Except at the end of the day, Fritz had the level of experience with professional tennis that Smith hasn't had yet.
60 player in the world Taylor Fritz, were ushered onto the court after a two and a half hour rain delay.
The size of the crowd was an oddity for a first-round match at the BB&T Atlanta Open, but anything is possible when it's "College Night" and its star happens to play the No. Smith had only been offered the wild card for his first appearance in an ATP main draw back in May this year, and has generated a lot of buzz since then.
The hectic Atlantic Station-based courts roared with applause, a sea of red and black quivering in the stadium.
Former University of Georgia men's tennis player Austin Smith, along with the No.
With every strong serve, the crowd cheered with an intensity for their home town favorite. Smith showed a newfound aggression on the court that wasn't as present in the first set.
Smith especially took advantage of his inside-out forehand, grabbing a few winners from those choice shots against Fritz.The crowd roared from the six winners Smith had put away, even causing Fritz to place his fingers to his lips when attempting to shush the eager Georgia fans.It was just earlier in the evening on the stormy Tuesday that the "Hairy Dawg" Georgia mascot, legendary former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, and a troupe of Georgia cheerleaders had taken to the streets to cheer for Smith in the "College Night" parade.Which when it came down to it, it was the support Smith had versus Fritz's vast experience on the professional level that made this match interesting.
Smith had lost 6-2, 6-2 to the 18-year old prodigy, but the two sets the men played were distinctively different.For Smith, the first set was all about what he was going to do with his home court leverage.