WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 24, 2011) – The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University has signed Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison to compete in the inaugural tournament this August. Ticket sales to the Winston-Salem Open have been brisk since going on sale May 10, and both north and south courtside box seats already have sold out.
Earlier today, Querrey beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the French Open’s second round for the first time. Querrey, 23, is known for his powerful serve and forehand, as well as his rabid fan base – the Samurais.
Querrey, a 6-6 Southern Californian, is currently 26th in the ATP men’s singles rankings and is the third-highest ranked American, behind only Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick. He has been as high as No. 17 in the past year. He owns six ATP singles titles, including four last year when he won at Memphis, Belgrade, the London Queen’s Club and Los Angeles. He had won twice previously at Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, Querrey teamed with John Isner to win the doubles title in Rome and has two other ATP doubles titles – one with Isner and one with Mardy Fish. Last month, Americans Mardy Fish and John Isner became the first two players to commit to the Winston-Salem Open. Fish, ranked No. 10 in the world, won his first-round match at Roland Garros on Monday. And on Tuesday, Isner, a Greensboro native, put on a heroic effort against five-time champion Rafael Nadal before Nadal pulled out a 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory – Nadal’s first five-set victory ever in Paris.
Harrison, 19, is one of the fastest-rising young Americans on the ATP Tour. He has climbed more than 140 spots in the past year and is currently ranked No. 124 in the ATP men’s singles rankings. Harrison, making his Roland Garros debut, won a set against fifth-seeded Robin Soderling Tuesday before Soderling prevailed 6-1, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.
As a junior, the Shreveport native was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world junior rankings. He made a splash by winning his first-round match at the 2008 Houston Open, becoming just the 11th player in the Open era to win an ATP World Tour match before the age of 16. His best showing so far this year has been at Indian Wells, where he reached the fourth round before losing to Roger Federer.
"The roster of leading tennis players coming to the Winston-Salem Open continues to grow with the addition of Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison. I’ve talked to the players, and they’re thrilled with the opportunity to compete in Winston-Salem this August," said tournament director Bill Oakes. "Fans should stay tuned during the next couple months for more announcements about more top-ranked players coming to the Triad. This is going to be an incredible slate of players that compares favorably with any other tournament in America."
About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 21-27, 2011, with qualifying set for August 19 and August 20. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Olympus US Open Series. The tournament will receive national television exposure via Tennis Channel and ESPN2, including the singles final broadcasted by CBS. For more information, please visit www.winstonsalemopen.com.
About the Olympus US Open Series
The Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals on Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express and Evian. Andy Murray won the 2010 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and again equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Olympus US Open Series in second place.
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 32 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 ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points at Grand Slams (non ATP events), ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 events. At the end of the season, only the world’s top 8 ranked men’s singles players and top 8 doubles teams, based on their performance throughout the year, 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 2011 ATP World Tour No.1 in singles and doubles. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.