This is something I’ve been waiting to share for months now. I wasn’t able to make it official because so many things had to happen in order to have this opportunity. But the wait is no longer, and I, Joey Hanf, managing editor and founder of tennisnerds.com, am extremely excited to announce that The Tennis Nerds has been approved to cover the BB&T Atlanta Open as credentialed media.
The opening tournament for the US Open Series, Atlanta is held from July 19-27th, and the 2014 field is the strongest it has had in years. Top Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey and company are joined by high flying Frenchman Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet. Other notable players include Lleyton Hewitt, Kevin Anderson, and Radek Stepanek. Full player list here.
I have the great opportunity to cover the tournament for 5 days, from the 21-25th. I’ve been to professional tournaments before, but never as credentialed media. This allows me access into press conferences and the media room, which will be of great help in my quest to create the most interesting and compelling content for you, the reader. I’ll do my best to secure as many interviews as I can, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to talk to many young Americans.
Also, although I cannot 100% guarantee it, I am also planning on covering the Citi Open in Washington DC, a 500 event held the following week. A couple things need to be confirmed before I can make that official.
What does this mean? Well, first off, I’ll be updating this site daily, if not multiple times per day. I want to get as much work done as possible while still enjoying the tennis and the city. Second, I’m going to do my best as an amateur photographer to secure a great photo gallery for the site.
A lot of thanks are in order for making this trip happen. First off, Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand has been a huge help in the entire process, and none of this would be possible without him. I will also be writing for The Grandstand during my travels, and I often contribute to the site, so I highly suggest you guys check it out. Next, my parents, who are not only helping me pay for college(entering my junior year), but also supporting me in this trip across the country. I’ll be driving with my dad from California to Atlanta, and then I’ll be on my own up the East Coast before I settle it at my house in Ithaca, New York. I go to Ithaca College, and obvious shout-out is in order for the Bombers, and our amazing journalism program.
Finally, I owe most of this to all of you who read and comment on my articles, and interact with me on twitter.(If you don’t follow me yet, you should) Without the awesome support from my readers none of this would be possible. It’s always been a goal of mine to cover a tournament as media, but it makes it even more special that I’ll be doing so for my own website.
So, with this exciting news, I pose a challenge for you guys. What are interested in reading? Who do you want to hear from? I will do my best to cover as much as I can, and would love if you guys could comment any suggestions for content.