July 20, 2014
ATLANTA --- A scheduling conflict has forced Georgia men’s tennis rising junior Austin Smith to withdraw from this week’s BB&T Atlanta Open, with teammate Nathan Pasha to take Smith’s place as a wildcard entry in the singles main draw.
Smith instead will play in the USTA Futures tournament in Godfrey, Ill., as the Bulldogs continue to compete this summer in preparation for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The event in Atlanta began July 19 with qualifying action, and is set to run through July 27 at Atlantic Station. It is the first men’s event on the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Pasha is playing in the main draw for the first time after competing in the qualifying each of the last two summers.
“Austin made a little mistake and forgot to withdraw from his tournament in Illinois once he received a wildcard from BB&T, and it’s something the ATP has to be strict about,” said UGA head coach Manuel Diaz. “Luckily for us, Nathan is being awarded the wildcard and will play in Austin’s place on Tuesday night as part of College Night. We are looking forward to seeing him play.”
Pasha will join Georgia legend Herschel Walker for College Night on July 22, with the guest of honor Walker slated to flip the coin for the evening’s matches. Pasha will then play his first round match vs. Slovakia’s world No. 84 Lukas Lacko that night.
Pasha earned the first career All-America honors of his career in 2014 after a trip to the NCAA singles round of 16 and helping the Bulldogs to the Southeastern Conference regular season title.
Former Bulldog John Isner will also compete at the BB&T Open as the top seed, coming off a title at the event in 2013 with two additional finals appearances there in his career.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet Walker at College Night. For ticket information, and for a schedule and draws when available, visit bbtatlantaopen.com.