Suwanee resident Trent Bryde entered his name into the BB&T Atlanta Open qualifying tournament field Wednesday after winning the BB&T Atlanta Wildcard Challenge at Atlantic Station.
Bryde, 15, defeated Alpharetta native and current Georgia Tech sophomore Michael Kay in the semifinal match, which sent him to the finals against three-time National Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-American Kyle Montrel (Xavier University of Louisiana). Bryde defeated Montrel in a straight-set win, 6-3, 6-4, to take the challenge title.
“I just want to think everyone at the BB&T Atlanta Open for this opportunity. It was a hard fought match and I am very thankful to make it through and be able to play on Saturday,” Bryde said.
Bryde will begin play Saturday in the 32-member field of hopefuls looking to advance into the main draw of players that will compete in the BB&T Atlanta Open, which will last Monday through Saturday at the Atlantic Station tennis center in midtown.
The tournament is the first of a seven-event long open tournament slate run by the Association of Tennis Professionals called the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.
Overall, Bryde had to win seven matches through the BB&T Wildcard Challenge to earn a spot in the qualifying field. Bryde, who is in online school, trains with Will Wright at Lifetime Tennis Academy.
Bryde also recently qualified to be a part of the Team U.S.A. National Junior Team, an exclusive roster of some of the top youth tennis players in the country. Bryde will be one of eight individuals on the team and will travel to prestigious tournaments, the U.S. Open Juniors, and will train with the United States Tennis Association in Boca Raton, Fla.