Sock, GA Tech Players Receive Wild Cards

Singles WC to Jack Sock

ATP Stars, Local Georgia Tech Pair in Doubles Draw

 

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ATLANTA, July 15, 2021 – Eddie Gonzalez, Tournament Director of the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, announced a singles main draw wildcard and two main draw doubles wildcards into this year's ATP 250 event.

 

Tickets are available now for nine days of tennis action, July 24 – August 1, 2021, at Atlantic Station.

 

Former Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv doubles champion and crowd favorite, Jack Sock has been offered and accepted a singles main draw wildcard and will team up with 2016 Atlanta singles champ, Nick Kyrgios in taking a doubles wildcard.

 

Jack Sock

 

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Sock is dangerous anytime he steps on the court. Still just 28, the Lincoln, Neb. native has been ranked as high as No. 8 in singles and No. 2 in doubles. He has won four career ATP singles titles and holds 14 ATP doubles titles including three majors. He won in Atlanta in 2014 and also won the year-end ATP finals in 2018 with Mike Bryan.

 

“It's an amazingly strong doubles list,” said Gonzalez. “The addition of Jack and Nick adds depth and star power to a loaded field.”

 

The Australian, Kyrgios is an underrated doubles player and won an ATP doubles title at the Lyon 250 in 2018. Besides Atlanta, he owns five additional ATP singles titles and wins over each of the “Big 3”- Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

 

Joining Kyrgios and Sock as wildcards are a pair of student-athletes from Georgia Tech. Just coming off their freshman campaigns, Keshav Chopra and Andres Martin will be making the short trip from The Flats and taking to the big stage at Atlantic Station.

 

Andres Martin

 
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Martin, a redshirt freshman from Flowery Branch, Ga., is coming off a campaign that saw him go 11-9 in singles and 7-7 in doubles, but winning some important matches along the way for the Yellow Jackets. He reached the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championships (w/ McDaniel) losing in two tough sets to the No. 4 seeded duo. He defeated the No. 33 ranked player from Miami this spring and earned a doubles victory over the No. 10 team from Tennessee. A blue-chip recruit coming out of high school, Martin reached the quarterfinals in singles and the semis in doubles at the 2018 Easter Bowl.

 

Fun fact: Martin was a ballperson at the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv when he was 14 years old.

 

“I couldn't be more proud,” offered Martin. “I watched these guys when I was 11 and 12 years old. Now I will be out there with them.”

 

Keshav Chopra

 

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Chopra, a redshirt freshman from Marietta, sported a 10-7 singles record and 7-9 doubles record during fall tournaments and the 2020 regular season for Georgia Tech. That included winning the championship at the Georgia Tech Invite and winning doubles contests partnering with freshman Andres Martin against Auburn, The Citadel and No. 10 Tennessee in a one-week span in February. As a junior player, Chopra was ranked No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in Georgia for 2020.

 

“This is super special,” added Chopra. “I remember watching other players that received wildcards into the event and it gave me the belief that I could too.”

 

Georgia Tech Head Men's Tennis Coach, Kenny Throne was excited for his players and this opportunity.

 

“On behalf of Georgia Tech and American tennis, we appreciate this and your loyalty. Your actions show support. It's extremely well appreciated. These guys understand that and know how cool this is.”

The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv has welcomed more than 360,000 fans to Atlantic Station over the years, establishing itself as one of the top ATP tennis events in the US.
 

The 2021 event will strictly adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Fans will also notice and even more friendly layout to the grounds. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.

 

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

The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

 

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For more information, contact:

 

Rick Limpert

Media and Communications Manager, Truist Atlanta Open

rlimpert@gfsportsandentertainment.com

 

Becky Robinson for Truist Atlanta Open

678.516.2669

becky@chatterhousecommunications.com

 

 

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