2016 Champ, Australian Nick Kyrgios Withdraws from BB&T Atlanta Open
ATLANTA, July 21, 2017 – BB&T Atlanta Open defending champion and ATP World Tour No. 20, Nick Kyrgios, has withdrawn from next week’s Atlanta event citing a right hip strain.
"Having to make the decision not to defend my title at the BB&T Atlanta Open was really tough and disappointing," said Kyrgios. "We were very hopeful up to the last moment that my hip could respond and allow me to compete at the highest level, but unfortunately it's just not ready. I hope all of the fans in Atlanta know that I wish I could have returned to win again, and hopefully I will be able to do so in the future."
“Everyone in Atlanta wishes Nick the best and a speedy recovery back to ATP World Tour action,” stated BB&T Atlanta Open Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. “He has been a great BB&T Atlanta Open champion, and we look forward to welcoming him back in the years to come.”
Americans Jack Sock and three-time Atlanta champion, John Isner, are slated to be the tops singles seeds when the draws are released this weekend. 2015 men’s doubles champions, Bob and Mike Bryan are set to be the top seed in the doubles draw.
The BB&T Atlanta Open has welcomed over 280,000 fans to Atlantic Station over the past seven years, establishing itself as one of the top ATP Tour tennis events in the US. Tickets for the 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open can be purchased at http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com/.
About the BB&T Atlanta Open
The BB&T Atlanta Open is held each year in July in Atlantic Station and is one of eight 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. Nick Kyrgios won the 2016 singles championship while John Isner won the 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.
About U.S. Open Series
Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive 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 grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
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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 60 tournaments in 30 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 2017 ATP World Tour 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 best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams will 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 2017 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.
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