Tuesday Night is 'College Night' at the Truist Atlanta Open, Tickets on Sale
ATLANTA, GA April 28, 2021 – Call it tennis' version of “Rocky Balboa,” or just the opportunity of a lifetime for one of the best college players in the country and you have “College Night” at the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open.
University of Georgia's Trent Bryde was offered the main draw singles wildcard on Tuesday and accepted.
Bryde is a junior on the tennis team, playing No.1 singles this season.
Nationally, he is Georgia's highest-ranked player in both singles (No. 12) and doubles (No. 8/Tyler Zink). For 2021, he is 14-12 overall playing at the No.1 singles spot and 13-5 in doubles action with an 8-3 record this spring to lead the Bulldogs.
Last year as a sophomore student-athlete, he received 2020 ITA All-America honors and was named to the 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. The native of Suwanee, Ga. ended the season ranked 12th in the most final ITA singles rankings and his 9-1 dual singles record led Georgia.
“We welcome Trent back to the Truist Atlanta Open,” stated Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. “He has competed in our event in the past and at Georgia he has proved himself on the court and in the classroom. He has competed against professionals before, but the ATP Tour is the biggest stage in men's tennis and I look forward to seeing him play a night match in front of a lot of Bulldog fans.”
The Truist Atlanta Open runs from July 24 to August 1. The event’s best singles and doubles draw in its history is expected. The 2021 event will strictly adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantaopentennis.com.
“I've been playing in the qualifying of this since I was 15 years old,” said Bryde upon accepting the wildcard. “Eddie Gonzalez is a tournament director that wants to give opportunities to young players. It's so big for us to jump-start our career and I can't wait to play the top guys in the world and it's going to be a fun night.”
University of Georgia Head Men's Tennis Coach Manny Diaz recognizes this is a big deal for Bryde and college tennis.
“We are so appreciative of Eddie Gonzalez and everyone at the Atlanta Open who continue to make college tennis a priority,” Diaz said. “Each year, this event hosts the best players from all around the world. This will be an invaluable experience for Trent as he gets ready for another season of college tennis with aspirations of playing pro tennis one day. We are excited for him and could not be happier about this tremendous opportunity.”
Safety protocols that will be in place include socially distanced stadium seating that complies with local guidelines, expanded space within the venue, ample touchless hand sanitizer stations, contactless entry, screening and transactions, and robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout the venue. Fans will also notice an even more friendly layout to the grounds.
Stay tuned for more player commitments soon to be announced...
About the Truist Atlanta Open
The Truist Atlanta Open 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 American 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 and Entertainment is a live events and sports media entertainment company created by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital Management & Advisors, LLC. Formed in July 2015, GF Sports and Entertainment owns two of the ATP World Tour's longest running American tournaments, the New York Open and the BB&T Atlanta Open, as well as the New York National Lacrosse League team the New York Riptide. In addition, GF Sports is partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, to further develop and expand the AKC Meet the Breeds® event platform. GF Sports also incubates new and emerging sport concepts utilizing its global expertise and network to help develop niche sports. Such concepts include Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.
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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