Media Day Highlights

2021 Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv Media Day featured John Isner,

Football Great Champ Bailey, Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan,

Community and Tournament Partners and More!

Fiserv Unveiled as New Presenting Partner for the Tournament

 

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ATLANTA, June 15, 2021 – Five-time Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv singles champion, and former University of Georgia All-American, John Isner headlined a stellar lineup of special guests and attendees at Media Day for the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv held today at the Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station. As part of the event, Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez announced Fiserv, a global leader in payments and financial technology, as the new presenting partner for the tournament, which will return to Atlantic Station on July 24 – August 1, 2021.

 

Also in attendance at the event was former UGA and NFL great, Champ Bailey as well as Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown who represents Atlantic Station and the surrounding area. Isner and Bailey are perhaps the two most successful professional athletes to come out of UGA in the last 15 years. It was a chance for media to meet with the special guests, tournament partners and hear what's new for tennis fans in 2021.

 

Isner is off to a great start in 2021. He has reached the quarterfinals at two events, including the Masters 1000 in Madrid. Traveling the world, Isner always smiles when he thinks about returning to play in Atlanta.

 

"Obviously I love to play in Georgia and to compete at the Truist 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.”

 

Isner, consistently in the top-10 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 Tour title on six occasions.

 

Top Americans and Atlanta favorites Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka will be returning in 2021. Fritz and Opelka have both tasted success in Atlanta and would love to add a Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv singles title to their resume.

 

“Atlanta tennis fans are in for a treat with the player field that will come together,” stated Gonzalez. 

 

Gonzalez said he and his staff have a commitment to make the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv a “Mini US Open,” so that means inviting the best women players for the annual “Sunday Showdown delivered by UPS”, this year on Sunday, July 25.

 

The opening night match will feature Kim Clijsters for the first time. Clijsters exemplifies the best in tennis and makes Atlanta one of the first stops on her comeback. The former world No. 1 and International Tennis Hall of Fame member has won four career Grand Slam singles title and two Grand Slam doubles crowns. Clijsters will take on Sloane Stephens, a former US Open champ herself and an Atlanta favorite.

 

Media Day also puts the spotlight on some of the supportive tournament partners and sponsors, the new location at Atlantic Station, as well as The Giving Kitchen as the charity partner.

 

Companies like Truist and Fiserv align perfectly with the tournament and how they interact with the community.

 

“We’re pleased to celebrate the return of professional tennis to Atlanta as the title sponsor of the Truist Atlanta Open,” said Jenna Kelly, Truist Georgia regional president. “Partnering with events like the Truist Atlanta Open to support our community is a great example of how we work toward our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”

 

“We are proud to be presenting, for the first time, the Truist Atlanta Open, a world-class event featuring the best in tennis,” said Leigh Asher, Chief Marketing Officer, Fiserv. “In recognition of the occasion, Fiserv will also sponsor donations to causes chosen by Kim Clijsters and Sloane Stephens as part of the Sunday Showdown. We believe companies are platforms for good and we’re honored to be part of an event that is committed to giving back to the community to move the world forward.”

 

The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv 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.
 

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 and 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 Amerian 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.

 

About GF Sports and Entertainment

GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events.  The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Truist Atlanta Open, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breeds touring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.

 

GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit http://www.gfsportsandentertainment.com/.

 

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 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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For more information, contact:

 

Rick Limpert

Media and Communications Manager, Truist Atlanta Open

rlimpert@gfsportsandentertainment.com

 

Becky Robinson for Truist Atlanta Open

678.516.2669

becky@chatterhousecommunications.com

 

 

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