WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. The first players to commit to the 2019 Winston-Salem Open are ATP veterans and local favorites Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson.
Johnson was the Winston-Salem Open runner-up last year, losing in the final to Daniil Medvedev. He has played in every Winston-Salem Open since 2013, after he turned pro in 2012. A two-time NCAA individual champion at Southern California, he says he loves playing in the college atmosphere in Winston-Salem and certainly the setting brings out the best in him. The 29-year-old Johnson owns four ATP World Tour titles, winning in Houston and Newport last year. He has won on the clay at Houston twice in his career.
After being out due to injury, Querrey returned to the tour this week and has advanced to the Semifinals in Eastbourne. Querrey’s best ranking came in February of 2018 when he reached No. 11. He owns 10 career ATP World Tour titles, including three in Los Angeles. He won four times in 2010, and his last win came in 2017 in Los Cabos. The 6-6 Californian made it to the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2017 and is a time-time Winston-Salem Open semi-finalist.a
“Having Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson sign on as the first players for our tournament is a strong indicator that 2019 will prove to be another great Winston-Salem Open,” Oakes added. “Both of them have been here before and are always crowd favorites, especially among the Americans who have competed in our tournament.”