2018 New York Open Player Field Announced
  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The player field for the inaugural New York Open has been announced as top players Kevin Anderson and Steve Johnson have been added to the field that already included the likes of Sam Querrey, John Isner and Kei Nishikori.  

Kevin Anderson, South Africa’s top ranked player and No. 14 in the world, has committed to play. Anderson holds three career titles and made it to the finals of the 2017 US Open. He also reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 ATP World Tour Masters 1,000 in Montreal, as well as the finals of the Citi Open ATP 500 tournament in Washington, DC.

Early commitments for the singles draw include Querrey, Isner, Nishikori, and 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung.

American players Steve Johnson (No. 44), Jared Donaldson (No. 54), Donald Young (No. 61), and Frances Tiafoe (No. 79), and former junior Wimbledon champions Noah Rubin and Reilly Opelka round out the strong U.S. field for the New York Open, the first U.S. stop of the year on the ATP World Tour.

World No. 28 Adrian Mannarino of France, Israel’s No. 1 player Dudi Sela, Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, who defeated Roger Federer at the 2017 Dubai Tennis Championships, and Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, who is one of Latin America’s top competitors, are just a few players to watch in the tournament’s international field.

The 2018 New York Open will mark the return of the ATP World Tour to the New York metropolitan area and Long Island since 2005. GF Sports, a live events and sports media entertainment company, acquired the former Memphis Open in 2015 and partnered with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to move the tournament to Long Island. The event is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor championship contested in the United States.

“One of our biggest goals for the New York Open is to continue the development of American tennis by providing a chance for young hopefuls, and veterans alike, with an opportunity to play and succeed,” said Josh Ripple, Tournament Director. “It’s really exciting to have a strong player field, and U.S. representation, for the tournament’s debut on Long Island.”

“We’re excited that NYCB LIVE will be the next stop on tour for an impressive field of the world’s top 100 ATP World Tour professionals, following the Australian Open,” said Brett Yormark, Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “The tournament will mark a new beginning for professional tennis on Long Island when it hosts Grand Slam champions and finalists, nine Americans, including the country’s rising stars, and a strong pool of international players next month.”

The full acceptance list is as follows:

First Name

Last Name

Country

Rank

Sam

Querrey

USA

13

Kevin

Anderson

RSA

14

John

Isner

USA

17

Kei

Nishikori

JPN

22

Adrian

Mannarino

FRA

28

Steve

Johnson

USA

44

Ryan

Harrison

USA

47

Jared

Donaldson

USA

54

Hyeon

Chung

KOR

58

Nikoloz

Basilashvili

GEO

59

Peter

Gojowczyk

GER

60

Donald

Young

USA

61

Dudi

Sela

ISR

67

Evgeny

Donskoy

RUS

72

Matthew

Ebden

AUS

76

Jeremy

Chardy

FRA

78

Frances

Tiafoe

USA

79

Ivo

Karlovic

CRO

80

Victor

Estrella Burgos

DOM

83

*Noah

Rubin

USA

201

*Reilly

Opelka

USA

229

* wild card entry.

On Feb. 11, guests who purchase an evening session ticket will have a chance to see tennis legend and honorary New York Open ambassador John McEnroe play U.S. Davis Cup champion James Blake, followed by a match between 2017 US Open women’s tennis champion Sloane Stephens and Canada’s No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard. All four players will take part in a mixed doubles matchup after singles play. All matches will be eight-game pro-sets.