WORLD NO. 16 KYLE EDMUND RECEIVES WILDCARD INTO SINGLES DRAW AT 2018 WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 8, 2018) –British number 1, and ATP World Tour number 16 Kyle Edmund has received one of four wildcards into the main draw of the Winston-Salem Open. This will be Edmund’s third consecutive appearance at the event.
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt receives wildcard into doubles
Edmund lost in the second round in 2016 to Viktor Troicki (3-6, 5-7). Last year the Brit played his way through the qualifying rounds and into the semi-finals where he fell to tournament runner-up Damir Dzuhmur in a thrilling three set match (6-1, 5-7, 3-6).
“We are excited to have Kyle return. He’s picked up a lot of fans through this tournament, and we enjoy hosting him. I expect he’ll have another great year in Winston-Salem,” says Tournament Director Bill Oakes.
Another familiar name returns to the hard courts of the Twin Cities; former World Number 1, Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt will play in the main draw doubles event with fellow Australian John Peers. Hewitt played in the singles draw at the 2011 Winston-Salem Open, but has never entered in the doubles event.
Hewitt holds 30 career singles, including two Grand Slams (2001 US Open, 2002 Wimbledon) and three career doubles titles. He remains the youngest man to ever be ranked number one in the world at 20 years old.
“It will be a treat to have Lleyton on the courts again. His passion for and dedication to the sport as well as for mentoring younger players speaks to his great character, and we are lucky to see him in action again,” Oakes adds.
Other top 25 ATP singles players slated to compete besides Edmund: David Goffin (11), Pablo Carreno Busta (13), Marco Cecchinato (21), Hyeon Chung (23), and Damir Dzumhur (24).
American favorites Sam Querrey (32), Steve Johnson (33), Ryan Harrison (57), and Jared Donaldson (62) will also return to the tournament.
The Winston-Salem Open is the final tournament in the summer-long US Open Series. This ATP event began in 2011, and in 2017 the tournament reached a global audience of more than 3.5 million in more than 100 countries. It won ATP Tournament of the Year in 2016, as voted on by the players. The Wake Forest Tennis Complex will host the tournament August 18-25. Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.winstonsalemopen.com/tickets for detailed pricing information and seat availability.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 15th season, the US Open Series links seven North American hard-court tournaments to the US Open final over a five-week period. The series showcases the world’s best players on both the WTA and ATP World Tour. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2018 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non-ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2018 ATP World Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.