The Atlanta Tennis Championships has announced that 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, 2010-11 ATC finalist John Isner and U.S. Open mixed-doubles champion Jack Sock have committed to play in the tournament, which is the opening event of the Olympus U.S. Open Series in July.
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 finals and one U.S. Open final between 2004 and 2009. In 2001, he won his first ATP World Tour title in Atlanta. He is currently ranked 14th in the world.
“I have some great memories of playing in Atlanta where I won my very first ATP Word 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 18th 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 titles in 2011 at Winston-Salem and Newport, and in Auckland in 2010. He finished second this year with 811 aces to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s 825.
“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 U.S. 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.
“It’s a real pleasure to attend the site announcement of Atlantic Station as the new home of the Atlanta Tennis Championships," said Sock. "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.