2015 Tournament Preview: BB&T Atlanta Open

January 26, 2015 10:31 AM

Where: Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA

When: July 27-Aug. 2 (qualifying starts July 25)

Defending Champions: John Isner (singles); Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock (doubles)

Tournament Website: www.bbtatlantaopen.com

History: The BB&T Atlanta Open kicked off in 2010, with the tournament previously being played in Indianapolis starting in 1988. Past champions in Atlanta include Mardy Fish, John Isner and Andy Roddick. Boris Becker, Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras are among the players who won the tournament while it was based in Indianapolis.

2014 Recap: Defending champion and No. 1 seed Isner (pictured above) successfully defended his title by defeating Israel’s Dudi Sela, 6-3, 6-4. Isner saved two match points in his opening round against fellow American and 2009 champion Robby Ginepri. In doubles, reigning Wimbledon champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock won their first title together on U.S. soil by defeating Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, 6-3, 5-7, [10-5].  

2015 Preview: Played in the center of downtown Atlanta, with a view of the city’s skyline in the background, the BB&T Atlanta Open is one of the more unique venues in tennis. And as the first Series event of the season, it annually draws a top field that in recent years has included Fish, Isner, Roddick Ginepri, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt and Kei Nishikori, as well as rising young Americans including Sock, Ryan Harrison and Denis Kudla.

All-Time Atlanta Greats: Americans Sampras (1991-92 and 1996) and Roddick (2003-04, 2009) are the only players to have won this event three times (including its time in Indianapolis), while Bahamian Mark Knowles is the only three-time champion in doubles. Knowles and Daniel Nestor of Canada have won the doubles title twice (1995, 2002), as has the American team of Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg (1992, 1996).

Fun Fact: The 2013 singles final between 6-foot-10 Isner and 6-8 Kevin Anderson registered as the tallest combined singles final in ATP World Tour history.