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ESPN TO TELEVISE 50 HOURS FROM WTA STANFORD TENNIS • JOHN ISNER WINS FOURTH BB&T ATLANTA OPEN TITLE

EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

JOHN ISNER WINS FOURTH BB&T ATLANTA OPEN TITLE

 

Isner Defeats Ryan Harrison in All-American Final as US Open Series Kicks Off in Atlanta

Series Continues This Week with Women’s Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.

 

John Isner continued his perfect summer stateside on Sunday by winning his fourth BB&T Atlanta Open title, defeating compatriot Ryan Harrison, 7-6(6), 7-6(7), in the third All-American Atlanta final in the last eight years.

 

Isner blasted 23 aces against Harrison to win his eighth straight match and second ATP title in as many weeks, following his victory in Newport. Isner, who on Monday will again be the top-ranked American man, at No. 18, has won half of his 12 ATP titles at US Open Series events — four in Atlanta and two in Winston-Salem.

 

Isner’s victory capped a week in which five of the eight quarterfinalists in Atlanta were American, including Georgia Tech senior Christopher Eubanks and former French Open boys’ champion Tommy Paul, each of whom was appearing in his first ATP quarterfinal.

 

The US Open Series continues this week with the Bank of the West Classic, a WTA International event in Stanford, Calif., featuring 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and wild card Maria Sharapova, along with Americans Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe, CiCi Bellis, Alison Riske, Jennifer Brady, former Stanford players Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn, Wimbledon junior champion Claire Liu and Caroline Dolehide.

 

ESPN’s 50-plus hours of weeklong coverage from Stanford begins Monday, with early-round matches, through Friday’s quarterfinals, streaming live on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. ESPN2 will air Saturday’s semifinals, at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s final, at 5 p.m. ET. See the full summer TV schedule here.

 

Fans can join the conversation by using hashtag #USOpenSeries and by following @usopen. Fans can share their experiences at US Open Series tournaments using hashtag #MyUSOpenSeries.

 

About the US Open Series

Now in its 14th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.

 

About the WTA

The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing nearly 100 nations competing for a record $139 million in prize money. The 2017 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 32 countries.

 

About the ATP World Tour

The ATP World Tour, with 63 tournaments in 31 countries, showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2017 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events).