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2017 will be the seventh year for the internationally known ATP tennis tournament, The Winston-Salem Open! Next year it will be August 19-26, 2017, at the recently renovated grounds of Wake Forest University’s tennis facility. The winner of the 2016 championship was Pablo Carreno Busta. In 2016, big name tennis stars who have signed up to play include Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Richard Gasquet, Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon, Borna Coric, Nicolas Mahut, Marcos Baghdatis, Jiri Vesely, Fernando Verdasco, Donald Young, Mikhail Youzhny, and Yen-Hsun Lu, among others. Ticket sales tend to start in early June. So, you’ll want to set a reminder on your calendar to reserve your seats!
John Isner has announced that he will be 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.
2017 Winston-Salem Open
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. Mark 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! Andy Roddick was the 2015 winner of the Series with James Blake as runner-up. This event is yet another reason to add the Winston-Salem Open to your calendar this year!
Want to Get Involved?
Ball person tryouts will be held in late July for anyone interested in being on the courts to see tennis up-close and personal. 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 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, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, 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 19-26, 2017
The tournament, formerly named Pilot Penn and held in New Haven, CT, runs August 19-26, 2017, 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.
How to Buy Winston-Salem Open Tickets
Look for tickets to go on on sale June 5, 2017. At that time, 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!
Which player are you most excited to see on the court and around town?