Atlanta Open (tennis)

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Atlanta Open
2016 BB&T Atlanta Open
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Tournament information
Founded 2010
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Venue Atlantic Station (2012–pres)[1]
Category 250 series(2010–present)
Surface Hard / Outdoor
Draw 28S/32Q/16D
Prize money $693,425
Website Official Website
Current champions
Men's singles Australia Nick Kyrgios
Men's doubles Argentina Horacio Zeballos
Argentina Andres Molteni

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.

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]

The current singles champion of the Atlanta Open is Nick Kyrgios, the first non-American to win the event, and the current doubles champions are Horacio Zeballos and Andres Molteni.

History[edit]

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 (6) and most titles (3).

Finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2010 United States Mardy Fish United States John Isner 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2011 United States Mardy Fish United States John Isner 3–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–2
2012 United States Andy Roddick Luxembourg Gilles Müller 1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
2013 United States John Isner South Africa Kevin Anderson 6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)
2014 United States John Isner Israel Dudi Sela 6–3, 6–4
2015 United States John Isner Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 6–3, 6–3
2016 Australia Nick Kyrgios United States John Isner 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4)

Doubles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
2010 United States Scott Lipsky
United States Rajeev Ram
India Rohan Bopanna
Belgium Kristof Vliegen
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [12–10]
2011 United States Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
Australia Matthew Ebden
Germany Matthias Bachinger
Germany Frank Moser
3–6, 7–5, [10–8]
2012 Australia Matthew Ebden
United States Ryan Harrison
Belgium Xavier Malisse
United States Michael Russell
6–3, 3–6, [10–6]
2013 France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Netherlands Igor Sijsling
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
7–6(8–6), 6–3
2014 Canada Vasek Pospisil
United States Jack Sock
United States Steve Johnson
United States Sam Querrey
6–3, 5–7, [10–5]
2015 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
Luxembourg Gilles Müller
4–6, 7–6(7–2), [10–4]
2016 Argentina Andrés Molteni
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
Sweden Johan Brunström
Sweden Andreas Siljeström
7–6(7–2), 6–4

Records[edit]

Record Player(s) Count Years
Winner of most
Men's Singles titles
United States John Isner 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Winner of most consecutive
Men's Singles titles
United States John Isner 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Most Men's Singles finals United States John Isner 6 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Winner of most
Men's Doubles titles (individual)
Australia Matthew Ebden 2 2011, 2012
Winner of most consecutive
Men's Doubles titles (individual)
Australia Matt Ebden 2 2011, 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
ATP International Series Gold Tournament of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Austria Kitzbühel
Preceded by
None
ATP International Series Tournament of the Year
19901997
Succeeded by
United States Miami