BB&T Atlanta Open Hosts 13 Olympic Tennis Players
All four American singles players in Atlanta field at Atlantic Station
The tournament is the first men’s event in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
Andy Roddick, John Isner, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison have been selected to represent the United States at the London Olympics. Additionally, Roddick and Isner are on the Olympics roster as a doubles team.
The Olympics tennis competition starts on Saturday, July 28 -- only six days after a champion is crowned in Atlanta -- and will be played on the storied grass courts at Wimbledon.
Olympians from seven countries on three continents will play the Atlanta tournament. International players in the singles main draw are: Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Dmitry Tursunov, Russia; Lukas Lacko, Slovak Republic; Yen-Hsun Lu, Chinese Taipei; Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda, Japan; and Gilles Muller, Luxembourg. Other singles players who are in the Olympics doubles competition are Nishikori/Soeda, and Lacko.
Additionally, the doubles team of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins is playing for Great Britain.
Said Tournament Director Bob Bryant, “We are delighted to showcase America’s best as all four U.S. singles Olympians will be playing in the BB&T Atlanta Open. We hope our tournament will provide them and the nine other Olympic athletes a chance to compete at the highest level before moving to Wimbledon in search of gold medals.”
Tickets for the BB&T Atlanta Open are on sale now. Buying a tennis ticket can be confusing, so to de-confuse the process, here are some FAQs.
I've bought my ticket. Where can I watch tennis?
One ticket gives you access to all three courts. When you purchase a ticket, that ticket grants you an assigned seat within Stadium Court for the matches during that session. That same ticket allows you to enter United Way Grandstand Court and Court 3 as well as the rest of the entire grounds including the practice courts. United Way Grandstand Court and Court 3 have a first-come, first-served seating where you can sit close to the action, sometimes in the first row with some luck and planning. Once all the Stadium Court seats have been sold, grounds passes will be available that grant the fan access to United Way Grandstand Court and Court 3. If you are interested in reserving a seat on United Way Grandstand Court, please contact BB&T Atlanta Open Ticket and Sales Manager, John McDevitt.
What is a session? Most days consist of one session. Friday and Saturday are the exceptions as there are two sessions on Friday and Saturday. The first session on Friday (7/20) begins at 1 p.m. and the second will begin at 7 PM. This schedule is the same for Saturday (7/21), therefore if you plan on attending the BB&T Atlanta Open all day Friday or Saturday, you must have a Day and Night session ticket. You may enter the grounds up to an hour before the start of the first match of the session.
Where will I be sitting? The BB&T Atlanta Open offers five different levels of seats. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Suites, Courtside Seats, Platinum Seats, Gold reserved seats and Silver reserved seats. Courtside and Platinum seats are located in the lower level of the stadium and consist of individual chairs with backs, while Gold reserved and Silver reserved seats consist of bleacher style seating in the upper level of the Stadium.
Where can I sit in shade? The West side of Stadium Court will capture the most shade. All five seating levels are offered on the West side of Stadium Court.
Where do the players and umpire sit? The players and umpire will sit on the West side of Stadium Court.