Winston-Salem Open ATP Tennis Tournament

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Winston Salem Open Tennis 2015 at night Tsonga 2022 marks the eleventh year for the internationally known ATP tennis tournament, The Winston-Salem Open. It is scheduled for August 20-27, 2022.

We look forward to ATP tennis’ return to Winston-Salem in the summer of 2022 at the recently renovated grounds of Wake Forest University’s tennis facility.

2022 individual ticket sales started on June 7, 2022.

Players To Watch

This year’s initial player field includes wild cards Dominic Thiem, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, and Kei Nishikori. We may continue to see wildcards through the start of the tournament. 

Big-name tennis stars who will play in 2022 include:

  • Pablo Carreno Busta (2016 WS Open Champion, current rank #14)
  • Ilya Ivashka (2021 WS Open Champion)
  • Dominic Thiem (2020 US Open Champion)
  • Kei Nishikori (US Open 2014 finalist)
  • Frances Tiafoe (American, current ATP rank #25, 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist)
  • Grigor Dmitrov (Former world #3, current rank #18)
  • Maxime Cressy (American, current rank #32)
  • Marcos Giron (American, current rank #54)
  • Brandon Nakashima (American, on the rise, current rank #66)
  • Botic van de Zandschulp (on the rise, current rank #24)
  • Holger Rune (on the rise, French Open 2022 semifinalist, current rank #29)
  • Kyle Edmund (2018 WS Open quarterfinalist)
  • David Goffin (Wimbledon 2022 quarterfinalist)
  • Fabio Fognini (an entertaining player, current rank #61)

It will be interesting to see who shows up as Wild Cards or Alternates as we move closer to the event.

Players who played in 2021 include:

  • Ilya Ivashka (2021 WS Open Champion)
  • Andy Murray (Three-time Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medalist)
  • Pablo Carreno Busta (2016 WS Open Champion)
  • Dan Evans (top-ranked Brit on ATP Tour at the time)
  • Marin Cilic (US Open winner in 2014)
  • Lorenzo Sonego (on the rise)
  • Mikael Ymer (on the rise)
  • Emil Ruusuvuori (on the rise)
  • David Goffin (Two-time WS Open quarterfinalist)
  • Frances Tiafoe (American, quarterfinalist at 2019 Australian Open)
  • Carlos Alcarez (on the rise)
  • Nick Kyrgios (a most entertaining player and this is his first time playing here) – pulled out
  • Kevin Anderson (2015 WS Open Champion) – pulled out

In 2021 we were treated to opportunities to watch these up-and-coming, NextGen players – Carlos Alcarez, Lorenzo Sonego, Ilya Ivashk, Mikael Ymer, and Emil Ruusuvuori.

Past Champions

The winner of the 2021 championship was Ilya Ivashka, a first-time participant and rising star. It was the first championship title in an ATP event for the 27-year-old Belarusian man.

While Triad-native and top American John Isner was back for the 2017 tournament but has not returned since. He is the original King of the Winston-Salem Open, having won the first two years championship crown. However, he canceled a few times in recent years due to injuries and a desire to rest before the US 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 enjoys some of his mom’s home cooking during the tournament.

Year Champion Runner-Up
2021 Ilya Ivashka Mikael Ymer
2019 Hubert Hurkacz Benoit Paire
2018 Danil Medvedev Steve Johnson
2017 Roberto Bautista Agut Damir Dzumhur
2016 Pablo Carreno Busta Roberto Bautista Agut
2015 Kevin Anderson Pierre-Hugues Herbert
2014 Lukas Rosol Jerzy Janowicz
2013 Jurgen Melzer Gael Monfils
2012 John Isner Tomas Berdych
2011 John Isner Julien Benneteau

WTA: Women’s Exhibition Match Featuring Ash Barty & Coco Gauff

For the first time in Winston-Salem Open history, two female tennis stars played an exhibition match in 2019 as a part of the tournament. At the time of the announcement, Ashleigh Barty was the top-ranked female tennis player after winning this year’s French Open. She faced off against the biggest sensation from Wimbledon 2019, the 15-year-old American Cory “Coco” Gauff!

Gauff hit the WTA scene in 2019 with a huge splash when the then 15-year-old took out Venus Williams at Wimbledon. She also won the 2018 French Open Junior Girls title and is ready to play big at the US Open.

Barty is a 23-year-old from Australia and is also just starting to make a name for herself. It’s not every day that we get to see a No. 1 ranked tennis player grace the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

In addition to the exhibition, the two players spent a few days around town while training and resting up for the US Open the following week. Our surface is reportedly very similar to the courts in New York, making this a great way to get competitive match play under their belt leading up to the last Grand Slam of the calendar year.

“I was excited because we know that getting prepared for the year’s final major on the women’s side is very difficult. But they see what we offer is a great place to rest and prepare,” said Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes.

The exhibition match occurred at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and was included in the night ticket. Coco Gauff took the trophy for this historic match.Winston-Salem Open Tennis Draw 2017

Winston Salem Open Draw?

Are you wondering who’s playing next year? The draw is composed of 48 players for men’s singles and 16 teams for men’s doubles. Prize money amounts to $700,000. The draw is selected at a draw party on Friday night, the day before qualifying matches start.

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

2022 individual ticket sales started on June 7, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online at, 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!

There are also special ticket packages available for groups as well as “Friends of the Tournament.”

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.  Be sure to fill out an online ball person application before showing up at 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 attend training sessions.

And there are many more opportunities to volunteer, 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.

Andy Roddick at Winston-Salem Open

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 Returns To Winston-Salem In August 2022

The tournament (formerly named Pilot Penn and held in New Haven, CT) takes place in August at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. It is one of the most-watched tournaments in the US Open Series because it is the last tournament before the one and only Grand Slam tennis event, the US 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?

About The Author:

Born right here in Winston-Salem, NC, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Michelle is a native. At age one she moved to Virginia but after spending 30+ years moving around Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California and even Paris, France, Michelle returned home to Winston-Salem in 2004. A job at Hanes brought her here but the heart of the city has kept her here.

Her favorite things about Winston-Salem are its welcoming people who call it home, its art-centric culture, and its perfect location at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains and a short drive to the beaches of the Atlantic. The lack of traffic is a pretty tremendous asset as well, especially since it gives her more free time to enjoy cooking and playing with her dogs, Lily and Barley. Michelle is one of the many residents of this great city who are thrilled to call this "My Winston-Salem"!

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Jenny S
August 17, 2017 4:24 pm

I just heard that Sam Querrey pulled out, is that true? Booo!! I’m his biggest fan. And what about John Isner, will he finally come back to his home town tourney to defend the crown that’s rightfully his?

Alex Schenker
August 18, 2017 10:48 am
Reply to  Jenny S

Hi Jenny,

Unfortunately Sam Querrey pulling out is true, that was just announced yesterday. As of today, John Isner is still signed up to play 🙂 Enjoy the tournament!

Andy R
August 20, 2016 10:31 pm

Great to see Bill Oaks secure Richard Gasquet, I believe for the first time? Saw him play in Davis Cup in Winston, great guy, great tennis. Qualifying is already off to an action packed start!

Alex Schenker
August 19, 2013 11:04 pm

Despite the rain, the tournament is off to a great start. I love what they’ve done to the stands this year; makes for a more intimate atmosphere. Go Fish!