Rising Star Jared Donaldson Earns Final Wild Card


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jared Donaldson has been given the final wild card to the Winston-Salem Open, which begins Saturday, August 22. He is joining Kevin Anderson, Tommy Haas and Gilles Simon as a wild card entrant to become the 44th player named to the tournament field. 

“Jared is rounding out the most incredible field of exciting competitors we’ve ever had at the Winston-Salem Open,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “I’ve been looking at the local weather forecasts, and it looks like beautiful weekend is in store for our friends at the Wyndham Championship, and that’s also a great way to kick off another week of professional sports in the Triad with our tournament.  I don’t want to jinx it, but the weather is looking equally great for most of next week.”

Donaldson arrives in Winston-Salem after going to the second round this past week in Cincinnati. He beat veteran Nicolas Mahut in the first round and then lost to 2014 Winston-Salem Open finalist Jerzy Janowicz in the second round.  He is currently ranked No. 153 and, at age 18, is the highest-ranked American teenager. Donaldson was at a career-high No. 150 earlier this month and should climb again after his win in Cincinnati.

The 6-2, 160-pounder from Rhode Island has played mostly on the Challenger circuit this year, with a win in Maui and a trip to the semifinals in Tallahassee. Donaldson has spent parts of the past two years in Turkey playing Futures events and won a Futures title there last year.  He made his ATP World Tour Main Draw debut last year in Washington and also made the Main Draw of the US Open.

Donaldson is an interesting story in that he chose not to go the traditional American route and train at a tennis academy, choosing instead to spend two years of his junior career training in Argentina.  He is widely considered the first of the next generation of American players to participate in the Winston-Salem Open as he joins fellow teenagers Borna Coric and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the tournament’s main draw.

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.