John Isner, Kei Nishikori and the Bryan Brothers will be coming to Long Island in February to play in the first New York Open at the renovated Nassau Coliseum. The four top-ranked players were the first to commit to the inaugural event, which will be played Feb. 11-18.
The event is the first ATP Tour tournament on Long Island since 2004. In April, a partnership of GF Sports and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the operator of the recently renovated Coliseum, announced that the Memphis Open would be moving to Long Island. It was renamed the The New York Open in June.
The last sanctioned tennis tournament on Long Island was commonly known as The Hamlet, which was played in Commack.
Isner, ranked No. 17 in the world, beat Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 player in the world, last month in the Laver Cup in Prague.
“I’m excited about being one of the headliners for this first-time winter ATP Tour event in New York,” Isner said in a statement. “We hear NYCB LIVE has been renovated to be a first-class state-of-the-art arena, and it’s getting good buzz among the players.”
Nishikori, ranked No. 14, won the Memphis Open four times and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2016.
“Playing in New York has always been exciting for me and to think I could win a fifth title during this ATP Tour week would be amazing,” said Nishikori. “I’ll miss Memphis, but I’m going to love New York.”
Bob and Mike Bryan have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and are currently ranked No. 6 in the world. The identical twins reached the semifinals of this year’s U.S. Open.
“We love firsts, and the idea of bringing the tour to New York in February is going to be great,” said Mike Bryan. “ATP tennis is back in a big way, and we’re happy to play on Long Island at the Coliseum.”