WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 8, 2018) –20-year-old Russian and ATP Next Gen star, Andrey Rublev, will return to Winston-Salem this week after receiving a wildcard into the main draw.
Rublev is currently ranked no. 37 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings and no. six in the ATP Next Gen year end “Race To Milan.” ATP Next Gen stars are all players younger than 21 years of age who are inside the Top 200.
“Andrey is a really exciting player to watch, and he has already made amazing strides in his return after his back injury,” says Tournament Director Bill Oakes. “We are excited to welcome him back to North Carolina as he continues to grow in his career.”
Rublev fell in the second round of the Winston-Salem in 2017 in a three-set match to Hyeon Chung (7-5, 1-6, 1-6). The Russian missed three months of the 2018 season, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon, due to a stress fracture in his lower back.
Other top-ranked ATP singles players in the tournament’s field include, David Goffin (11), Pablo Carreno Busta (13), Kyle Edmund (16), Marco Cecchinato (21), Hyeon Chung (23), and Damir Dzumhur (24).
American favorites Sam Querrey (32), Steve Johnson (33) Ryan Harrison (57) will also return to the tournament.
The Winston-Salem Open is the final tournament in the summer-long US Open Series. This ATP event began in 2011, and in 2017 the tournament reached a global audience of more than 3.5 million in more than 100 countries. It won ATP Tournament of the Year in 2016, as voted on by the players. The Wake Forest Tennis Complex will host the tournament August 18-25. Tickets are now on sale.