Former UGA player John Isner gestures to the crowd after defeating Ryan Harrison in the finals of the Atlanta Open tennis tournament Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Atlanta.
Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore
Photo: AP Photo/John Bazemore

John Isner, Sloane Stephens among tennis pros to appear at BB&T Atlanta Open

Defending BB&T Atlanta Open singles champion John Isner and reigning U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens are two of the tennis professionals the BB&T Atlanta Open announced would compete at Atlantic Station from July 21-29.

Former University of Georgia All-American Isner, top-ranked American Jack Sock and defending doubles champions The Bryan Brothers — Bob and Mike Bryan— will all compete over the week while Stephens and 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys are two of the women who will compete in a special women's exhibition session on July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

"Obviously I love to play in Georgia and to compete at the BB&T Atlanta Open where I feel at home and have had so much success,” Isner said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get back on court at Atlantic Station in front of all those supportive tennis and Bulldog fans.”

More players are expected to be added 

"Anytime you step out on the court with Madison, it is a challenge, but in a good way,” Stephens said in a statement. “It's an honor to be a part of the tradition of having a women's match kickoff a men's event, in the BB&T Atlanta Open."

Tickets for the Open and special women’s exhibition can be purchased on the BB&T Atlanta Open’s official website beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The tournament, which has hosted over 310,000 fans in eight years, venue at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta will offer shaded and air conditioned viewing opportunities for fans. The tournament will also offer sponsor activities, player autograph sessions and food and drink throughout the week.

“Our 2018 BB&T Atlanta Open will be our biggest and best to date by providing a mix of marquee established players, along with the rising stars of tennis,” BB&T Atlanta Open Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez said in a statement. “GF Sports is really proud to present this diverse offering to our tennis fans and sports fans.”

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