WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – ATP World Tour No. 11 ranked Gilles Simon will compete in next week’s Winston-Salem Open, which begins Saturday, August 22. He is joining Tommy Haas and Kevin Anderson as a wild card entrant to become the 41st player named to the tournament field.
“This is the first time in the history of the Winston-Salem Open that we’ve fielded five of the top 20 ATP ranked players. The closest we’ve come in the past was in 2012 when we had four top 20 players,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “As of now, Gilles is the top-seeded player in our tournament. We’re going to bring true meaning to world-class tennis in Winston-Salem next week. The competition on the courts will be fierce.”
Gilles, a 30-year-old Frenchman, has been ranked as high as No. 6 in 2009 and becomes the 20th player in Winston-Salem Open history who either is or has been ranked in the Top 10 at some point in his career. He owns 12 career ATP World Tour singles titles, including a victory at Marseille earlier this year. Gilles won three times in 2008, which vaulted him into the Top 10. Gilles reached the semifinals of the Aegon Championships leading up to Wimbledon, and then reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon with wins over 2013 Winston-Salem Open finalist Gael Monfils and 2012 tournament finalist Tomas Berdych.
He is close friends with countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who also is scheduled to compete in the Winston-Salem Open next week.
The Winston-Salem Open will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. 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 $69 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.