Team Stars takes DraftKings All-American Team Cup in a Final Tiebreaker
Play wrapped up on Sunday at the DraftKings All-American Team Cup, featuring the top-eight American men in the world rankings completed Day 3 of the singles team competition at Life Time Athletic and Tennis in Peachtree Corners.
The weekend’s action came down to a 7-point tiebreaker won by Team Stripes after teams ended the weekend play tied 12-12.
In the opening match, the first Georgia Tech surprise of the day took place as Kevin King squared off against Sam Querrey. Querrey got off to a fast start, winning the first set 6-3 with one break of serve. King fared better in the second as his serve return improved enough to take a tiebreaker. The momentum carried over into the match tiebreaker, which King took, 10-5.
The second match of the day was a Georgia vs. Georgia Tech encounter as John Isner took on Chris Eubanks. Each player won a set, the first going to Eubanks, 7-5, and the second going to Isner, 6-4. But it was the young Atlanta native that appeared to get stronger throughout the match and eventually took the third set tiebreak, 10-5. At this point, it made Team Stars and Team Stripes tied at 9 points a piece.
The third match of the day was even closer. Taylor Fritz jumped out to a 4-2 lead before Tennys Sandgren found his range. He stormed back to win the opener, 6-4, before Fritz regrouped and won the second set and the match tiebreaker to give Stars the lead 12-9 in the team competition.
Team Stripes and Steve Johnson took the fourth match on Sunday setting up a team competition tiebreaker to decide it all. Deciding tiebreaker was won by Tommy Paul and Team Stars 7-3.
July 4th at the DraftKings All American Team Cup
While not the kind you would see in the sky, there were lots of fireworks in Peachtree Corners on Saturday, July 4, as the DraftKings All-American Team Cup, featuring the top-eight American men in the world rankings, completed Day 2 of the singles team competition at Life Time Athletic and Tennis.
With Team Stars captain Frances Tiafoe out of the competition, former Georgia Tech standout Chris Eubanks was called into action. Eubanks wasted no time in making a statement. He broke Tennys Sandgren early and that break held up throughout the first set and earned it 6-3. Sandgren dialed up his serve in the second set, but it was Eubanks who appeared a little sharper and allowed him to take the second set tiebreaker.
The second match of the day session, Sam Querrey and Tommy Paul, was interrupted by a 30 minute rain delay two games into the match. Querrey earned a quick break and since he’s been serving well all week, he took the opener 6-3. Paul fought off numerous break points to edge Querrey in the second set setting up a match tiebreaker. Paul jumped out with quick leads, but credit Querrey and his experience for pulling out the match.
The evening session was kicked off once again with John Isner in action. This time against another replacement player in former Georgia Tech All-American, Kevin King. King was subbing in on Team Stars for Reilly Opelka, who is nursing an injury. From the first game, Isner was dominant on serve and service return to take an easy 6-1, 6-3 win.
Tournament Statement About Frances Tiafoe
“Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus. Like all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests. Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was retested and tested positive. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event. Upon learning this information, we immediately began deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, and enacted protocols in place for contact tracing and alerting individuals who may have been exposed. The health and safety of our event participants, staff and attendees are a top priority, and we will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials.
Christopher Eubanks will replace Tiafoe for the remainder of the event,” Eddie Gonzalez, Event Director for the DraftKings All-American Team Cup said.
COVID-19 safety protocols and attendance requirements for the event can be found HERE.