Ginepri, Harrison Accept Wild Cards
QUERREY, JOHNSON HEADLINE DOULBES TEAMS;
LOVETT TO PLAY QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
ATLANTA, July 15, 2014 – 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.
BB&T Atlanta Open doubles draw will include top Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, who are partnering together as well as playing in the singles draw. Querrey and Johnson reached the finals of the 2011 Tiburon Challenger.
Jonathan Erlich, the 2008 Australian Open doubles champ, holds the most doubles titles (17) of any player competing in this year’s draw. Most were won with Israeli Andy Ram, who is no relation to his partner here this year, American Rajeev Ram.
Two-time Atlanta doubles champion Ebden will play with Yen-Hsun Lu. Besides his win with Harrison, Ebden won in 2011 with Alex Bogomolov Jr. The duo has six doubles titles with other partners and is playing together for the first time here. Frank Moser, who was a finalist in 2011, has entered with Benjamin Becker.
2011 French Open mixed doubles champ Scott Lipsky will partner with Santiago Gonzalez. The duo has taken seven ATP doubles titles together. The two have amassed 13 additional doubles titles with other players.
Great Britain’s Ken Skupski is returning to Atlanta for a fourth time, but this time with his brother, Neal. The brothers reached the finals of the Kremlin Cup last year.
Atlanta resident Donald Young has entered to play with Divij Sharan and Ivan Dodig joins fellow Croat Ante Pavic. One-time Georgia Tech qualifier Juan-Carlos Spir, a native of Colombia, returns with Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez.
“In 2014 we have two players with Grand Slam titles, along with two of the best Americans playing double together,” Gonzalez added. “This should be an exciting year for our doubles competition.”
WILD CARD CHALLENGE
Korey Lovett, of Brevard, N.C., won the BB&T Atlanta Open Wild Card Challenge and earned a wild card into the Qualifying Tournament. Lovett, who will begin play at the University of Alabama this fall, defeated Raian Luchici, of Marietta, 6-3, 6-4 today. The challenge drew top players from in and around metro Atlanta in a multi-site tournament. The event’s prize was a qualifying wild card entry.
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About the BB&T Atlanta Open
Appearing in his third BB&T Atlanta Open final, John Isner won the 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open. Andy Roddick won his last ATP World Tour title when he defeated Gilles Muller at the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open. For the second straight year, the tournament was played at Atlantic Station, which was universally praised as an outstanding site for fans, players and sponsors. The 2013 tournament was expected to provide an economic impact of $10.3 million to the city of Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. The ATP World Tour formally awarded the ATP 250 sanction to the USTA Southern Section in December 2009.
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About the Emirates Airline US Open Series
Now in its 10th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won the 2013 US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles, each earning a record tennis paycheck of $3.6 million. In 2007, Roger Federer collected $2.4 million for winning the US Open and the Emirates Airline US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million and equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Emirates Airline US Open Series in second place.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 61 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World 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 2013 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour 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 ranked singles players and doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2013 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.
About Atlantic Station
A national example for sustainable mixed-use communities, Atlantic Station (www.atlanticstation.com) transformed an abandoned industrial site into a thriving entertainment district at the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood. Opened in 2005, Atlantic Station is home to some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants, retailers such as H&M and Dillard’s and leading employers such as Wells Fargo and BB&T. Atlantic Station each year hosts dozens of community gatherings, charity walks and neighborhood forums. Susan G. Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and other events at Atlantic Station have raised more than $50 million for Atlanta charities since 2005. A national leader in consumer engagement and technology, Atlantic Station has the No. 6 most followed Twitter feed among U.S. retail centers.
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For more information, contact:
Ron Cioffi, BB&T Atlanta Open Media Director, USTA Southern Director of Communications
Office: 770-368-8200 x112, Cell: 770-378-7856, Cioffi@sta.usta.com