WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tournament officials have recruited Alexandr Dolgopolov and Juan Monaco to compete in next month’s Winston-Salem Open. The tournament will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.
Dolgopolov will be making his fourth appearance in Winston-Salem after skipping last year’s tournament. In three runs at the Winston-Salem Open, Dolgopolov has never fallen short of the quarterfinals, reaching the final eight in 2011 and 2012 as the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, respectively. In 2013, Dolgopolov broke through to make an appearance in the semifinals, but he was ousted by eventual runner-up Gael Monfils. Dolgopolov’s best career ranking came during the 2012 campaign, when he was No. 13 in the world. On the pro circuit since 2006, Dolgopolov has two championships to his name, winning in 2011 at Umag and in 2012 at Washington.
Monaco is set to make his third appearance at the Winston-Salem Open after competing in the inaugural 2011 tournament and the 2013 edition. At his first Winston-Salem Open, Monaco, the No. 7-seed, reached the quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded American Andy Roddick. In 2013 as the No. 8-seed, Monaco advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to 10th-seeded Dolgopolov. Currently ranked No. 35 in the world, Monaco is expected to jump into the ATP top 30 after reaching the Round of 64 at Wimbledon last week. At age 31, Monaco’s highest career ranking was No. 10, which was accomplished back in 2012. With eight titles to his name, his most successful year came in 2012 – like Dolgopolov – when he won four at Kuala Lumpur, Hamburg, Houston and Vina del Mar. His most recent championship came at Dusseldorf in 2013. Of his eight titles, seven have come on clay courts.
“Alexandr and Juan have each competed in our tournament several times. They love coming to Winston-Salem and are excited about returning again in a few weeks to compete this year,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “We’re negotiating with some other incredibly talented players and plan to make additional player announcements in the near future.”
Box seats and individual tickets to the Winston-Salem Open are available online at winstonsalemopen.com, by calling (336) 758-6409 or in person at the Wake Forest ticket office located at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field. Tickets to the tournament are on sale now, beginning at just $5 and ranging up to $49 for the championship on August 29.
The Winston-Salem Open is offering discounts for groups of 10 or more, and tickets to qualifying on August 22 begin at only $5. There will be no additional fees to the ticket price and parking will be free again this year.
About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of more than $695,000, will take place from August 22-29, 2015, with qualifying set for August 22. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and is the week prior to the US Open. For more information on the 2015 Winston-Salem Open, please go to WinstonSalemOpen.com.
About the Emirates Airline US Open Series
Now in its 12th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In 2014, Serena Williams won the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s title for the second consecutive year, earning a record tennis paycheck of $4 million. Rafael Nadal (2013), Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.
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 31 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 2014 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams 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 2015 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit ATPWorldTour.com.