Jack Sock drops out at the last minute, but John Isner and Ryan Harrison are seeded Americans for the event that kicks off the US Open Series.
Nick Kyrgios, rising stars Hyeon Chung and Alex Minaur, and American Frances Tiafoe also add some spice to the field.
BB&T ATLANTA OPEN
ATLANTA, Georgia, USA; surface: hard
Seeds: John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Hyeon Chung, Matthew Ebden, Frances Tiafoe, Jeremy Chardy, Mischa Zverev, Ryan Harrison
Floaters: Alex Minaur, Tim Smyczek, Ivo Karlovic, Ramkumar Ramanathan
Isner defends his title, and is one of the Top 4 seeds receiving opening-round byes…
Interesting starts include (1) Isner vs. the rising Aussie Minaur, (7) M.Zverev vs. the hot-handed Smyczek, (4) Ebden vs. Karlovic, and the Newport finalist Ramanathan vs. Taylor Fritz, winner to meet (3) Chung…
Wildcards went to Chung and Americans Emil Reinberg of the University of Georgia and Donald Young…
Pulling from the tournament were Sock, Mirza Basic, Yuki Bhambri, Jared Donaldson, and Gilles Muller…
The four-time champion Isner last year beat Harrison in the all-American final; Isner has appeared in seven of the last eight Atlanta finals…
Former champions in the field are Isner (2017,’15-13) and Kyrgios (2016).
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