhara did Johnson had an answer for. Steve Johnson won the third set after forcing Kuzuhara to make a forehand error. Johnson won the match 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3. 

A strong start from Ernesto Escobedo would grant him an early 3-0 lead. He was able to break Peter Gojowczyk’s serve and hold two of his own service games. Down but not out, Gojowczyk turned his game around and held service for the rest of the set. Despite Gojowczyk’s efforts, Escobedo claimed a 6-3 victory in the first set.

The second set saw an even start for both players, with service games consistently held between the two. After holding, Gojowczyk found himself ahead 5-4 and a golden opportunity to take the second set. A strong returning game from the German would gift him victory, and both players a set each.

Off to a solid start, both players were able to hold serve with relative ease. However, Peter Gojowczyk would take complete control of the third set. He would win the next five games in a row and serve Escobedo a breadstick. Gojowczyk won the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated American Stefan Kozlov in a rather one-sided qualifying match 6-0, 6-1. This marks the fourth meeting between the two and the third time Ramanathan has claimed victory. 

Ramanathan, age 27, is No. 196 in singles and is chasing his first title in Atlanta after being eliminated at Newport in the first round of qualifying. 

Ramanathan dominated the first set as he won without conceding a single game to Kozlov. His powerful front hand and ability to cover ground quickly caused plenty of problems for Kozlov who found himself forced into many uncomfortable situations. That, paired with several unforced errors saw him lose out in several games where he initially held the lead. 

It looked like Kozlov might manage to make a comeback in the second set when he denied Ramanathan after four consecutive game points to make it 3-1. Ultimately, he was not able to make up the difference and Ramanathan went through to the next round. The Atlanta Open singles draw is here! The Peach State’s ATP tournament revealed the much-awaited draw on Saturday afternoon. The draw features American superstars Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, and Jenson Brooksby. 

Donald Young, the hometown kid from Atlanta, Ga, defeated J.J Wolf in an unusual fashion. After the second set, Wolf rolled his ankle and couldn’t continue the match, granting Young the victor.

The first set showed how closely these two were talent-wise. Wolf would take an early 2-0 set lead, but Young would keep the match close never trailing by any more than 2 games. Young would come as close as one game, but Wolf sealed the deal in the waning moments of the set which he would seal with a 6-4 win.

 

The second set would see the same outcome, but this time Young was on the receiving end of the victory. The two opponents held serve until they were both at 4 games apiece after Wolf brushed off his shaky start to the set. But Young would use his momentum to hold off any comeback attempt from Wolf and won the next two games giving him a 6-4 set.

 

The match took a turn when Wolf tweaked his ankle in the second set. Young won three straight games and it was apparent that Wolf couldn’t continue. Wolf would steal one game, but after not being able to return any of Young's serves, he threw in the towel. This granted Young a 3-1 victory and a 2-1 match win.

 

Main draw matches begin Monday July 25 at 11 a.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m. 

Mens

Qualifying Singles -

First Round

Qualifying - [1] A. Mannarino (FRA) d R. Albot (MDA) 64 26 62

Qualifying - [3] S. Johnson (USA) d [WC] B. Kuzuhara (USA) 46 76(6) 63

Qualifying - [4] J. Draper (GBR) d C. Eubanks (USA) 64 57 64

Qualifying - [5] P. Gojowczyk (GER) d E. Escobedo (USA) 36 64 61

Qualifying - [6] T. Daniel (JPN) d R. Berankis (LTU) 63 76(4)

Qualifying - [Alt] R. Ramanathan (IND) d [7] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 61

Qualifying - [WC] D. Young (USA) d [8] J. Wolf (USA) 46 64 31 Retired

Qualifying - D. Koepfer (GER) d [Alt] B. Gojo (CRO) 62 75


 

ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022

STADIUM COURT start 11:00 am

Qualifying - [3] S. Johnson (USA) vs [5] P. Gojowczyk (GER)

Qualifying - D. Koepfer (GER) vs [WC] D. Young (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

Qualifying - [1] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [6] T. Daniel (JPN)

Not Before 12:30 pm

Qualifying - [4] J. Draper (GBR) vs [Alt] R. Ramanathan (IND)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singles qualifying begins on Saturday in Midtown, Atlanta at the 2022 Atlanta Open. This year's ATP 250 event will run from July 23-31, as the U.S. Open Series kicks off on the North American hardcourts at Atlantic Station.

 

Adiran Mananarino is the top seed in qualifying. He faces Radu Albot in the first round. 

 

Other matches of interest are Atlanta's own Donald Young taking on JJ Wolf in the third match on the Stadium. Former Georgia Tech standout, Chris Eubanks wraps up play on the Stadium taking on Jack Draper. 

 

ORDER OF PLAY - SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2022

STADIUM COURT start 10:00 am

Qualifying - [3] S. Johnson (USA) vs [WC] B. Kuzuhara (USA)

Qualifying - [1] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs R. Albot (MDA)

Qualifying - [WC] D. Young (USA) vs [8] J. Wolf (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm

Qualifying - [4] J. Draper (GBR) vs C. Eubanks (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am

Qualifying - R. Berankis (LTU) vs [6] T. Daniel (JPN)

Qualifying - E. Escobedo (USA) vs [5] P. Gojowczyk (GER)

Qualifying - [Alt] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [7] S. Kozlov (USA)

 

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