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New York Open Players List

 

2018 NEW YORK OPEN PLAYER FIELD ANNOUNCED

LONG ISLAND (January 3, 2018) – The New York Open ATP World Tour tennis tournament will make its debut Feb. 11-18 with a player field highlighted by four of the world’s top-25 ranked players, the No. 1-ranked players from South Africa, Japan, Korea, and Israel, and nine Americans who have been accepted directly into the singles main draw.

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 included top 50-ranked players Sam Querrey (No. 13); 2017 BB&T Atlanta Open and Hall of Fame Open champion John Isner (No. 17); four-time Memphis Open champion and world’s former No. 5 player Kei Nishikori (No. 22); 2017 Memphis Open winner Ryan Harrison (No. 47), and 2018 Australian Open Boy’s Singles Champion Sebastian Korda (No. 846).

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

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

*Sebastian Korda USA 846

*Denotes 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.

Ted Dimond is the official artist of the New York Open.

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80 comments

  • Michael in UK · February 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Also in Europe today, Lucas Pouille beats Gasquet in the ATP Montpellier final.

  • catherine · February 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Hartt – it’s very tough to come back from the kind of illness Rebecca seems to have suffered from and then survive in a competitive sport. So one can only wish the best for her.

  • catherine · February 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Saw Martina Hingis being interviewed in Prague re the Fed Cup tie today and of course I couldn’t understand a word of it – she was speaking fluent Czech :)

  • Duke Carnoustie · February 11, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Wow the Williams sisters got thrashed with the tie already over. I feel bad for those people who paid $2000 for a ticket to see that.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Dan, the sunglasses on players disconnects them from fans. It's a barrier. Fans like to see players eyes.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Duke, did they blatantly tank the doubles? If so it's a gross insult to he Fed Cup.

  • jg · February 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Wow, $2,000 a ticket?

  • Moxie · February 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Well, I'm sure you're kidding, but I can't think of any reason that the New York Open should be a circus event. Surely NY doesn't have to resort to gimmickry to make popular an event in one of the most populous and tennis-obsessed areas of the country. No surprise that they lured it away from Memphis. No one goes to Memphis for tennis, in the same way that no one goes to Long Island for the Blues. ;)

  • Hartt · February 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Catherine, I did wonder how Rebecca Marino would manage now, after being away from tennis for 5 years, and having turned 27 in Dec. But it sounds like things are going well. She has said that it wasn’t the tennis itself that gave her problems before, it was what went with it. She described herself as shy, and not suited to dealing with the limelight. Presumably her depression is now under control.

    But in those 5 years she went to university, tried competitive rowing (seems to be a sport her family took part in), and did some tennis coaching. So she is much more experienced and, as she said, more mature. After her wins in Turkey Marino said she was pleased with the wins, “but what I am most happy about is to be back playing. The whole process of coming back to tennis has been very fulfilling, and has helped me find my love of the game again.”

  • Duke Carnoustie · February 11, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I didn’t watch the Williams match so I don’t know. The match lasted 66 minutes.

    I don’t think it made any sense to make Venus Williams play three matches out of four but what do I know? I doubt the Williams will play the semifinal vs. France.

    The prices were $2,000 for some seats on the secondary market since it was sold out. Don’t know if anyone paid that much. For that price, they could have bought three tickets to the New York City Open!

    D-Young v. Harry and Korda v. Tiafoe tomorrow!

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Serena and Venus played a dead rubber v Holland. Anyone who paid $2000 to see it, well that was their choice.

    Usually those matches aren’t played, so it was an exh in a way.

    And no, Scoop, I doubt tanking went on, it was a meaningless match and Serena wasn’t going to hurt herself. I don’t think she’s fully fit yet but I suppose we’ll find out more in Miami.

  • Hartt · February 12, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Serena is slated to play IW, so if she does she has limited time to get up to scratch.

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Hartt -I suppose Serena can enter tournaments and withdraw – from what I could see on Yutube in the doubles and in the practice sessions she is still a little overweight and a bit slow – I think she’s finding the road back harder than expected. Even athletic women who have easy deliveries would probably be looking at eight or nine months and Serena was bedridden for 6 weeks. In her position she could really pick and choose her tournaments, maybe do a Federer and aim to peak in the summer on grass.

    And a lot of players will be quite interested in beating her – no sentiment there.

    I’ll be looking out for the Martinez effect with Muguruza soon – don’t believe she’s just ‘joining the team’ so I expect to see Garbine’s regular coach (can’t spell his name) depart soonish.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 12, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    So now Serena is 0-2 in her first two matches back this year, the loss att he exo to Ostapenko and now this in Fed Cup doubles. There has to be some concerns now if she will be able to regain her movement. It all comes down to movement and if Serena has lost that fraction of agility and speed and anticipation, she could become ordinary fast. Movement does not matter as much in doubles and yet the Ws still lost to a pair of no-names. There has to be major concerns right now in the Williams camp.

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Scoop – yes to your points, and that’s why I would expect Serena to revise her schedule. Plus, inevitably, her attention isn’t what it used to be. Before, she only had herself to think about.

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Marta Kostyuk seems to be playing quite a few tournaments now. I may be old fashioned but I think she’s too young.

    What is the lower age limit for playing the circuit full time ? WTA that is.

  • Hartt · February 12, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Catherine, I am not so sure Sam Sumyk, Muguruza’s coach, is on his way out. He has been her coach since 2015. Conchita coached Garbine for a while last season when Sumyk was unavailable because his wife was giving birth. That was a successful partnership, and it was unfortunate that Conchita could not continue then. It sounds like Sam and Conchita bring different things to the coaching role. Garbine often talks about how calm Conchita is and how much that helps her play her best.

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Conchita did appear to bring out the best in Garbine and she hasn’t really played at W’don standard since, so it’s possible that the calmness she’s talked about is the most important part of her game at the moment. She does tend to get in a bit of a state sometimes and easily slips into full panic mode.

    Sumyk and Garbine have had their ups and downs if I recall. So I don’t know. Conchita is an experienced coach, not just an advisor, and I’m not sure this 2 coaches thing works out. Kerber tried it last year to no visible benefit – in the end she got rid of both.

  • Hartt · February 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Niculescu just beat Sharapova in Doha, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. :)

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Hartt – you beat me to it. Maybe one reason Nike picked up Simona is the company see Sharpie as a fading force and maybe Serena too. Nike needs a No 1 woman player.

    I can’t honestly see Maria coming back to the game in a big way. Time’s moved on. But that was a bad loss.

  • Hartt · February 12, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Catherine, a Romanian poster did a match call for it, so even though I didn’t see the match had a sense of what a roller coaster it was.

    I agree, Sharapova’s time is past. She has been back for many months now and hasn’t done anything exceptional.

  • catherine · February 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    From what I saw in highlights (which aren’t very good) Niculescu did a lot of slicing and softballing and didn’t try to bash Maria off the court and that seemed to work.
    Gave Maria time to think and get tentative. She doesn’t have much variety – never did.

    Radwanska had a roller coaster too – I followed some of the point by point and it was 7-5 in the 3rd. So no easy ride there.

    Looking ahead Konta could play Kerber – I’m sure Fisette can give Angie some useful hints there :)

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 12, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Not sure what Sumyk brings to the table for Muguruza, but we know what Conchita brings – experience of winning a major title and hundreds of matches on the WTA Tour. It's a no brainer Garbine will never say "tell me something I don't know" to Conchita as her coach.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 12, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    That's a bad loss for Maria. Niculescu is a type of player Maria used to handle comfortably. Losing to her shows that Maria is in decline, in my opinion. I would guess Maria owns a decisive head to head record vs Monica, despite the result today.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Whoa I stand corrected. This was their first meeting today. They are both 30 yrs old. A strange quirk that they have never played each other before today.

  • catherine · February 13, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Kerber news – reprising 2016 Angie will play in Mallorca this year, a popular event for the Germans.

  • catherine · February 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Muguruza won in SS v Yang but it was a scrappy match, lots of errors and Garbine looked pretty rusty – not surprising considering low little she has played this year. Will have to up her game next round.

  • catherine · February 13, 2018 at 10:08 am

    It’s good getting some WTA matches (no ATP) live through Youtube but the experience is somewhat lessened by the stream of utterly obscene comments alongside the screen. Wish I could shut them out but I can’t.

  • Thomas Tung · February 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Lots of “sports bettors” watching those YouTube matches, taking out their frustrations on the athletes they’re losing money on.

  • catherine · February 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Thomas – yes, I gathered that, tends to be all over Youtube streams so I just try to look the other way.

    Of course when bettors are following WTA they have reason to get extra frustrated :)

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