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2018 marks the eighth year for the internationally known ATP tennis tournament, The Winston-Salem Open! This year it will be August 18-25, 2018, at the recently renovated grounds of Wake Forest University’s tennis facility. 2018 ticket sales started June 4, 2018.
The winner of the 2017 championship was Roberto Bautista Agut who returned with his eye on the prize after finishing as the runner up in 2016. Big name tennis stars who signed up to play in 2017 included Sam Querrey (Wimbledon semi-finalist, USA), Steve Johnson (USA), John Isner (two-time WS Open champ, ranked 18 in the world, American and Triad native), Kevin Anderson (former WS Open champ), Pablo Carreno Busta (ranked 14th in the world), Gilles Simon, Ryan Harrison (USA), Nicolas Mahut, Marcos Baghdatis, Pablo Cuevas, Fernando Verdasco, Donald Young (USA), Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Yen-Hsun Lu, among others. Be sure to keep a close watch on these up and coming youngsters – Daniil Medvedev and Hyeon Chung. They have recently upset some big name players and are working hard to make their own mark. Players have not yet been announced for 2018.
Triad-native and top American, John Isner was also back for the 2017 tournament! This is great news because he is a local and he is the original King of the Winston-Salem Open, having won the first two years championship crown. However, he canceled in recent years due to injuries and desire to rest before the U.S. Open, which starts the following week. Isner is also a local who grew up in nearby Greensboro, NC, and his family still calls the Triad home, so he gets to enjoy some of his mom’s home cooking during the tournament.
PowerShares Legends: Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mardy Fish, and Michael Chang
The PowerShares Legends Series made its Winston-Salem premier at the 2016 Open at the Wake Forest tennis complex and featured tennis from great legends including Andy Roddick, James Blake, Jim Courier, and Mark Philippoussis. This year’s PowerShares event features Andy Roddick, James Blake, Michael Chang and a fourth player yet to be announced. Blake won in 2017 and Philippoussis won in 2016!
The event boasts three matches – two semis and one final (one set each). The PowerShare Series is a 30+ year tennis circuit for veteran players – it takes place annually in 12 U.S. cities and Winston-Salem is proud to be added to the mix! James Blake was the 2016 winner of the series and Andy Roddick took the series in 2015. This event is yet another reason to add the Winston-Salem Open to your calendar this year!
Winston Salem Open Draw?
Wondering who’s playing this year? We attended the draw party last year and got the scoop (and even helped pick players!). Julien Benneteau was in attendance. Once announced, the draws for singles and qualifying will be posted on the WS Open website. Who’s your favorite player and who will you be rooting on throughout the tournament? Let us know in the comments!
How to Buy Winston-Salem Open Tickets
2018 tickets went on sale on June 4, 2018. Tickets can be purchased online at www.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. If you are a local tennis fan, you can buy tickets at the box office one hour before they go on sale anywhere else!
Want to Get Involved?
Ball person tryouts are held in early August for anyone interested in being on the courts to see tennis up-close and personal (8/3/18 this year). Be sure to fill out an online ball person application prior to showing up to Wake Forest University Indoor Tennis Center if you wish to be considered. Applicants must be at least 12 years of age, know how to keep score and be able to attend training sessions.
And there are many more opportunities to volunteer as well from ushers and tickets to transportation and guest services. You can learn more and signup by visiting the Volunteer page on the Winston-Salem Open website.
Past Year Players Include Andy Roddick & John Isner
In the opening year of the tournament (2011), we were not only graced with an incredible event but also some top name tennis names like Andy Roddick, John Isner, James Blake, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kevin Anderson, and Donald Young, All 6 of these players were ATP ranked in the top 100. More recent tournaments showcased the playing of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Pablo Carreno Busta, Sam Querrey, David Goffin, and Jurgen Melzer. This year looks like another stellar lineup and who knows who else may still sign up for the Winston-Salem Open before the tourney begins!
ATP Tennis Comes to Winston-Salem on August 18-25, 2018
The tournament, formerly named Pilot Penn and held in New Haven, CT, runs August 18-25, 2018, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. It is one of the most watched tournaments in the U.S. Open Series because it is the last tournament before the one and only Grand Slam tennis event, the U.S. Open in New York City. It is also the same surface as the US Open, so it is the perfect place for the players to warm up for the big show in the Big Apple. Everyone keeps an eye out to see who to watch for in New York.
Which player are you most excited to see on the court and around town?