2011 Singles Direct Acceptance List Announced

July 14, 2011 11:45 AM
Jurgen Melzer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 14, 2011) – The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University announced today the player field for the inaugural tournament taking place August 21-27.   As of today’s announcement, 38 of the 48 slots have been filled in the men’s singles competition through the ATP’s tournament acceptance process.   Additionally, the tournament has granted its first "wild card" to previously announced rising young American Ryan Harrison.  The deadline for players to submit their interest in playing in the Winston-Salem Open was Monday, July 11.

 With 9 players ranked in the top 37, the Winston-Salem Open boasts the strongest field for any tournament at its level in North or South America, and even better than some tournaments that offer more prize money.  The Winston-Salem Open prize money totals $625,000.

 The 38 players accepted this week are all ranked in the top 81 in the world.  The tournament will add 9 additional players over the next 5 weeks through additional wild cards and several slots that will be seated from qualifying play prior to the tournament. The entire singles field will total 48 men.  There will be an additional field of 16 doubles teams to be named closer to the tournament.

 "I am thrilled with the roster of players coming to the Winston-Salem Open," said tournament director Bill Oakes.  "The response from so many top-ranked players is a testament to the reputation the Winston-Salem Open is gaining in tennis circles around the United States and world."

 The newly announced players join Mardy Fish, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison and Alexandr Dolgopolov, who committed earlier this spring and summer.  A complete list of the 38 players accepted to the tournament is attached (and listed below).

 Highlights of the player field include:

 James Blake has always been a fan favorite in Winston-Salem. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2001 when the United States beat India in a World Group Qualifier, then he returned to Joel Coliseum in 2007 and 2008 when the U.S. beat Spain and France, respectively. The Harvard alum and best-selling author reached No. 4 in the South African Airways ATP rankings in 2006, when he won five tournaments. He has 10 career singles titles and five doubles titles. He has battled injuries this summer and dropped to No. 89, but he thrives during the hardcourt season and no doubt will be gearing up for a run in the U.S. Open.

Jurgen Melzer has been in the Top 10 much of the year before slipping to his current No. 12 ranking. Also a doubles specialist, he’s the only player on tour that has been ranked in the Top 10 in singles and doubles at the same time this year. He has three career singles titles, including two in his hometown of Vienna, Austria, and he recently teamed with Iveta Benesova to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown.

Nikolay Davydenko has been as high as No. 3 during a career that has included 21 ATP World Tour singles titles. He has won five tournaments in a single season twice, in 2006 and 2009. He is currently ranked No. 29.

Bernard Tomic is poised to become tennis’ next young star. The 18-year-old Aussie reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, and in doing so became the youngest player to reach a Wimbledon quarterfinal since Boris Becker in 1986. Tomic also reached the third round at the Australian Open. He has climbed more than 120 spots this year alone and is currently ranked No. 72.

Tommy Robredo has battled injuries this year and has dropped to No. 33. But he has won 10 singles titles, including one earlier this year at Santiago. Robredo was a member of the Spanish Davis Cup team that lost to the U.S. at Joel Coliseum in 2007.

Marcos Baghdatis reached as high as No. 8 in 2006 and has won four singles titles. He’s currently ranked No. 25.

Sergiy Stakhovsky won last year’s Pilot Pen Championships and is technically the defending champion of this ATP World Tour 250 event. He is ranked No. 45.

Grigor Dimitrov is another rising star at age 20. The Bulgarian was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world junior rankings in 2008, winning the Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior titles. He won a Challenger event in Cherbourg, France earlier this year and has climbed to a career-best No. 59 ranking.

Somdev Devvarman sits at No. 65, but he is well-known to Wake Forest tennis fans. Devvarman won four ACC singles titles while at Virginia, making him the only player in ACC history to do so. Devvarman won NCAA singles titles in 2007 and 2008, beating Isner in the finals in 2007.

 
Winston-Salem Open Player Field
(as of July 14, 2011)
*rankings listed are as of July 11, 2011
 

Accepted Players

Anderson, Kevin RSA 35

Andreev, Igor RUS 78

Andujar, Pablo ESP 47

Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 25

Berlocq, Carlos ARG 65

Chardy, Jeremy FRA 58

Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 29

Devvarman, Somdev IND 62

Dimitrov, Grigor BUL 57

Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR 26

Fish, Mardy USA 9

Giraldo, Santiago COL 61

Golubev, Andrey KAZ 103

Gulbis, Ernests LAT 84

Haase, Robin NED 52

Haider-Maurer, Andreas AUT 70

Hanescu, Victor ROU 63

Isner, John USA 33

Istomin, Denis UZB 80

Kavcic, Blaz SLO 75

Kubot, Lukasz POL 59

Kukushkin, Mikhail KAZ 69

Kunitsyn, Igor RUS 60

Mannarino, Adrian FRA 50

Melzer, Jurgen AUT 18

Monaco, Juan ARG 39

Muller, Gilles LUX 71

Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 53

Querrey, Sam USA 48

Robredo, Tommy ESP 36

Rochus, Olivier BEL 74

Rosol, Lukas CZE 66

Sela, Dudi ISR 81

Seppi, Andreas ITA 44

Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 43

Sweeting, Ryan USA 65

Tomic, Bernard AUS 68

Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 46

Wild Card Admissions

Harrison, Ryan USA 94

Young, Donald USA 127

 

About the Winston-Salem Open

The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 21-27, 2011, with qualifying set for August 19 and August 20. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Olympus US Open Series.  The tournament will receive national television exposure via Tennis Channel and ESPN2, including the singles final broadcasted by CBS.  For more information, please visit www.winstonsalemopen.com.

 

About the Olympus US Open Series

The Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals on Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Andy Murray won the 2010 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and again equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Olympus US Open Series in second place.

                

About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 32 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points at Grand Slams (non ATP events), ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 events. At the end of the season, only the world’s top 8 ranked men’s singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2011 ATP World Tour No.1 in singles and doubles.  For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.

 

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