The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University has awarded a doubles wildcard to Cory Parr, a former member of the Wake Forest tennis team, and Treat Huey.
Parr was a 2008 and 2009 Doubles All-American and 2009 Singles All-American. With 108 victories, he holds the record for most wins of all doubles player in the history of Wake Forest tennis. Parr made it to the quarterfinals of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships and was All-ACC in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also won the 2008 ITA National Indoor Doubles Championship with Steven Forman, the first-ever individual national championship for the Wake Forest men’s tennis program.
"I'm very excited that Cory gets to come back to Wake Forest to compete in the Winston-Salem Open alongside Treat Huey. We have a strong history of men’s tennis here at Wake, and Cory is one of the best players ever to come out of our program," Wake Forest head men’s tennis coach Jeff Zinn said. "When Cory was in school here, he was one of the best collegiate doubles players in the country, so I can't wait to see what he can do against some of the best players in the world."
Huey is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was All-ACC in 2006 and 2007. During the fall of his senior year, he became Virginia’s all-time career doubles winner with 106 victories. Huey concluded the fall of his senior year ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 1 in singles in the Mideast Region. He recently teamed with Winston-Salem Open singles player and former teammate Somdev Devvarman at the Los Angeles Farmer’s Class (an ATP event as part of the US Open Series) and reached the finals before losing to Mark Knowles and Xavier Malisse. Huey is currently ranked No. 71 worldwide among doubles players.
The Winston-Salem Open will announce additional doubles pairings within a few days.
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. The Winston-Salem Open offers a text update program to keep fans informed about the tournament. To enroll in the free service, text WINSTON to 55333.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Winston-Salem Open, please go to 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.