The ninth edition of the BB&T Atlanta Open will be staged at the Atlantic Station between July 23-29 and the organizers have managed to gather a very strong field of players who would play for the title and prepare themselves for the upcoming Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati. Besides the leading American players like the defending champion John Isner, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz, the organizers have signed another big name on Tuesday, with 2016 winner Nick Kyrgios sets to return to play in Atlanta for the second time. The Australian is the only non-American player who has won the title here, joining Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick and John Isner on the winners list (Isner has won four of the last five events here) and he will try to do the same in the last week of July.
Due to an elbow injury, Nick has played only four ATP tournaments in 2018 so far, winning the title in Brisbane and losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of the Australian Open. His last match came two months ago when he lost to Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-final of Houston and he is finally ready to play in singles again, entering the ATP 250 event in Stuttgart as the fourth seed. Kyrgios intended to play in Atlanta in 2017 as well but he was forced to withdraw due to a hip injury, hoping to get back on the winning way in a month and a half and continue where he left in 2016 when he prevailed against Isner in two tie breaks.