The Winston-Salem Open has awarded its fourth and final wildcard entry to David Nalbandian, tournament director Bill Oakes announced on Friday.
Nalbandian, currently ranked No. 39 in the latest ATP rankings, replaces Gael Monfils, who initially took a wildcard but was forced to pull out on Thursday because of lingering knee problems. Nalbandian gives the tournament 24 players who are currently in the Top 50.
The Winston-Salem Open begins with qualifying on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, with the 48-player Main Draw to start on Sunday.
"We are very pleased to have David join what was already an outstanding field," Oakes said. "David has been a Top Ten player for two extended periods in his career, and he has had some outstanding tournaments this year. He’s always a fun player to watch."
The 30-year-old Argentine and 2002 Wimbledon runner-up reached as high as World No. 3 in 2006. He’s an all-court player who is considered to have one of the best returns of serve on the ATP World Tour.
He owns 11 career ATP World Tour singles titles, including two Masters series events, and has reached the finals of 12 other tournaments. His first wins came in 2002 at Basel and Estoril, and his most recent title came in 2010 in Washington.
He has reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam tournaments at various points in his career.
Nalbandian reached the finals at London Queens Club earlier this year before losing to Marin Cilic in the finals. He has also reached the semifinals in Buenos Aires and Belgrade. His most-impressive performance, though, may have been in reaching the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, as he beat Cilic, Janko Tipsarevic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in succession before losing to Rafael Nadal.
Nalbandian joins James Blake, Ryan Harrison and No. 7 Tomas Berdych as the tournament’s wildcard entries.