Top Qualifying Seeds Advance
ATLANTA, July 24, 2021 – Singles qualifying began Saturday morning at the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, in Midtown, Atlanta. Eight qualifying matches were on the schedule.
The day began on stadium court and featured Austrian Sebastian Ofner versus young American Samir Banerjee. At only 17, Banerjee was coming off the run of his career after winning the Wimbledon Boy's Singles in London and is competing in his first ever ATP event. The veteran Austrian would look to use his experience to give him the edge he needed. The first set was a back and forth, battle with both players eagerly looking to secure a break. It would be Ofner who would finally convert a late break in order to take the opener 7-5.
Despite winning the first set, it was the Austrian who took a medical timeout before the start of the second. It did not seem to slow him down at all as he jumped out to an early break lead after the first game of the set. From then on it was a dead even battle with both players fighting to hold. Banerjee would show flashes of brilliance and promise that demonstrate why he is a top American prospect. After numerous long games, he was unable to convert on any of his nine break points. Ofner would go on to serve out the match at 5-4 to give him a 7-5 6-4 win in the first round of qualifying and get the tournament underway.
The second match on Stadium featured German Peter Gojowczyk up against hometown favorite, Donald Young. The Atlantan had secured entry into the qualifying draw after playing the Wildcard Playoffs hosted here in Atlanta. Gojowczyk would come out of the gate hot and won the first four games of the match leading to an early 5-1 lead. Young was then able to break back at 5-2 looking to fight his way back into the set, but the German would not let another opportunity to serve for the set slip out of his hands and finish out the first on his serve 6-4.
Both players held serve to open up the second set, but Gojowczyk would get a break at 1 all that would be able to push him to victory. Young then proceeded to lose his next service game at 1-3 to go down a double break. Then the trainer was called on court to attend to the Atlanta native, but he was unable to recover and drop the set 6-1 to Gojowczyk to end the match.
The third match of the Day on stadium court was played by a very eager Noah Rubin, and a Russian Evengy Donskoy. Rubin is coming off a very tough loss in Newport in the first round of qualifying. The American is looking to use this loss as fuel in his match against Donskoy, who is a tough veteran. Rubin started the set off very hot with three aces giving him an easy first game. He used this momentum to take the first set 6-3, making it look easy.
The second set was much more of a battle as Donskoy was able to get an early break and hold it, making it 4-1. Rubin still had a lot to say as he fought back to hold his serve, but it was not enough to stop Donskoy from taking the second set 6-3. The third set was close and a nail-biter until Donskoy broke Rubin at 4-3. With all confidence moving in Donskoy’s favor, he was able to take it to the finish line 6-3,3-6,6-4.
RESULTS - JULY 24, 2021
Qualifying Singles -
Qualifying -  P. Gojowczyk (GER) d [WC] D. Young (USA) 64 61
Qualifying -  C. O'Connell (AUS) d Y. Watanuki (JPN) 75 64
Qualifying -  E. Donskoy (RUS) d N. Rubin (USA) 36 63 64
Qualifying -  J. Jung (TPE) d L. Lacko (SVK) 64 67(4) 63
Qualifying - [Alt] J. Ward (GBR) d  I. Marchenko (UKR) 63 76(1)
Qualifying -  S. Ofner (AUT) d [WC] S. Banerjee (USA) 75 64
Qualifying - B. Fratangelo (USA) d  E. Ymer (SWE) 76(5) 63
Qualifying - M. Ebden (AUS) d  G. Soeda (JPN) 63 76(4)
ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021
STADIUM COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying -  P. Gojowczyk (GER) vs [Alt] J. Ward (GBR)
Qualifying -  J. Jung (TPE) vs B. Fratangelo (USA)
SUNDAY SHOWDOWN Sloane Stephens Kim Clijsters
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
Qualifying -  C. O'Connell (AUS) vs  S. Ofner (AUT)
Qualifying -  E. Donskoy (RUS) vs M. Ebden (AUS)
TOURNAMENT PRO-AM 4 to 6 pm
The main draws of singles and doubles were released on Saturday. The top singles seeds in order are as follows: Milos Raonic, Jannik Sinner, Cameron Norrie, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, John Isner, Benoit Paire, Lloyd Harris.
Limited tickets remain available for nine days of tennis action which will run at Atlantic Station, July 24 – August 1, 2021.
About the Truist Atlanta Open
The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv 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.
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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 & 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 presented by Fiserv, 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 Breedstouring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.
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