John Isner, who had his best Grand Slam performance ever at Wimbledon last week, comes back to Georgia for the BB&T Atlanta Open.. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Getting into the BB&T Open, July 21-29

The BB&T Atlanta Open begins this weekend, bringing tournament tennis to Midtown Atlanta and bringing University of Georgia grad John Isner back to the Peach State.

In addition to Isner’s return, the ATP World Tour event will offer a rematch between the two finalists from the 2017 U.S. Open, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, in a sold-out  exhibition match on Sunday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Staged at Atlantic Station from July 21-29, the tournament will present $668,460 in prize money. Last year the tournament drew 30,000 spectators to the facility.

Isner comes back from England with his best ever Grand Slam performance, making it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for a typical Isner marathon, where he battled with Kevin Anderson for six hours and 36 minutes.

The 2018 players field includes 2016 champ Nick Kyrgios, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.

Atlantic Station is a popular work-live-play development, with movies, shopping and world-class tennis.

Tickets

Tickets range for $35-$225 for single sessions; $425-$9,000  for week-long passes and $244-$390 for weekend packages.

Check here for the latest on availability. 

For a $20 upgrade ($25 at the box office), you can gain access to the new Champions Club, which offers private air-conditioned space overlooking the AJC Grandstand court, along with a cash bar and food offerings.

The ticket hotline is 404-941-9202

Parking

There are 7,000 parking slots in the Atlantic Station deck, and parking for the first two hours is free.

Lexus owners will have complimentary parking in the 20th Street parking lot, north of Atlantic Station. Go here for details.

Atlantic Station has dedicated drop-off and pickup zones for Uber and Lyft rides; more information about transportation is available here

Kickoff concert

Country music’s Home Free vocal band will perform a kickoff concert Saturday, July 21, from 8:30-10 p.m., as part of the “Timeless World Tour.”; $29-99; go here to learn more.

Food and drink

Concessions are available at the tournament and include a wide variety of food, drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Prohibited items

No outside food or drink is allowed into the stadium, except for a single 20 oz. or smaller sealed plastic water bottle, one per person.

Other prohibited items are backpacks, hard-sided coolers,  umbrellas, briefcases , backpacks, aerosol cans (including suntan lotion), tripods or monopods for cameras, weapons, pets (unless a service animal), flags, banners, or signs, laser pointing devices, tennis racquets, bicycles, scooters of any type and other restrictions. 

Matches

Qualifying matches will be held July 21-22; finals will be Sunday, July 29.

Directions

Atlantic Station is in Midtown Atlanta, at 1380 Atlantic Dr NW. Go here for details. 

 

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