This year’s BB&T Atlanta Open in Atlantic Station is going to be very exciting. The buzz and activity surrounded around downtown Atlanta is not only contagious but just inspiring. First round main draw action begins today at 12 noon.

The tournament already has stirred a great deal of local attention due to Georgia Tech Sophomore tennis phenom Chris Eubanks winning two rounds in qualifying to advance to the main draw. What an amazing opportunity for an Atlanta-based tennis player who grew up playing USTA and ALTA matches to see his dream not only come true on the ATP World Tour stage but to be winning. Epic! The singles tournament top seed is defending champion American John Isner, followed by second seed Australian Nick Kyrgios, third seed South African Kevin Anderson and fourth seed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Other Americans in the tournament include Atlanta-based players Donald Young and Zack Kennedy.

The tournament is also celebrating the 20 year Anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with an Exhibit presented by Coca Cola from July 30 – August 7.  During this time fans will have the opportunity to see featured Olympic Games memorabilia and have the chance to meet with current and past medalists everyday from 2 to 3 pm.  The list includes the following:

Sunday July 31 from 2-3pm Kayla Harrison (Judo)
Monday August 1 from 2-3pm Nancy Kerrigan (skating)
Tuesday August 2 from 2-3pm Gigi Fernandez (Tennis)
Wednesday August 3 from 2-3pm Kent Steffes (Beach Volleyball)
Thursday August 4 from 2-3pm Brooke Bennett (Swimming)
Friday August 5 from 2-3pm Gail Devers (Track and Field)

Here are some 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open quick facts:

Tournament Level: ATP World Tour 250 Event

Site address: 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW Atlanta GA 30363
Singles main draw: 28 player draw with 4 coming from qualifying
Doubles main draw: 16 team draw
Prize Money: $618,020
Tournament Chairman: Jerry Solomon
Co-Chairman: Josh Ripple
Tournament Director and C.D.O.: Eddie Gonzalez
Tournament Manager: Valerie Mauney
Media Director: Rick Limpert

Monday’s Featured Match not before 6pm:

Chris Eubanks (USA)     verses         Reilly Opelka (USA)

Age: 20                                                   Age: 18
ATP Rank: 1809                                   ATP Rank: 556
Height: 6’7                                             Height: 6’11

Atlanta, GA                                            Palm Coast, FL

This first round presents a great opportunity for either young American player to gain valuable ranking points and an opportunity to move to the second round.  As long as Eubanks is still fresh after two rounds of qualifying, I would hope he can continue his run along with hometown support.

For more information on the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open visit Home New | BB&T Atlanta Open or #bbtatlantaopen


-Desmond Mclennon



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