The BB&T announced that it has secured two players with Top 20 ATP rankings; Sam Querrey and Gael Monfils. Both players are new to the event and look forward to coming to Atlanta. The BB&T runs July 19-27 and will be held at Atlantic Station.
Beginning Monday, March 3, fans can purchase Weeklong Ticket Packages. These packages include a ticket to all 11 sessions. In addition, four different seating levels will be available with package pricing starting as low as $35/ticket. Check out the tournament’s website at www.bbtatlantaopen.com. Or, you can call 404-941-9202.
Querrey, a former top 20 player from California rose to N. 17 during 2011. He’ll enter Atlanta with several ATP World titles under his belt. Querrey boasts five crowns in Los Angeles, along with London/Quen’s Club, Memphis, Belgrade and Las Vegas. He’s also made the finals in five events on the pro tour.
Fans will be able to watch Querrey play both singles and doubles at the BB& Atlanta Open. Querrey’s four doubles titles wins include two wins with reigning champion John Isner , one win with Mardy Fish and one win with James Blake. Querrey rocks in on the Davis Cup tour where he’s reached 15 finals out of his 20 Davis Cup appearances.
Querrey said, “I’m really looking forward to playing Atlanta for the first time. I know John Isner, whom I’ve won two doubles titles with, has had great success there and I want to go head-to-head with him and the rest of the field.”
Gael Monfils, Parisian native, has a unique style of play. Dubbed as the “Flying Frenchman”. Monfils leaps with acrobatic athletic ability when playing out points and is considered a treat to watch. Formally No. 7 in the world a few years ago, Monfils is working his way back from injury. During the past six months he’s climbed from No. 106 up to No. 23.
“I’ve heard so much about Atlanta as an international city which hosted the Summer Olympics,” said Monfils. “It is also a city known for its diversity and a large tennis playing population. I look forward to playing in its unique venue, too.”
Monfils has racked up over $7 million in prize money and has reached the finals 21 times in his singles career thus far.
“We’re bringing in two new faces to Atlanta,” said Tournament Director and Chief Development Officer Eddie Gonzalez. “These are two exciting players who will add a new look to the tournament: an American who will bolster our country’s profile in Atlanta and a European who has wowed crowds around the globe.”
Gonzalez says to keep a lookout for more notable players entering the tournament. In addition, lots of themed days and nights are planned to attract the crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for the following tentative events are in the works:
- free concerts in Central Park
- the annual “Tennis Night on the Town” fundraising dinner to benefit the YMCA
- Kids Day
- Military Night
- College Night
- 80’s Night
- Ladies Day
- ALTA and USTA Night and Fan Appreciation Day.