WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Sam Querrey have committed to play in the 2015 Winston-Salem Open, which will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. Tsonga, Goffin and Querrey are the first players to join what is expected to be another strong field at Winston-Salem’s ATP World Tour 250 event. Both Tsonga and Goffin will be ranked in the ATP top 15 when new rankings are released June 8.
“We’re extremely excited that Jo-Wilfried, David and Sam are returning to compete in the Winston-Salem Open,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “The fact that two top 15 players have committed to play this far in advance shows how well-regarded this tournament is on the ATP Tour. This is the earliest that we’ve announced two top 15 players in the five-year history of the Winston-Salem Open.”
“These three incredible players will help us create another amazing atmosphere as we welcome some of the best tennis competitors in the world to Winston-Salem,” said Oakes. “We’ve already received a lot of inquiries about tickets. Box seats have been available since May 1, and individual seats go on sale next Monday, June 8.”
“The Open is slightly later in August this year and is after the beginning of the year for most local schools, including Wake Forest,” Oakes added. “With that in mind, we moved the afternoon sessions to begin at 3 o’clock to make it easier for fans to watch both sessions of the tournament without leaving the stadium complex.”
Box seats for the Winston-Salem Open are $650 each for rows 1-2 and $600 each for rows 3-4. Individual tickets will be available beginning June 8 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. There will be no additional fees to the ticket price and parking will be free again this year.
“With the restructuring of the afternoon session beginning times, we’re able to make tournament tickets more affordable than ever,” Oakes said. “Early bird special general admission tickets are available until July 1 beginning for $15 and range up to $35 for the championship on August 29. We also have discounts for groups of 10 or more, and tickets to qualifying on August 22 begin at only $5.”
Tsonga is one of the most-entertaining players on the ATP World Tour and is a huge fan favorite. The 30-year-old Frenchman has been ranked as high as No. 5 in early 2012, and is No. 15 after missing much of the early part of 2015 with injuries. He owns 11 ATP World Tour singles titles, the most recent being the Masters 1000 in Canada last summer. He burst onto the scene in 2007 as the tour’s Newcomer of the Year and in 2008 reached the Australian Open final. Tsonga has been to Winston-Salem twice before. He was a member of the French Davis Cup team that lost to the US in 2008, although he could not play because of injury. He reached the semifinals of the 2012 Winston-Salem Open, losing to eventual champion John Isner in a dramatic third-set tiebreak.
Goffin has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ATP World Tour rankings over the last nine months and is currently ranked a career-best No. 15. The 24-year-old from Belgium enjoyed an incredible string of success last year before and during the Winston-Salem Open, running a personal winning streak to 25 straight matches before losing to eventual finalist Jerzy Janowicz in the quarterfinals. He had won his first ATP World Tour 250 event at Kitzbuhel and had won two Challenger events before coming to Winston-Salem as a qualifier. Goffin has since added another 250 title at Metz this year and also reached the final at Basel before losing to Roger Federer. This will be Goffin's fourth visit to Winston-Salem. He reached the round of 32 in 2013 and the quarterfinals in 2012.
Querrey has reached the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open in each of the last three years and always is in top form during the summer hard court season. The 6 feet, 6 inch Californian has been ranked as high as No. 17 in the winter of 2011 and has had a reign as the top-ranking American player. Querrey is currently ranked No. 38. The 27-year-old owns seven career ATP World Tour singles titles, including three titles in Los Angeles before the tournament moved. He has also had six runner-up finishes, including at Houston earlier 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 eight 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.