– John Isner and James Blake, the second- and fourth-ranked American men’s tennis players, have committed to play the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships. The Atlanta event, owned and operated by USTA Southern, will serve as the kick-off to the 2010 Olympus US Open Series.
Isner just jumped to No. 21 in the world following his run to the final at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis last week. The former University of Georgia All-American has won more than $1,180,000 in his career and has just reached his highest ranking ever, rising 123 places in the last 12 months. Known for his dominating first serve, the towering 6’9” native of Greensboro, N.C. has a 12-2 record on the ATP World Tour this year, including his first tournament win in Auckland. Isner was recently named by Captain Patrick McEnroe to the U.S. Davis Cup team for the first time.
Also committed to playing in the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships is Blake, the long-time American tennis star who has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world. Blake has won 10 ATP titles, including the 2006 Indianapolis tournament, which the Atlanta tournament is replacing. He started his career in 2000 and has been a Davis Cup stalwart for the American team. Included in People Magazine’s 2006-2007 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, Blake is also known for off-court accomplishments. He played tennis for two years at Harvard University and co-wrote the autobiography "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life" that reached 15th on The New York Times Best Seller list. The book chronicles Blake’s accident where he ran into a net post and broke his back.
Robby Ginepri, who lives in the metro Atlanta city of Kennesaw, Ga., was the first player to agree to play the tournament. He reached a career high No. 15 in 2005 after reaching the US Open semifinals.
The Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga., will be the tournament site from July 19-25. USTA Southern purchased the sanction for the ATP World Tour 250 tournament last December.
Premium tickets went on sale Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. ET. Other tickets will be available in March. For an order form or other ticket info, call (678) 527-2138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tournament web site is www.atlantatennischampionships.com.