Paul, Donaldson Earn Opening Round Wins
College Night on Tuesday, Eubanks and Cox/Reinberg in Action
ATLANTA, July 24, 2017 – Main draw play in singles and doubles began on Monday at Atlantic Station. As the sun began to descend, loyal Atlanta fans were glued to their seat to witness what turned out to b, a three-set showdown between American Tommy Paul and South Korea’s, Hyeon Chung. Paul, who earned a spot in the main draw through the qualifying draw, outlasted Chung 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, but it wasn’t easy.
Beginning the match with a long, six-deuce game, both players used their athleticism to run down drop shots and deft angles hit by their opponent. Momentum continually shifted through the first two sets as the opponents had long rallies throughout the set. Though Chung claimed the first set, Paul quickly bounced back in the second, winning 6-2.
Both players held serve at the start of the third. Paul claimed the first break of the set for a 3-2 lead on a laser-like forehand winner down the line. A pumped up Paul used this as confidence and the support of the crowd to finish out the set. He made a point to credit the enthusiastic Atlanta crowd for helping him keep his energy up through a “close and grueling third set.”
Paul next plays the winner of Reilly Opelka and Malek Jaziri.
After an almost three-hour rain delay stalling play to start the day, the BB&T Atlanta Open welcomed the faceoff between Lukas Lacko and Thomas Fabbiano on the stadium court for the opening round of singles play in the main draw. Lacko, currently ranked No. 129, dominated every aspect of the match, punctuated by big serves and huge forehands to cruise past No. 89 Thomas Fabbiano 6-1, 6-2.
In Tuesday’s late match. BB&T Atlanta Open eighth seed Jared Donaldson advanced to the second round after a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ernesto Escobedo. Donaldson and Escobedo, both American NextGen players at 21 years of age, played two close sets, but Donaldson prevailed after taking control of the points with strong serves, good returns, and deep rallies, while capitalizing on Escobedo’s struggling serve in the second set.
Tuesday is College Night at the BB&T Atlanta Open. Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks is in action as is the local college doubles team of Jordan Cox (Georgia Gwinnett)/Emil Reinberg(Univ. Of Georgia).
RESULTS - JULY 24, 2017
Singles - First Round
[Q] T. Paul (USA) d  H. Chung (KOR) 4-6 6-2 6-3
 J. Donaldson (USA) d E. Escobedo (USA) 6-3 6-1
[Q] Q. Halys (FRA) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 7-5 7-6(7)
L. Lacko (SVK) d T. Fabbiano (ITA) 6-1 6-2
Doubles - First Round
 P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) d T. Huey (PHI) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 7-6(2) 6-7(2) 10-4
[PR] J. Millman (AUS) / Sa. Ratiwatana (THA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 6-2 6-2
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / H. Nys (FRA) 7-5 6-0
ORDER OF PLAY - TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs  K. Edmund (GBR)
 D. Young (USA) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)
F. Tiafoe (USA) vs [PR] J. Millman (AUS)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) vs [WC] C. Eubanks (USA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
 B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS)
AJC GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
[WC] R. Opelka (USA) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)
B. Fratangelo (USA) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
P. Gojowczyk (GER) vs G. Pella (ARG)
D. Sela (ISR) vs K. Kravchuk (RUS)
 N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) vs A. Qureshi (PAK) / So. Ratiwatana (THA)
W. Koolhof (NED) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [WC] J. Cox (USA) / E. Reinberg (USA)
Tickets available at www.bbtatlantaopen.com