World No. 20 and 2013 Winston-Salem Open finalist Gaël Monfils accepts wild card to play 2022 event

August 11, 2022 09:10 AM

(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. AUG. 11, 2022) – Fan favorite and current world no. 20 Gaël Monfils will return to the Piedmont Triad.

The entertaining, energetic Frenchman has accepted a wild card into the main draw at the 2022 Winston-Salem Open.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gaël back to Winston-Salem. Fans will enjoy the chance to see him play on our courts. He is sure to electrify the atmosphere and our crowds,” says Tournament Director Jeff Ryan.

The 35-year-old was last at the Winston-Salem Open in 2013 when he made a run to the finals, losing to Jurgen Melzer who hoisted the trophy. 

Monfils has more than 500 match wins and 11 titles on the ATP Tour and has enjoyed a career-high of no. 6 in the world. He has reached the final in at least one event for 18 straight seasons (2005-2022) and is currently the highest ranked French player.

“With the addition of Gaël to our field and two more wild cards still to award, we think it’s going to be one of the most exciting group of players we have to offer tennis fans,” Ryan added.

2020 US Open winner and former world no. 3 Dominic Thiem was already awarded a wild card, and two remain for direct entry into the main draw singles competition. The tournament will announce those as well as the doubles lineup in the coming days.