WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 24, 2021)— After postponing its 10th anniversary during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University will return to the Piedmont Triad August 21 through 28, 2021. The tournament will operate at full capacity, given North Carolina’s government has lifted mass gathering restrictions. This makes the Winston-Salem Open the first tournament in the world to announce it will be fully “open” for fans. Tickets—including individual session tickets, packages, box seats, and group sales—will go on sale later this summer.
“We’re so excited to announce the 2021 Winston-Salem Open. It was disappointing for everyone to have to step aside last year, but we knew it was the right thing to do for tennis. We know, though, our fans have a long history of being incredibly loyal and supportive of the tournament, and we can’t wait for play to begin on August 21,” Winston-Salem Open tournament director Jeff Ryan said. “Our focus has been and will continue to be on our community and all the people and partners who make this event possible. Our passion for our people is one of the reasons our tagline is ‘Built for Winston-Salem.’ We are already hard at work making plans for another world-class experience for all our fans, here and around the world. We miss our fans.”
The Winston-Salem Open will operate at full seating capacity and will award 100% prize money to players. This ATP tournament is the first in America to announce a return to play at this level. “We hope, as conditions continue to improve and restrictions are lifted, other tournaments will be able to join us at full operational levels as professional tennis completely re-emerges from the pandemic,” Ryan commented.
The tournament plans to announce the full playing field in July. Tennis Channel is set to exclusively broadcast all sessions of the 2021 Winston-Salem Open, but the exact schedule is not yet confirmed.