Tommy Paul, Kei Nishikori to play Winston-Salem

July 18, 2022 06:47 PM

(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. JULY 19, 2022) – The Winston-Salem Open has added two more names to its 2022 list of players ahead of next week’s full field announcement.

Tommy Paul, from Greenville, N.C., is currently enjoying a career-high world No. 32 in the rankings and is coming off a Round of 16 run at Wimbledon. Paul moved to North Carolina from New Jersey when he was just three months old and grew up playing on the clay courts which helped lead him to a 2015 Roland Garros boys’ singles title. Paul entered the Winston-Salem Open in 2018 winning two rounds of qualifying and two rounds of main draw play.

“We love supporting our Americans—particularly a North Carolinian,” says Tournament Director Jeff Ryan.

“It’s great to see Tommy having so much success and climbing the rankings,” Ryan added. “Our fans enjoy the opportunity to see a North Carolinian compete on the biggest stages in our sport. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Triad.”

Another player Winston-Salem will welcome back is U.S. Open finalist and former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori. The 32-year-old Japanese superstar is returning to the hard courts this summer after a hip injury sidelined him for most of the year.

“Kei has always been a fascinating player,” says Ryan. 

“He hasn’t been to the area since our first event back in 2011 when he reached the Round of 16, so this will be a real treat for our fans,” he added. “I’m particularly a fan of Kei’s grit and grind. He’s captivating to watch, so we are excited he has accepted a wildcard this summer.”

Nishikori achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world in 2015. He has more than 400 match wins, 14 finals and 12 titles on the ATP Tour. 

The full list of players for the 2022 event will be released the week of July 25, and the remaining wild cards will be confirmed in early August.