Reinberg and Bryde to Play for Singles Qualifying Spot in
2019 BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data
By: Louis Monterosso for BBTAtlantaOpen.com
The semifinals of the 2019 BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data wildcard playoffs took place on the practice courts at Atlantic Station on Wednesday morning. Intriguing matchups featuring two current, one incoming, and one outgoing college player made up the schedule.
The winner on July 18 will earn a wildcard into the BB&T Atlanta Open singles qualifying draw that starts July 20.
Mathew Terry, a metro Atlanta native, and Emil Reinberg, who just finished up at the University of Georgia, took to the court for the first semifinal. It took Reinberg just over 30 minutes to take the first set as Terry seemed a bit tight, and hitting unforced errors. Terry did not have a single game point until the 6th game of the set where he held his serve for the first time to get on the scoreboard. Up 5-1, Reinberg had no issues serving the set out to take the lead in the match.
The second set was more even, as both players traded breaks to start. Terry struck first in the second game after Reinberg double faulted to hand Terry the early 2-0 lead. The very next game, Reinberg saw triple break points and seized his opportunity after Terry hit a backhand long. The Georgia Bulldog cruised through the next couple games, breaking Terry and holding his serve at love. Down 2-4, Terry now would give Reinberg a fight. The Cleveland State athlete knew when to strike as Reinberg struggled in his serving game- serving two double faults. That gave Terry an opportunity to even the set at 4-all. Terry hit his stride as he served two aces in the very next game to take the lead 5-4. Reinberg took advantage of his college experience as he went on to take the last three games of the match, sealing his spot in the final with an ace.
Trent Bryde beat recent Texas Tech commit, Tyler Stice, in two sets 6-3 6-2. Bryde was very dominant in the first set. Both players needed to get used to the new setting and the University of Georgia player adapted just a bit faster than his opponent. Both players started out the second set holding serve, but Bryde took advantage of a double fault to grab the 3-2 lead early in the second. It was all she wrote from there on. The recent high school graduate did not have an answer for the Bryde’s surprise serve and volley tactics. Unable to break back and come back in the set, Stice went down 6-2 in the second after Bryde hit a backhand down the line for the winner and the match. The final of the Wildcard Playoff will feature two Georgia Bulldogs, vying for a spot in the BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data Singles Qualifying draw. The match will take place at 11am on Court 3 of the practice courts.
Reinberg is no stranger to the BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data. He defeated Felix Corwin 6-2 7-5, to reach the Wildcard Playoffs semifinals. This Georgia Bulldog was the College Night player pick for the 2018 BB&T Atlanta Open and played in the singles main draw. Reinberg was named First-Team All-SEC for second time in four seasons in 2019. He also received an at-large bid to 2019 singles championships. He finished his senior season ranked No. 38 in ITA singles, also ranked No. 61 in ITA doubles rankings with Walker Duncan. He totaled eight victories against nationally-ranked opponents. In 2017, he received main draw doubles wildcard to the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open in July after reaching the singles semifinals of back-to-back International Tennis Federation Circuit events in Tulsa and Wichita.
Bryde also is familiar with the BB&T Atlanta Open presented by First Data. He's tasted success playing in his hometown ATP World Tour event before. In 2015, he won the Wildcard Challenge, and then defeated a former ATP touring pro in the first round of qualifying. The rising sophomore at the University of Georgia recorded eight wins in both singles and doubles to cap his first year as a Bulldog. He was ranked fourth nationally, and first in the state of Georgia as a junior while achieving a career-high No.8 ranking in the International Tennis Federation Junior World rankings. During his successful career, he competed in all four junior Grand Slams around the world, and was invited to participate in the prestigious ITF Junior Masters Event in Chengdu, China.
Wildcard Order of Play
Emil Reinberg v. Trent Bryde at 11:00 am
About BB&T Atlanta Open Wildcard Challenge
Where: Practice Court Area Near Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA
What: At stake is a wildcard into the BB&T Atlanta Open qualifying which begins on Saturday, July 20.
How: Free admission