ATLANTA - The Atlanta Tennis Championships announced 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick, 2010-11 ATC finalist John Isner and US Open mixed doubles champion Jack Sock have committed to play in the tournament, which is the opening event of the Olympus US Open Series.
In related news, the ATC and Atlantic Station have signed a multi-year deal that will bring tennis into the central area of the city July 14-22.
Roddick, who played in the inaugural ATC in 2010, has won 30 ATP World Tour titles and was the dominant American player of the last decade. He also reached three Wimbledon and one US Open finals between 2004 and 2009. In 2001 he won his first ATP World Tour title in Atlanta. He is currently ranked No. 14 in the world.
"I have some great memories of playing in Atlanta where I won my very first ATP World Tour event," Roddick said. "To return and have an opportunity to play in this remarkable new venue will be very exciting. July summer nights in the middle of Atlanta with the skyline lights towering above, along with the supportive tennis fans that always turn out here will make for one of the best stops on tour. I’m looking forward to playing in the Atlanta Tennis Championships."
Isner, who has signed a multi-year deal, is currently ranked No. 18 in the world, a tie for his career-high ranking. The towering 6’9" player is a former All-American at the University of Georgia and NCAA Division I champion. With a dominating first serve, he captured tournament wins in 2011 Winston-Salem Open, 2011 Newport and 2010 Auckland. He led the ATP this year with 811 aces. Isner was also named to the U.S. Davis Cup team for the first time in 2010. Isner is best known for winning the longest tennis match ever at 2010 Wimbledon. He played Nicholas Mahut in a match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, for a total of 163 games, over the course of three days.
"I’m excited about returning to the Atlanta Tennis Championships and playing in front of the enthusiastic tennis fans in Georgia," Isner said. "I’m also looking forward to playing at Atlantic Station, in the heart of the city, this year and the next several years. The energy and excitement of this unique setting will be fun for all the players."
Sock scored his biggest achievement when he and Marietta, Ga.’s Melanie Oudin won the US Open mixed doubles crown last September which included a victory over the top-ranked team. Sock also won consecutive titles at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in 2010-11.
Sock said, "It’s a real pleasure to attend the site announcement of Atlantic Station as the new home of the Atlanta Tennis Championships. This is a spectacular venue with a great ambiance and I can’t wait to compete here in July. I am truly honored for the tournament to include me in their plans and look forward to putting out the best performance I can."
Tournament Director Bob Bryant said, "With the addition of Andy, John and Jack, we are far ahead of past years in bringing in top talent at such an early date. Atlanta tennis fans watched Andy win his first title here in 2001 and he’s been a crowd favorite ever since. Georgia Bulldog fans are familiar with Isner’s 140-mph-plus serve and powerful forehand and we expect to see even more impressive and thrilling tennis from him for many years to come. Jack burst on the scene by winning his first Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open, playing mixed doubles with Atlanta’s own Melanie Oudin. We’re excited that these great players will be competing in this year’s tournament."
About the Atlanta Tennis Championships
Mardy Fish defeated John Isner in 2010 and 2011 to win the first two Atlanta Tennis Championships singles finals. Other top competitors included Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and Robby Ginepri, of Marietta, Ga. More than 72,000 spectators attended the tournament that offers $531,000 in prize money annually. The ATP World Tour formally awarded the ATP 250 sanction Atlanta Tennis Championships to the USTA Southern Section in December 2009. Premium tickets and daily tickets will be available at a later date.
About the Olympus US Open Series
The Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals every Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Novak Djokovic won the 2011 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Serena Williams won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history -- $2.4 million -- for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million -- the largest purse in women’s sports history.
About the ATP World Tour
With 62 tournaments in 32 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles at Grand Slams (non ATP members), ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 events. At the end of the season the world’s top 8 ranked singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, qualified to compete in the season’s climax - the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at London’s O2 arena, the event officially crowned the 2010 ATP World Tour Champion and determined the final South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com
About USTA Southern
The USTA is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 187,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total USTA membership. The section owns and operates the Atlanta Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament. A professional staff housed in Norcross, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com
About Atlantic Station
A national example for sustainable mixed-use communities, Atlantic Station (www.atlanticstation.com) transformed an abandoned industrial site into a thriving entertainment district at the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood. Opened in 2005, Atlantic Station is home to some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants, retailers such as H&M and Dillard’s and leading employers such as Wells Fargo and BB&T. Atlantic Station each year hosts dozens of community gatherings, charity walks and neighborhood forums. Susan G. Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure and other events at Atlantic Station have raised more than $50 million for Atlanta charities since 2005. A national leader in consumer engagement and technology, Atlantic Station has the No. 6 most followed Twitter feed among U.S. retail centers.