BB&T Atlanta Open
- Tournament level: ATP World Tour 250 Event
- Tournament dates: July 22-July 30, 2017; Qualifying: July 22-July 23, 2017
- Site: Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta, Ga., 30363,www.atlanticstation.com
- Tournament office: 264 19th Street, Suite 2220, Atlanta, Ga., 30363
- Singles main draw: 28-player draw with four players coming from qualifying
- Doubles main draw: 16-team draw
- Qualifying draw: 16-player singles draw
- Emirates Airline US Open Series: Atlanta is the third event in the nine-tournament series leading up the US Open. 2017 will be the fourteenth year of the Series.
- Web site: www.bbtatlantaopen.com
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- 2017 prize money: $618,030; total financial commitment: $693,435
- 2017 Stadium Court seating capacity: 3,513
- 2017 total seating capacity including AJC Grandstand & Court 3: 4,225
- 2016 attendance: 30,229
BB&T Atlanta Open History
The sanction for 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. After a successful completion of the BB&T Atlanta Open 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, with victories over Adrian Mannarino, Taylor Fritz and surprise semifinalist, Reilly Opelka. The former Georgia Bulldog was also playing his sixth Atlanta final to Kyrgios’ first.
In his inaugural Atlanta appearance, the 21-year old began his run for a second career ATP career title, by taking out fellow ATP #NextGen star 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 visit.
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 #NextGen 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 the eventual champ, 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.
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Emirates Airline US Open Series
The Emirates Airline US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. 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 2012, Emirates Airline became the title sponsor of the Series. The Emirates Airline US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian.
In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Emirates Airline announced a global, integrated sponsorship of the US Open and US Open Series in February 2012. As part of the agreement, Emirates becomes the "Official Airline of the US Open " and the title sponsor of the "Emirates Airline US Open Series," whose 10 events combine to form the summer hard court professional tennis season and lead into the US Open.
The seven-year partnership will enable the airline to strengthen its connection with U.S. consumers through a long-term investment in U.S. sport. The sponsorship rights include integrated consumer experiential elements and substantial digital media assets and opportunities. Emirates will have a significant on-court presence and also receive global promotional rights. In 2011, the US Open Series collectively reached a U.S. viewing audience of 39 million and drew more than 800,000 fans.
"Our new partnership with the USTA and sponsorship of the prestigious US Open represents a further strengthening of Emirates’ presence within the United States," said Sir Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice-Chairman of Emirates Airline & Group. "With the launch of Seattle, our sixth U.S. gateway on March 1, Emirates will soon offer 59 flights a week to North America, connecting more U.S. consumers than ever to our vast global network spanning six continents."
"Our continued expansion across the country and the advent of a new brand era for Emirates makes this the perfect time to embark on our first major, national sponsorship in the United States," continued Sir Maurice. "Through this partnership, we hope to create a deeper connection with our customers through sharing in and supporting their passions. Emirates is a strong champion of North American sports and this sponsorship will enable us to enhance the fan experience at these tournaments while building a lasting relationship with tennis in the U.S."
"This partnership truly is a combination of prestigious global brands and we’re thrilled to welcome Emirates Airline as a USTA Corporate Champion," said Lew Sherr, Chief Revenue Officer, USTA. "While we look forward to supporting Emirates’ efforts to build awareness in the U.S., we’re also excited to leverage their global network and promote our events to an equally sophisticated, global clientèle."
Through the sponsorship, Emirates will enhance attendees’ experiences and engage with viewers through mainstream and digital platforms and an on-site presence during all US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series events. During the 2012 US Open in New York (August 27 – September 9), Emirates will create an integrated fan experience – both on and off the court – demonstrating the airline’s award-winning, world-class service, as well as opening doors to Emirates’ network of destinations across six continents.
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.
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