Four Top-100 Ranked Players Commit to 2012 Winston-Salem Open

Rankings Updated: June 11, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 14, 2012) – Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kevin Anderson,  Donald Young and James Blake have signed to compete in the second annual Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University.  The tournament will be held August 18-25, 2012, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.

Tickets to the Winston-Salem Open go on sale to the public May 15 and will be available online at, by calling (336) 758-6409 or in person at the Wake Forest ticket office located at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.  The box office at Wake Forest’s BB&T Field will open for local fans at 9 a.m. tomorrow, an hour before tickets go on sale for purchase online or by phone.

As a bonus, the first 50 ticket purchasers receive a FREE Chick-fil-A biscuit and a chance to win a grand prize of FREE Chick-fil-A for a year.   The grand prize includes one Chick-fil-A meal consisting of a chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries® and drink, per week for a year (equating to 52 meals).

"The four players we’re announcing today join John Isner and Andy Roddick to form an incredible early field of contenders who will be competing in this year’s tournament," Winston-Salem Open director Bill Oakes said. "We’re particularly excited to see Kevin Anderson in the tournament, knowing that he wanted to play last year but had to drop out due to a last-minute illness.  Our ticket office opens early on Tuesday morning for local fans to take advantage of the best seat selection and receive free biscuits from Chick-fil-A."

Dolgopolov, currently ranked No. 20, reached a career-high of 13 in January after being runner-up to Andy Murray at Brisbane.  He had one career win at Umag last year and also teamed with Xavier Malisse to win the 2011 doubles title at Indian Wells.  Known for his rapid-fire serve and unorthodox style, Dolgopolov, a 23-year-old from the Ukraine, reached the quarterfinals at the Winston-Salem Open last year.  He defeated Carlos Berlocq in the second round and Grigor Dimitrov in the third round before losing to Robin Haase in the quarterfinals. A week later, Dolgopolov went to the quarterfinals at the US Open before losing to Djokovic.
Currently ranked No. 30, Anderson reached a career-high of No. 28 in March after winning his second ATP World Tour title in late February at Delray Beach. He defeated Andy Roddick and John Isner on back-to-back days in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Anderson also won at Johannesburg in 2011. He played for three years at University of Illinois, and, like Isner, is one of the growing number of players who chose to stay in college for a longer period.  A 6’ 8" South African with big serve, Anderson was scheduled to play at the Winston-Salem Open last year but had to withdraw because of a stomach virus.

Young is currently ranked No. 48 after enjoying a career-high of No. 38 in February. He was once considered America’s biggest star of the future after winning the 2005 Australian Open junior title at age 15 and was the youngest player ever to be the No. 1-ranked junior player, also at age 15. With no titles to date, Young’s best finish was reaching the finals at Bangkok last fall before losing to Andy Murray. At the Winston-Salem Open, he beat Michael Berrer in the first round and lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the second round before losing to Robin Haase in the third round. Young was a Winston-Salem Open wildcard entry last year.

Blake, a longtime Winston-Salem favorite, played in all three Davis Cup tournaments at Joel Coliseum.  His 5-set win over Paul-Henri Mathieu against France in 2008 is probably the most-exciting Davis Cup singles match ever in Winston-Salem.  Currently ranked No. 92, Blake recently has been fighting injuries, including knee problems.  He was as high as No. 4 in the world in 2006, has 10 ATP World Tour singles titles, including five in 2006, and won at New Haven in 2007 (forerunner to the Winston-Salem Open).  Blake has not played much this year but teamed with Sam Querrey to win the doubles at Houston.  Last year at the Winston-Salem Open, he beat Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round but lost to Robin Haase in the second.