WORLD NO. 37 ANDREY RUBLEV RECEIVES WILDCARD INTO SINGLES DRAW AT 2018 WINSTON-SALEM OPEN
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 8, 2018) – 20-year-old Russian and ATP Next Gen star, Andrey Rublev, will return to Winston-Salem Open this week after receiving a wildcard into the main draw.
Rublev is currently ranked no. 37 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings and no. six in the ATP Next Gen year end “Race To Milan.” ATP Next Gen stars are all players younger than 21 years of age who are inside the Top 200.
“Andrey is a really exciting player to watch, and he has already made amazing strides in his return after his back injury,” says Tournament Director Bill Oakes. “We are excited to welcome him back to North Carolina as he continues to grow in his career.”
Rublev fell in the second round of the Winston-Salem in 2017 in a three-set match to Hyeon Chung (7-5, 1-6, 1-6). The Russian missed three months of the 2018 season, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon, due to a stress fracture in his lower back.
Other top-ranked ATP singles players in the tournament’s field include, David Goffin (11), Pablo Carreno Busta (13), Kyle Edmund (16), Marco Cecchinato (21), Hyeon Chung (23), and Damir Dzumhur (24).
American favorites Sam Querrey (32), Steve Johnson (33) and Ryan Harrison (57) 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.