The BB&T Atlanta Open was originally purchased by USTA Southern and the USTA from the ATP World Tour on December 17, 2009. The 250-point tournament had been played in Indianapolis beginning in 1921. In August 2015, GF Sports, LLC, a newly formed integrated event content company, formed by the New York-based financial management company GF Capital Private Equity Fund, and its founder Gary Fuhrman, along with long time sports executive, Jerry Solomon and his Lynnfield-based company, StarGames, acquired the tournament.
For the first time in the tournament’s seven-year history, a non-American took home the BB&T Atlanta Open singles title as Aussie Nick Kyrgios dethroned three-time defending champ John Isner, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).
Isner entered Atlanta with a 15-match winning streak on the line, and posted victories over Adrian Mannarino, Taylor Fritz and surprise semifinalist, Reilly Opelka. The former Georgia Bulldog was playing his sixth Atlanta final to Kyrgios’ first.
In his inaugural Atlanta appearance, the 21-year old Kyrgios began his run for a second career ATP career title, by taking out young American Jared Donaldson 7-6(4), 6-3 in his opening round match. In the quarterfinals awaited Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who was also making his first Atlanta appearance.
Verdasco pushed the 2015 Australian Open quarterfinalist to the brink of defeat, but not before Kyrgios regrouped and took the match in three sets, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. Kyrgios faced another young star on the rise in his semifinal match, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. The 20-year old baseliner scored convincing wins over ATP vets Horacio Zeballos and Alexandr Dolgopolov before falling to Kyrgios, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.
The week wrapped up with Argentinians Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos capturing the 2016 doubles title, defeating Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom of Sweden, 7-6(2), 6-4.
In their first tournament together as a team, Molteni and Zaballos only dropped one set en route to the final, narrowly escaping defeat to the Indian duo of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the semifinals, 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7.
The Argentine tandem managed to dodge raindrops on a stormy Sunday to prevail after one hour and 33 minutes. Molteni clinched his first ATP World Tour title in his second doubles final, while Zeballos claimed his fifth career doubles crown and first on hard courts.
Top seeded American John Isner completed a hat trick by swept aside Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open 6-3, 6-3 for his third consecutive title.
The former University of Georgia star started his title defense quickly, grabbing an early break of serve. Gambling more on his first and second serves as the first set progressed, Isner ended up dropping only one point on serve in the opening set.
Baghdatis took an injury timeout in the second set to try to treat a reoccurring groin injury, but it did little to disrupt the momentum of the match, eventually leading Isner to his 10th career title.
Isner landed 71% of his first serves and didn't face a single break point throughout the match, only losing three points on serve in his nine service games. Baghdatis was aiming to end a title drought which dates back to 2010 in his first ATP World Tour final since 2011.
The world’s greatest doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, capitalized on their inaugural BB&T Atlanta Open appearance by defeating Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the final ,4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4. Muller, who had just completed a semifinal Saturday with over five hours on court, eventually succumbed to his fatigue latter in the finals match, allowing the Bryans to secure their 107th title as a team together.
The tournament’s theme: “World-Class Field, World-Class Fun” brought on new musical talents for fans to enjoy in 2015. ‘70s soul legends, The Commodores, kicked off the tournament with an exclusive concert on stadium court on Qualifying Saturday.
In front of an ecstatic audience of tennis enthusiasts, the group performed “old school” Motown jams from the 1970s until now, having listeners singing along and bopping in their seats throughout the evening.
Wednesday’s post-match concert was put on by popular country band, LoCash. Led by Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, the group took time off their "I Love This Life Tour” to perform hits such as, "Here Comes Summer," "Keep In Mind," and "C.O.U.N.T.R.Y." in front of a stadium audience.
No.1 Israeli Dudi Sela upset Donald Young, Sam Querrey, and Benjamin Becker en route to his second ATP World Tour final appearance, but failed to pull off the biggest potential upset. 6’10 top-seed John Isner was too much for the 5’9 Sela as Isner cruised to his second consecutive BB&T Atlanta Open title winning 6-3, 6-4.
With the heat index peaking at 100 degrees, Isner took advantage of his height and serve against the smaller Sela. This helped him gain an early break to begin the first set; Isner wouldn’t look back, playing ahead the rest of the match until his victory.
In six of his nine ATP World Tour wins, Isner was able to gain a break in the first set.
The second set was more of the same, but with Isner breaking Sela in the fourth game.
Isner saved one break point late in the second set, but closed out the match with a 139-mph ace down the center, to claim yet another ATP World Tour 250 title and confidence heading into the rest of the summer.
In the first match of Champions Sunday, Wimbledon defending doubles champs Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil defeated Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson 6-3,5-7, 10-5 to capture the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title. Pospisil and Sock are now 10-0 (2 title wins) since they've started playing together.
With the definitely partisan Georgia crowd on his side yelling "Go Bulldog," John Isner put his third-set disappointments behind him and slammed the door on Kevin Anderson. In his third BB&T Atlanta Open final, Isner rode the wave of University of Georgia fans and won 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2).
With dogged play, Isner stood his ground, saving all 11 break points that Anderson threw at him. In the tenth game of the first set, Anderson couldn’t convert two set points. At 1-1 in the second set, Isner saved two more break points. Additionally, in his opening game of the final set, he stared down four break points, finally converting on the third deuce.
In the final tiebreak, Isner took control early, and raced to a 6-1 lead on two mini-breaks. A backhand unforced error by Anderson finished the long final running 2:54.
The match reached new heights and made history; the two players -- 6’10" Isner and the 6’8" Anderson.-- combined for the tallest size of two singles finalists in ATP history.
After falling short in the finals of the Claro Open Columbia, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling avenged their last loss by capturing the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title, taking down Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.
Andy Roddick made his mark as an 18-year-old by winning the Atlanta tournament on clay in 2001, his first ATP World Tour crown. Eleven years later, he won his last championship at the BB&T Atlanta Open. A month later, he announced his retirement during the US Open.
Roddick cruised to his 32nd ATP World Tour title 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 defeating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Roddick overcame a minor injury in the first set and changed the momentum in the match to cruise in the third set.
Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, La., and Matthew Ebden defeated Xavier Malisse and Michael Russell to win the doubles crown 6-3, 3-6, . In 2011, Ebden took the doubles crown while playing with Alex Bogomolov Jr.
The tournament began the first of a multi-year contract to be hosted by Atlantic Station. The multi-use complex in Atlanta's Midtown section was a huge hit with players, fans, ATP World Tour and Emirates Airline US Open Series officials. Besides a spectacular view of Atlanta's skyline, Atlantic Station also provided many amenities, including dozens of restaurants, shops and a multiplex movie theater. Atlantic Station will continue to be the site until at least 2014. Mardy Fish, the 2010 and 2011 champion, and John Isner, America's highest ranked player and former Georgia Bulldog, are committed to play through 2014.
Mardy Fish repeated as the singles champion of the tournament that was then called the Atlanta Tennis Championships. He played John Isner for the second consecutive year in the final. While both matches went to a third set, Fish had an easier time in the final set this year as opposed to 2010, winning 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2.
Unseeded American Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Matthew Ebden of Australia edged out the unseeded German team of Matthias Bachinger and Frank Moser 3-6, 7-5, [10-8] in a third-set match tiebreak to earn the doubles crown.
Lifetime Fitness Atlanta (known then as the Racquet Club of the South), in Norcross, Ga., hosted the tournament with an intimate setting July 18-24, 2011. A unique stadium court with sharply angled steps made for an up-close-and-personal feel. The club also featured 34 tennis courts, eight of which were indoors and were used for the International Food Court, Mall of Tennis, a second player lounge and a practice court. The facility also included six 36' USTA 10 and Under Tennis courts and many with blended line for 78' plays. The club also has two platform tennis courts.
The inaugural tournament, called the Atlanta Tennis Championships, was played at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga., July 19-25, 2010. Mardy Fish defeated John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) to win the singles title. Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram defeated Rohan Bopanna, of India, and Belgian Kristof Vliegen 6-3, 6-7(4), [12-10] to win the doubles crown.
Other top players who competed included Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Robby Ginepri and Taylor Dent.
The tournament attracted 41,000 attendees and also more than 5,000 persons for qualifying.
Emirates Airline US Open Series
The Emirates Airline US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Emirates Airline signed on for a seven-year agreement to be the name sponsor of the series in 2012.
Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals every Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Emirates Airline US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Andy Murray won the 2010 men’s title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history -- $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 -- the largest purse in women’s sports history.
Atlanta ATP Tournament
The first Atlanta ATP tournament began in 1985, however, it only stayed for one more season after it moved to Orlando, FL. The tournament then returned to Atlanta from 1992-2001 and was played at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga., in late April. From 1992 to 1999, it was called the AT&T Tennis Challenge. In 2000, it was named the Galleryfurniture.com Tennis Challenge and, in 2001, it was called the Verizon Tennis Challenge. Singles champions include former No. 1 players Andy Roddick (2001), Pete Sampras (1998) Andre Agassi (1989, 1991 and 1992) and John McEnroe (1985).
In 2001, the tournament drew 75,097 fans, had a $400,000 purse and was telecast by FOX Sports Net to 114 countries.
The 1996 Olympics
The 1996 Olympics were played in Stone Mountain, east of the city. Singles gold medalists were Americans Agassi and Lindsay Davenport. Doubles gold medalists were Americans Mary Joe and Gigi Fernandez (unrelated) and Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.
Other Atlanta Tournaments
The Atlanta WCT was played as a part of the World Championship Tennis Tour in Atlanta from 1973-1976. It was played on outdoor clay courts in 1973-74 and on indoor carpet courts in 1975-1976. Singles champions were Ilie Nastase (1976), Mark Cox (1975), Dick Stockton (1974) and Stan Smith (1973). Doubles champions included Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Robert Lutz and Smith.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour played a one-year tournament in 1997 at Stone Mountain. Davenport won the singles crown.
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships traces its roots back to 1921, when the Western Open Championships were held for the first time at the famed Woodstock Country Club. As the sport’s popularity rose with the dawning of the Open Era in 1968, Indianapolis became home to the nationally-recognized US Men’s Clay Court Championships.
By 1974, the sport was attracting such booming crowds that Indianapolis required a new venue to host the tournament – the Indianapolis Racquet Club – featuring eight newly constructed outdoor clay courts, which at the time made it the second-largest indoor facility in the country. The dream of bringing Indianapolis to the forefront of the international tennis landscape became reality in 1979, when the Indianapolis Sports Center — later to be known as the Indianapolis Tennis Center, site of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships — was constructed.
The Indianapolis Sports Center hosted the U.S. Open Clay Court Championships until 1987, when the complex became a self-supporting, year-round tennis facility. Fourteen of 18 clay courts were resurfaced with DecoTurf II, the same surface used at the US Open. With the change in the surface came a change in the tournament’s name and date. The event became known as the U.S. Men’s Hardcourt Championships and gained the attention of the world’s best players as a premier warm-up stop on the road to the US Open. Stars like Sampras, McEnroe, Agassi, Roddick, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Carlos Moya, Patrick Rafter and Gustavo Kuerten flocked to Indianapolis over the years to tune up their game before American’s Grand Slam.
The tournament morphed once again in 1992 as its growing popularity led Thomson Consumer Electronics to become the new title sponsor through its RCA brand. Thomson/RCA supported the Indianapolis Tennis Championships through 2006. RCA was the longest running title sponsor of a men’s professional tennis tournament in North America. In 2007, the tournament changed its name once again. RCA ended its run as the title sponsor and the tournament became known as the Indianapolis Tennis Championships.
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Finals
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