Ryan Harrison and Robby Ginepri accept final wild card spots

July 15, 2014 01:36 PM
Robby Ginepri has good reason to call this tournament his home event.
Ryan Harris is a two-time Atlanta semifinalist.

Kennesaw resident Robby Ginepri and American Ryan Harrison have accepted the final two wild cards into the BB&T Atlanta Open main draw, Tournament Director and Chief Development Officer Eddie Gonzalez announced today.

Ginepri returns for his fourth time to Atlanta. He is the only active American man to who has reached a Grand Slam semifinal (2005 US Open). He has won three ATP World Tour titles, all on American soil. His career high ranking is No. 15 in the world.

Harrison reached the semifinals of the last year’s tournament before losing to runner-up Kevin Anderson, along with being a semifinalist in 2011. Harrison won the 2012 doubles championship here with Matthew Ebden, along with the 2011 Newport doubles crown. Two years ago Harrison was ranked No. 43, making him one of the most promising Americans on tour.

The BB&T Atlanta Open is the first men’s event on the Emirates Airline US Open Series and will be played July 19-27 at Atlantic Station. University of Georgia player Austin Smith had already accepted a main draw wild card.

“We’re ecstatic to welcome back two of our fan favorites in Ryan Harrison and Atlanta metro resident Robby Ginepri,” Gonzalez said. “One of our goals is to highlight American talent and both of these players are great examples of the fine players this country has produced.