The Atlanta Open is about to kick-off and the Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez is excited about the event coming up. Exclusively speaking to Tennis World USA, Gonzalez said: "Very happy with this year's field. We have a nice group of younger players like Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz and Alex De Minaur along with older players like Bryan Brothers, John Isner.
We have also awarded a wild card to Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock." On how comparisons with Roger Federer have influenced Dimitrov's career, Gonzalez added: "That's unfair because they are different. It's flattering to be compared to the greatest player of all time but Grigor has a different personality.
He is excited to compete in Atlanta, he is fully committed." In 2020, Atlanta event will take place in the same week as the Tokyo Olympic Games, but Gonzalez is confident it will not influence the event' success: "We have started conversations with some players.
We have had this situation in the past and in 2016 (when the Rio Olympics took place) we had a great week of tennis. 2020 will be no different." On why Nick Kyrgios will not play this year in Atlanta, Gonzalez concluded: "He won the tournament in 2016, he did a wonderful job.
He came back last year and after one match he picked an injury. He likes coming to Atlanta because we have basketball, restaurants and there are many Australian players."