WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Coming on the heels of the announcement that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Sam Querrey would play in the Winston-Salem Open, three additional players – Viktor Troicki, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Steve Johnson – also have committed to compete. The 2015 Winston-Salem Open will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.
A native of Belgrade, Troicki is currently ranked No. 24 and had a career high of No. 12 in 2011. He has been on a tear since returning to the ATP World Tour in 2014, as Troicki won in Sydney earlier this year as a qualifier. The 29-year-old has one other ATP World Tour title, winning in Moscow in 2010. The highlight of Troicki’s career may have been the 2010 Davis Cup final, when he won the deciding match as Serbia beat France for the title.
Garcia-Lopez is currently ranked No. 32 and has won twice already in 2015 in Bucharest and Zagreb. The 32-year-old Spaniard has three other ATP World Tour titles – Casablanca in 2014, Bangkok in 2010 and Kitzbuhel in 2009. He beat Rafael Nadal en route to the Bangkok title in 2010 and has finished in the top 40 in four of the last six years.
Johnson, currently ranked No. 52 with a career high of No. 37 in the year-end rankings last year, is a two-time NCAA singles champ at Southern California in 2011 and 2012. The 25-year-old also became the first player to be a part of four straight NCAA teams and won two Challengers before joining the ATP World Tour full-time and jumped 120 spots in 2014.
“Our tournament continues to attract some of the top tennis players in the world,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “Adding Viktor Troicki, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Steve Johnson to the roster of players that we announced a couple weeks ago certainly makes the case that Winston-Salem will be home to some of the best tennis in America later this summer. I will be meeting with additional potential players at Wimbledon for the next few days and hope to have more players to announce very soon.”
At Wimbledon over the next two weeks, Troicki is seeded No. 22 while Garcia-Lopez is No. 29. Of the previous players announced for the Winston-Salem Open, Tsonga is seeded No. 13 while Goffin is No. 16. Goffin and Johnson each won earlier today at Wimbledon and will advance to the second round as Goffin topped Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 while Johnson came from behind to beat Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. The other four players committed to the Winston-Salem Open thus far will play tomorrow at Wimbledon.
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. Early bird special general admission tickets are available until July 1 beginning for $8 and range up to $49 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 $8. 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.