Singles WC to Former World No. 3 Milos Raonic
Qualifying Wildcard to 2021 Wimbledon Junior Champ, Samir Banerjee
ATLANTA, July 20, 2021 – The few remaining spots in the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv main and qualifying singles draws are being filled just days before the first balls are struck in Midtown.
Canada's Milos Raonic has accepted the final main draw singles wildcard into Atlanta. The 6'5” big-serving Raonic is one of the most successful Canadian singles male players in history. His career-high No. 3 ranking is the highest ever ranking for a Canadian man in any era. He is the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final. Raonic is currently ranked No. 22 and will be the No. 2 seed in Atlanta.
The Canadian earned the biggest win of his career defeating then No. 2 Roger Federer at 2014 Paris Indoors en route to his second of four ATP Masters 1000 finals.
“Milos is the consummate professional and a great addition to our player field,” stated Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez. “His record speaks for itself and Atlanta tennis fans are in for a treat when Milos is on the court.”
Raonic joins a loaded singles field featuring No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 23 Jannik Sinner and 5-time Atlanta champion John Isner.
A potentially big story could be brewing in the singles qualifying draw with the awarding of a wildcard to 2021 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, Samir Banerjee.
Earlier this month, in the first all-American boys’ singles final at the All England Club since 2014, Banerjee of Basking Ridge, N.J., defeated Victor Lilov 7-5, 6-3. The 17-year old called it a "crazy moment" but is staying grounded and as a rising high school senior, has committed to playing collegiate tennis for Columbia University. Benerjee has been training at Centercourt Academy in Chatham N.J. Centercourt was established in 1974 and is a leader in sports programming with eight facilities across the state of New Jersey and 750,000 square feet of field, turf and court space. Banerjee is attracting interest because he is not the typical American junior player that hugs the baseline. He likes to play aggressive, approach the net and even serve and volley.
“I'm excited to meet Samir and see him play,” added Gonzalez. At GF Sports and Entertainment, we are highly focused on growing American tennis from grass roots to the professional level. As part of this commitment, we work very closely with the best tennis programs around the country including Centercourt. We would like to congratulate Samir and Centercourt for their dedication to the sport!”
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.
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 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 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
As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.
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