Who says “love” means nothing in tennis.

Well, it does if it’s your score, but that’s not what I mean.

The BB&T Atlanta Open knows how to “show some love” to local players in the qualifiers. From veterans Robbie Ginepri and Donald Young, to current and former college players Kevin King, Juan Spir and Nathan Rakitt from Georgia Tech and Nathan Pasha from UGA, even up and comer Christopher Eubanks, a senior at West Lake HS, all showed their guns this weekend.  Juan Spir and Kevin King will even play in the “Bro Down Sho Down” doubles exhibition match as a replacement for the withdrawn Bryan Brothers. They will battle against Jack and Eric Sock, James and Thomas Blake, and Ryan and Christian Harrison.

The pair was also given a Wild Card into the doubles main draw.

Although Eubanks, Rakitt, Pasha and Spir went down in the first round, they definitely showed why we need to continue to follow their careers.

As the ATP tour continues to become more and more competitive, preventing youngsters from breaking into the top 100, the promise found in these players has plenty of time to  continue to develop.

Get to know their names and their games.

Tina Taylor-Brown


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