LONDON – Steve Johnson, a three-time Winston-Salem Open participant and 2015 semifinalist, announced Tuesday, June 28, via Twitter that he will return to Winston-Salem in 2016 looking to improve on his finish in the final four last year.
“Stevie is someone who has had success here in Winston-Salem and we hope to see it continue again this year after his run to the semifinals last year,” said Tournament Director Bill Oakes. “He is riding high right now after earning his first ATP title at Nottingham over the weekend and is currently ranked No. 29 in the world. We’re thrilled he will be joining us for the fourth-straight year this August.”
Johnson, who is currently ranked a career-best No. 29 in the world, earned his first-career ATP championship over the weekend when he beat Pablo Cuevas at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, Great Britain. The American topped second-seeded Cuevas 7-6 (5), 7-5 on the way to the win.
At the 2015 Winston-Salem Open, Johnson reached the semifinals but dropped a tough 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 match to upstart qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Along the way, Johnson defeated Sam Groth and third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – each in three sets – before reaching the semifinals via walkover after Yen-Hsun Lu was forced out with an injury.
At the third Grand Slam event of the year at Wimbledon this week, Johnson has already dispatched Malek Jaziri in three sets in the first round. In the second round, he will battle Jeremy Chardy, who knocked off 17th-seeded Gael Monfils on Monday in five sets. A win against Chardy would put Johnson into the third round, would tie his best career finish at a Grand Slam event and mark his best-ever finish at the All England Club. In three previous trips to Wimbledon, Johnson was eliminated in the first round in 2013 and 2014 before reaching the second round in 2015.
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While a few more player announcements could be made throughout the next two weeks, the tournament’s full player field will be announced on Wednesday, July 13.