“College Night” at the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open is back!
University of Georgia’s Trent Bryde was offered the main draw singles wildcard on Tuesday and accepted.
Bryde is a junior on the tennis team, playing No.1 singles this season.
Nationally, he is Georgia’s highest-ranked player in both singles (No. 12) and doubles (No. 8/Tyler Zink). For 2021, he is 14-12 overall playing at the No.1 singles spot and13-5 in doubles action with an 8-3 record this spring to lead the Bulldogs.
Last year as a sophomore student-athlete, he received 2020 ITA All-America honors and was named to the 2020 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. The native of Suwanee, Ga. ended the season ranked 12th in the most final ITA singles rankings and his 9-1 dual singles record led Georgia.
“We welcome Trent back to the Truist Atlanta Open,” stated Tournament Director, Eddie Gonzalez. “He has competed in our event in the past and at Georgia he has proved himself on the court and in the classroom. He has competed against professionals before, but the ATP Tour is the biggest stage in men’s tennis and I look forward to seeing him play a night match in front of a lot of Bulldog fans.”
The Truist Atlanta Open runs from July 24 to August 1. The event痴 best singles and doubles draw in its history is expected. The 2021 event will strictly adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.atlantaopentennis.com/.
“I’ve been playing in the qualifying of this since I was 15 years old,” said Bryde upon accepting the wildcard. “Eddie Gonzalez is a tournament director that wants to give opportunities to young players. It’s so big for us to jump-start our career and I can’t wait to play the top guys in the world and it’s going to be a fun night.”
University of Georgia Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Manny Diaz, recognizes this is a big deal for Bryde and college tennis.
“We are so appreciative of Eddie Gonzalez and everyone at the Atlanta Open who continue to make college tennis a priority,” head coach Manuel Diaz said. “Each year, this event hosts the best players from all around the world. This will be an invaluable experience for Trent as he gets ready for another season of college tennis with aspirations of playing pro tennis one day. We are excited for him and could not be happier about this tremendous opportunity.”
Safety protocols that will be in place include socially distanced stadium seating that complies with local guidelines, expanded space within the venue, ample touchless hand sanitizer stations, contactless entry, screening and transactions, and robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout the venue. Fans will also notice an even more friendly layout to the grounds.