BB&T Atlanta Open 2013
Socks Win 'BroDown Showdown' In Atlanta
by ATP Staff|
Monday night showcased the ‘BroDown Showdown’ at the BB&T Atlanta Open. The exhibition featured four pairs of brothers – James Blake & Thomas Blake, Ryan Harrison & Christian Harrison, Jack Sock & Eric Sock and Georgia Tech University ‘brothers’ Kevin King and Juan-Carlos Spir – in a series of match tie-breaks.
The Sock brothers triumphed, beating the Blakes 10-8 in the final. “We had a lot fun,” said Jack. “We had not played together in a long time, so it was fun to get out there and play with him and the other guys and be able to take the win.”
“It was a great time. Hopefully the fans had a good time and enjoyed it, that is what is was all about,” said James Blake, who won an ATP Challenger Tour doubles title with older brother Thomas in 1999. “It has been a while since we have done it, so it was fun to get out there,” said Thomas. “I’m a little out of practice so I let him down, but maybe next time.”
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Ryan Harrison took to the court following his first-round win over Marinko Matosevic. “It was a lot of fun, it’s cool to get out here and play at an event like this,” he said. “We are just excited to be part of it and be here in Atlanta. It’s always fun to be in the south, it’s where we grew up so we are glad to help out and do something like this.”
Nineteen-year-old Christian Harrison is also in the Atlanta main draw as a wild card, due to face Alejandro Falla in the first round as he looks for his first ATP World Tour-level win. “It’s great to see him progressing and starting to make some tries on the tour,” said Ryan. “I’m looking forward to playing together throughout our careers.”