Being a native of the south, the recent rumors that the current ATP tournament in Indianapolis could be moving to Atlanta next year caught my attention. Indianapolis has suffered recently due to lack of a major sponsor and declining audience.
It’s too soon to tell if Atlanta is a done deal but it would certainly make sense for the south’s largest city to have a professional tennis event again. If the tourney remains designated as an ATP 250, the problem remains if it will be able to attract big names since many prefer to play ATP 500 events or higher in preparation for the U.S. Open. Atlanta’s notorious hot summers could also be a factor but the guys play in Washington D.C. under sticky conditions so it shouldn’t matter.