Quarterfinal Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open
Georgia Tech rising senior Chris Eubanks looked cool, calm, and collected in the photo above, taken during his Player Chat with Wayne Bryan on Wednesday afternoon. I’m guessing he was feeling a little less cool during last night’s Round of 16 match versus fellow NextGen’er Jared Donaldson!
Click here for my recent podcast interview with Chris
The 21-year-old Atlanta native stayed calm enough to fight through a one-hour and 46-minute battle with his 20-year-old opponent, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to move into today’s Quarterfinal round where he will face his 3rd American opponent this week, Ryan Harrison, the oldest of the bunch at the ripe ol’ age of 25. So far, Eubanks has defeated two of his young compatriots and hopes to make it three later today. “I really don’t know if I could do this in any place but Atlanta,” Eubanks exclaimed after last night’s victory. With his Georgia Tech coach, Kenny Thorne, in the stands, Chris represented his college and his hometown with grit and grace. We can certainly expect to see more of the same this afternoon.
Chris Eubanks isn’t the only young player in today’s Quarterfinal round. Twenty-year-old Tommy Paul, who won the French Open Juniors in 2015 then turned pro shortly afterward, will face ATP veteran and Wimbledon Quarterfinalist, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, to kick off the day at Atlantic Station.
Tommy spent some time chatting with Wayne Bryan yesterday (click on the Full Screen option below to enable sound):
In addition to all the tennis happening on the grounds, there are also some fun activities OFF the courts. In Atlantic Station’s Central Park, USTA Atlanta and Wilson Tennis have set up the Family Zone where they are holding clinics and opportunities to try the game for young players as part of the NetGeneration initiative. In addition to the official tournament store, several sponsors and vendors have booths inside the tournament venue with samples and prizes for visitors. There is also an Interactive Zone where fans can shoot hoops or track their serve speed. And, of course, there’s the Music Stage where Wayne Bryan is conducting daily Q&As with the pros and where fans can meet them and get autographs. There’s something for everyone at this year’s event.
RESULTS – JULY 27, 2017
Men’s Singles – Second Round J. Sock (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 6-4 6-3
 R. Harrison (USA) d [PR] J. Millman (AUS) 6-7(2) 7-6(4) 7-5
 K. Edmund (GBR) d P. Gojowczyk (GER) 2-6 6-4 7-5
[WC] C. Eubanks (USA) d  J. Donaldson (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2
Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals[PR] J. Millman (AUS) / Sa. Ratiwatana (THA) d A. Qureshi (PAK) / So. Ratiwatana (THA) 6-2 6-4
W. Koolhof (NED) / A. Sitak (NZL) d A. Molteni (ARG) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 6-7(7) 7-6(4) 10-7
ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017
STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon[Q] T. Paul (USA) vs  G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 2:00 pm
L. Lacko (SVK) vs  J. Isner (USA)
 R. Harrison (USA) vs [WC] C. Eubanks (USA)
Not Before 8:00 pm J. Sock (USA) vs  K. Edmund (GBR)
 B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs H. Chung (KOR) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND)
AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
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Tickets available at www.bbtatlantaopen.com