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The Atlanta Open (known for sponsorship reasons as the BB&T Atlanta Open), is a professional men's tennis tournament that has been played in the Atlanta area in the United States since 2010, usually during July or August. The tournament is played on outdoor hard courts as part of the USTA's US Open Series, the seven-week summer season lead-up to the U.S. Open.

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Tournament information
Founded2010
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
United States
VenueAtlantic Station (2012–pres)[1]
Category250 series (2010–present)
SurfaceHard / Outdoor
Draw28S/32Q/16D
Prize money$780,450 (2018)
Websitebbtatlantaopen.com
Current champions (2018)
Men's singlesUnited States John Isner
Men's doublesUnited States Nicholas Monroe
Australia John-Patrick Smith

The event was previously held in Indianapolis from 1988 until it was moved to Atlanta after 2009. The Atlanta Open was known as the Atlanta Tennis Championships for its first two years before signing BB&T as a title sponsor in 2012. In 2015, the tournament was acquired by GF Sports from its then-owners, the USTA.[2]

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HistoryEdit

In 2009, the Association of Tennis Professionals purchased the license for the tournament in Indianapolis because of low ticket sales and a struggle to attract top players.[3] In December 2009 it was announced that the ATP had sold the license to a group in Atlanta, Georgia, where it would be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club.[3] Prior to 2010 Atlanta had previously held a tennis tournament known as the Verizon Tennis Challenge from 1992 to 2001. That tournament, also held at the Atlanta Athletic Club, included Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe among its past champions.

In 2011 the tournament moved to the Racquet Club of the South in Atlanta.[4] In 2012, the tournament gained BB&T as title sponsor and changed its name to the BB&T Atlanta Open.[5] The 2012 and later editions have been held in Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta. Temporary courts are constructed around the retail and residential area's central park. The main court has a capacity of 4,000 people.[6] In 2015, the tournament was acquired from the USTA by GF Sports.[7]

For its first six years, the Atlanta Open singles was dominated by Americans. Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, and John Isner were the only men to win the event before Australian Nick Kyrgios defeated Isner in the 2016 final. Isner, a former Georgia Bulldog and local favorite, owns the tournament records for most finals (8) and most titles (5).

FinalsEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2010   Mardy Fish   John Isner 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2011   Mardy Fish   John Isner 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–2
2012   Andy Roddick   Gilles Müller 1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
2013   John Isner   Kevin Anderson 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)
2014   John Isner   Dudi Sela 6–3, 6–4
2015   John Isner   Marcos Baghdatis 6–3, 6–3
2016   Nick Kyrgios   John Isner 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4)
2017   John Isner   Ryan Harrison 7–6(8–6), 7–6(9–7)
2018   John Isner   Ryan Harrison 5–7, 6–3, 6–4

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2010   Scott Lipsky
  Rajeev Ram
  Rohan Bopanna
  Kristof Vliegen
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [12–10]
2011   Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
  Matthew Ebden
  Matthias Bachinger
  Frank Moser
3–6, 7–5, [10–8]
2012   Matthew Ebden
  Ryan Harrison
  Xavier Malisse
  Michael Russell
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
2013   Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  Igor Sijsling
  Colin Fleming
  Jonathan Marray
7–6(8–6), 6–3
2014   Vasek Pospisil
  Jack Sock
  Steve Johnson
  Sam Querrey
6–3, 5–7, [10–5]
2015   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
  Colin Fleming
  Gilles Müller
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–4]
2016   Andrés Molteni
  Horacio Zeballos
  Johan Brunström
  Andreas Siljeström
7–6(7–2), 6–4
2017   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
  Wesley Koolhof
  Artem Sitak
6–3, 6–4
2018   Nicholas Monroe
  John-Patrick Smith
  Rajeev Ram
  Ryan Harrison
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–8]

RecordsEdit

Record Player(s) Count Years
Winner of most
Men's Singles titles
  John Isner 5 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
Winner of most consecutive
Men's Singles titles
  John Isner 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Most Men's Singles finals   John Isner 8 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Winner of most
Men's Doubles titles (individual)
  Matthew Ebden 2 2011, 2012
Winner of most consecutive
Men's Doubles titles (individual)
  Matthew Ebden 2 2011, 2012

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Atlanta Tennis Championships Projects: NUSSLI
  2. ^ "From Memphis to Atlanta: The Reemergence of American Tennis". www.bbtatlantaopen.com.
  3. ^ a b "Tennis Championships sold to Atlanta group". WTHR.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Championships to be held at the Racquet Club of the South". atpworldtour.com. 7 December 2010.
  5. ^ "News - ATP World Tour - Tennis". atpworldtour.com.
  6. ^ Robertson, Doug (2011-12-19). "Atlanta Tennis Championships headed to Atlantic Station". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  7. ^ "From Memphis to Atlanta: The Reemergence of American Tennis". www.bbtatlantaopen.com.

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