Atlanta Open (7/14 - 7/22)

flymeng

Semi-Pro
The Atlanta Open starts this weekend with the qualifying rounds. Are there anyone from TW forum who live in Atlanta and planning to go to the event? I will go to at least 1 day session, (7/18 or 7/19). I can go after 5PM. They moved the venue to Atlantic Station in Midtown.

http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com/
 

Dave_D

Rookie
I hate that they moved the event to Atlantic Station. I covered the event at RCS last year as a photographer and loved the location as it was right next to my office. I'm going to try to go down to see some qualifying matches this weekend if I can, maybe on Saturday as we have our USTA match on Sunday afternoon. I'll be looking forward to actually watching some tennis this time.

Here's the link to the pictures I took of last years tournament.

http://www.douglasdigitalimagery.com/Sports/ATP-Tennis
 
The location is much better. It's in the city of Atlanta. It will get a lot more exposure. I'm not a big fan of Atlantic Station but it's central.

I have tickets to one qualifying session on Sun and Rd 2 of singles on Thu.

I'd like to see more if I can.

I actually think they have a really good lineup, especially now that Baker entered.
 

Dave_D

Rookie
The location is much better. It's in the city of Atlanta. It will get a lot more exposure. I'm not a big fan of Atlantic Station but it's central.

I have tickets to one qualifying session on Sun and Rd 2 of singles on Thu.

I'd like to see more if I can.

I actually think they have a really good lineup, especially now that Baker entered.
While it's nice it's in the city of Atlanta, it's in the already busy area of Atlantic Station which I feel is going to make it a pain to get to, not to mention all of the traffic that's already down there. Having it in the 'burbs helped in regards of dealing with the traffic, etc. Of course they should buy the dang Stone Mountain tennis stadium and have it there in reality...
 

Rob_C

Hall of Fame
While it's nice it's in the city of Atlanta, it's in the already busy area of Atlantic Station which I feel is going to make it a pain to get to, not to mention all of the traffic that's already down there. Having it in the 'burbs helped in regards of dealing with the traffic, etc. Of course they should buy the dang Stone Mountain tennis stadium and have it there in reality...
I like that its in the middle of the city. I've never been to the ATL tourney before. I don't live there and when it was held on the outskirts of the city it made it too difficult to try to go. Now that its easily accessible by MARTA, I'm most likely going for the qualies, and hopefully one of the MD days.

For those of you that live in ATL, I would park at a MARTA station and take the train to the tournament. That should take care of the traffic issues. I read on the website that there'll be more shuttles added to and from Atlantic Station to the MARTA during the tourney.
 

t135

Professional
There is a huge parking deck at Atlantic station and easy access from 75 and 75/85.
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
While it's nice it's in the city of Atlanta, it's in the already busy area of Atlantic Station which I feel is going to make it a pain to get to, not to mention all of the traffic that's already down there. Having it in the 'burbs helped in regards of dealing with the traffic, etc. Of course they should buy the dang Stone Mountain tennis stadium and have it there in reality...
I wish they would revive Stone Mountain tennis center. I heard that it would cost about $4 million. They can use it to hold concerts and collegiate tournaments. But it may not be enough to keep it afloat. That's why it was abandoned.
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
Does anyone from TW wants to meet up? I am may go to the Sunday's qualies. I can't believe they are charging $15. I will go on 7/18 or 7/19, it will be after 5PM. I may end up taking Marta.
 
I like that its in the middle of the city. I've never been to the ATL tourney before. I don't live there and when it was held on the outskirts of the city it made it too difficult to try to go. Now that its easily accessible by MARTA, I'm most likely going for the qualies, and hopefully one of the MD days.

For those of you that live in ATL, I would park at a MARTA station and take the train to the tournament. That should take care of the traffic issues. I read on the website that there'll be more shuttles added to and from Atlantic Station to the MARTA during the tourney.
Ughhhhh, I'd rather go barefoot and walk through rusty needles than take MARTA. I'll just get there very early and take the parking deck. MARTA's an incredibly inefficient system, and they have so many problems.
 
I actually think they have a really good lineup, especially now that Baker entered.
Speaking of which, anybody here think that Baker has a legit chance of winning the tournament?

His biggest roadblocks are probably Isner and Nishikori, but I think if his return game is on, he can beat any of the players entered.
 

Rob_C

Hall of Fame
Ughhhhh, I'd rather go barefoot and walk through rusty needles than take MARTA. I'll just get there very early and take the parking deck. MARTA's an incredibly inefficient system, and they have so many problems.
Really??? From a tourist's perspective, it's really convenient to me. I can hop on right at the airport, go where I need to go. Then, when I'm done, hop back on and go straight to the airport and go home.

Plus, there's a place in Midtown my friends and i like to go which is around the corner from the MARTA station.

Diff strokes I guess.
 

bjk

Hall of Fame
Speaking of which, anybody here think that Baker has a legit chance of winning the tournament?

His biggest roadblocks are probably Isner and Nishikori, but I think if his return game is on, he can beat any of the players entered.
Why not? Isner is playing bad, and Nishikori will wilt in the heat like a cherry blossom. Of course he also has to get through the legendary Donald Young . . .
 
-I've never had an issue with MARTA (subway) in my 9 years in ATL.

-Atlantic Station has parking out the yahoo. And the times are not rush hour. It's a breeze to get to.

-Ticket sales are reportedly at least 150% of last year's. There were quite a few people watching day 1 qualifying matches. It's gotta be much more successful than when they did it in the burbs.

-Saw a couple qualifying matches today. Going tomorrow as well.

-Would love to see Baker win the tournament.

-Heard this is at AS at least for 5 years. Anyone know?
 

The Wreck

Semi-Pro
People who don't like MARTA just don't like the perceived danger they feel when riding MARTA. It's not as good as mass transit in other major cities, but it's not bad.

Since I was 30 minutes from the tourney before, I wish it was still there. But I never made it out to watch then, so moving 20 minutes further away won't really change much. Maybe I can come across some tickets though.
 
People who don't like MARTA just don't like the perceived danger they feel when riding MARTA. It's not as good as mass transit in other major cities, but it's not bad.

Since I was 30 minutes from the tourney before, I wish it was still there. But I never made it out to watch then, so moving 20 minutes further away won't really change much. Maybe I can come across some tickets though.
No...I hate MARTA because it's an inefficient, time consuming, crowded sack of garbage. Plus it seems like NOTHING works.
 

Dave_D

Rookie
Well my wife and my 16 month old son went to the end of the Qualies on Saturday and did not have a good experience. We went last year at RCS and it was a breeze to get in and walk around with the stroller to see the different matches. However, since they built the damn courts down in a Hole at AS and right next to the Interstate, it was pretty loud there during the matches and the wheelchair/stroller access was pretty much non-existant. I'm glad we got there late enough that we didn't have to pay to get in, but still got to see some tennis. Not only that, but the practice courts are all the way on the other side of AS across 17th street. That means you can't just step away for a minute and go see the practice, you have to go back through security to get back into watch a match if you go to the practice courts. Not to mention there is tons of other stuff going on at AS this week too that is drawing crowds (there was a concert going on Saturday night) so parking was crappier than normal and it was tough to get around as they had fencing setup everywhere so you couldn't just walk through AS normally.

I thought AS was a horrible location for the event and now I know for a fact it is. If you live in AS or even downtown then it shouldn't be too bad, but if you live anywhere outside of 285 (which there are a LOT of us) the traffic and everything else makes this another crappy downtown venue to get to (along with NFL, MLB, NBA, etc). I won't be going back unfortunately as it will just take too much time to go to the event and a pain just to get to the stadium court once you're there.

I too vote they revamp the Stone Mountain Tennis center as then at least you have all the courts together and a REAL stadium to play the matches in.
 

hcb0804

Hall of Fame
I used to go every year, dating back to the old AT&T Challenge. I have even been a volunteer a couple of years. No more with it being at Atlantic Station. What a STUPID move. Racquet Club of The South was terrible too. The best place was Atlanta Athletic Club. I will NEVER go to Atlantic Station for this, and a lot of my tennis friends have said the same. I would much rather drive to Cincinnati, or Miami to go to a quality event than go to the Atlanta mess.
 

Doublebounce

Professional
I hate that they moved the event to Atlantic Station. I covered the event at RCS last year as a photographer and loved the location as it was right next to my office. I'm going to try to go down to see some qualifying matches this weekend if I can, maybe on Saturday as we have our USTA match on Sunday afternoon. I'll be looking forward to actually watching some tennis this time.

Here's the link to the pictures I took of last years tournament.

http://www.douglasdigitalimagery.com/Sports/ATP-Tennis
awesome pics :)
 

t135

Professional
Interesting. The only downside is the location of the practice courts. Otherwise it's a cool venue. I've been going since the AT&T as well. Not sure what the big deal is. Suburbanites afraid to go to the big city to see big time tennis?

I did love the AAC venue though. Even after it went to hard courts.
 

Dave_D

Rookie
awesome pics :)
Thanks


Interesting. The only downside is the location of the practice courts. Otherwise it's a cool venue. I've been going since the AT&T as well. Not sure what the big deal is. Suburbanites afraid to go to the big city to see big time tennis?

I did love the AAC venue though. Even after it went to hard courts.
Not afraid to go into the city, just hate having to fight the traffic to go there and then having to deal with all of the other events going on at the same location. It just makes it a huge cluster when it doesn't have to be that. That said, I'm really thinking of going either tonight or tomorrow so I can see some of the top players play. It's tough with a 16 month old though, might have to get grandma to babysit.

The practice court location is crappy though.
 
improvements for next year

I went to qualifying and Tuesday’s second round matches.
I work downtown and I live just inside the perimeter.

In my humble opinion the move to Atlantic station was overall a good thing, however I only have player interviews and press opinion to support that claim. And the fact that they went two years without a title sponsor and two months after they announced the new location they got a title sponsor.
There are several things they could improve on to make tennis more enjoyable at the venue and a few things they might want to address to improve ticket sales.

1. Change court positions, they already had to redo the court positions due to Atlantic station balking on closing a street. They need to redo the court positions again with the new goal of having people move around the courts better.

2. Usher people in the parking deck better. During the tournament there wasn’t really any direction to court 3 and the practice courts.

3. Since the tennis takes place below street level they may need to build actual structures to get people to the courts as opposed to using what’s already there. For example build ramps and elevators within 100 yards of the courts.

4. More sessions and a larger stadium court.

One thing they shouldn’t do try to attract suburbanites; there is no one thing that will get someone from outside the perimeter to come downtown/midtown to watch tennis. Just make the event good and attractive and people will inconvenience themselves to be a part of it.
 
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