|Posted on August 15, 2019 at 7:40 PM|
The Winston-Salem Open is a men's professional tennis tournament played on the ATP Tour at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the United States 19-24 August 2019
Former No. 4 in the world TOMAS BERDYCH accepts Winston-Salem Open wild card
By John Brasier- Reporter, Triad Business Journal
The Winston-Salem Open added a premier wild card attraction to its field for the upcoming tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Czech Tomas Berdych, who rose to No. 4 in the world rankings in 2015, but has been sidelined by a back injury, received a berth into the field for the August 17-24 event. Berdych, who has advanced to the semifinals in all four Grand Slam events, beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2010 before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.
“We’re thrilled that Tomas Berdych accepted our invitation to the be the first wild card," said tournament director Bill Oakes.
On Thursday morning, the tournament released the names of 39 of the 48 men in the singles draw. The list includes Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, who had been announced earlier. All but Berdych are in the current top 90 in the world rankings. No. 14 Borna Coric of Croatia and No. 16 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia (country) are the top-ranked players in the field.
Greensboro's John Isner, the world's No. 12 player, isn't entered. Isner lost a second-round match at Wimbledon to Russian Mikhail Kukushkin, who lost in the round of 16.
“We will fill the remaining slots with other incredible players and look forward to having another blockbuster tournament in just a few weeks," said Oakes. "Winston-Salem is going to be the right place to be to watch tennis in late August.”
This week, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Nadal. Oakes pointed out that 12 of the final 16 players at Wimbledon this year will either be in Winston-Salem this year, or have played the event in the past.
“In addition to well-known players, this year’s playing field includes several rising tennis players who represent the future of tennis," said Oakes.
The remaining nine spots in the field will be determined in coming weeks -- three via wild card entries, four determined by qualifying and two special exemptions.