He's flashy, a shotmaker, and possesses one of the best one-handed backhands in tennis.
He's French, and he just committed to the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event taking place July 19-27 at Atlantic Station.
It's Richard Gasquet, and Atlanta tennis fans are in for a treat. This will be Gasquet's first appearance in Atlanta.
Gasquet joins defending champ and local favorite John Isner in the BB&T Atlanta Open field.
That makes two players currently ranked in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings with Gasquet at No. 9 and Isner at No. 10.
They join American Sam Querrey and France’s Gael Monfils, who committed back in February.
Also taking to the court, much to the delight of music fans will be Yacht Rock Revue.
Yacht Rock Revue will perform, live in concert on Wednesday, July 23, after the conclusion of the last match. The concert is included in the regular ticket price and will take place on Stadium Court.
Yacht Rock Revue is a ‘70s/80s light rock tribute act. They can go from Hall & Oates to Little River Band to Steely Dan at the drop of a hat. Their vocals and renditions are spot on.
It's all part of a vision to combine tennis and entertainment to kick off the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series.
“Atlanta will host some of the most talented players in the world and we’re proud to add Richard Gasquet to the esteemed roster,” said Tournament Director and Chief Development Officer Eddie Gonzalez. “Our vision is for the BB&T Atlanta Open to be a ‘mini US Open,’ and, with this year’s world-class talent, this is our best field ever! We’re also excited to announce fan favorite band Yacht Rock Revue, which ticketholders can hear without leaving their seats. Fans will get to enjoy world-class tennis and then one of Atlanta’s most popular bands, all included in the ticket price.”
Theme days and nights this year will include:
YMCA, Kids Day
ALTA and USTA Night
Fan Appreciation Day.
The popular USTA Family Zone will also be open throughout the tournament welcoming all ages to play tennis for free.
Order your tickets now. Packages are priced as low as $35/ticket and can be purchased at www.bbtatlantaopen.com or by calling 404-941-9202.