With the U.S. Open being the only Grand Slam remaining in the tennis season, some of the top players in the world will prepare for the hard-court tournament at the Atlanta Open.
The event features mostly American competitors and a few others looking to improve their record and their level of play in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the winner will hope to gain some momentum heading into one of the top tournaments in the sport.
Here is a look at everything you need to know for the ATP World Tour 250 event.
Where: Atlanta, Ga.
When: July 20-28
Watch: ESPN2, Tennis Channel
Tournament Schedule (via BBTAtlantaOpen.com)
|Date||Round||Start Time (ET)||TV Coverage (ET)|
|July 20||Qualifying||9 a.m.||N/A|
|July 21||Qualifying||11 a.m.||N/A|
|July 22||Qualifying/Round 1||1 p.m.||N/A|
|July 23||Round 1||4 p.m.||N/A|
|July 24||Round 2||4 p.m.||N/A|
|July 25||Round 2||4 p.m.||N/A|
|July 26||Quarterfinals||1 p.m.||
ESPN2 (4-6 p.m; 7-9 p.m.)
Tennis Channel (9-11 p.m.)
|July 27||Semifinals||1 p.m.||
ESPN2 (4-6 p.m.)
Tennis Channel (8-10 p.m.)
|July 28||Final||3 p.m.||ESPN2 (3-5 p.m.)|
The big man known for his serve has struggled at times this year, putting together only a 19-16 record. However, John Isner has done well on U.S. soil.
In his last tournament in Newport, Isner reached the semifinals before losing to Lleyton Hewitt. He also won a title on clay earlier in the year in Houston.
If he can build off his performance in the last tournament, he should be able to do extremely well in this event.
The former No. 1 player in the world has worked hard stay relevant in the sport, but he has suffered some tough losses over the past couple of years.
Hewitt lost to Gilles Simon in five sets in the first round at Roland Garros and lost a tough match to Janko Tipsarevic to start the Australian Open. However, he showed his ability when he upset Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon.
The veteran has as much talent as anyone in the field, and his experience will take him a long way. The only question is if he can hold up physically throughout the tournament.
Although Mardy Fish has missed a lot of competition over the past year, he appears ready to return to the sport, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN).
Even if he is less than 100 percent physically, this is a good tournament for him to make his comeback. The American won the event in both 2010 and 2011, although he was forced to retire in the early rounds last year.
Still, he knows the courts well and should be able to start his redemption tour as he prepares for the U.S. Open.
Predicted Winner: John Isner
There might not be anyone in this field who can stop Isner's serve. The 6'10" player has won an impressive 77 percent of first-serve points and is doing a good job of getting it in play as well.
Without the threat of strong returners in the field, Isner should be able to dominate in all of his service games. All he needs to do is earn a few breaks per match and he will be able to win the championship.
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