New York Open, Nassau Coliseum, Feb. 11-18
Players to Watch
John Isner: Isner, currently ranked 18th, often has been the highest-ranked American male player for several years. He’s won 12 titles, but is most widely known for playing the longest match in history. He defeated Nicolas Mahut, 70-68, in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, the match taking 11 hours and five minutes over three days.
Sam Querrey: Querrey, currently ranked 12th, is coming off one of his best years. He won two singles titles and reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. He and Isner were singles winners in the recent U.S. victory over Serbia in the first round of the Davis Cup.
Kei Nishikori: Nishikori, currently ranked 27th, has been a top-10 player over the past four seasons before a wrist injury curtailed his progress and forced him to miss last year’s U.S. Open. He also skipped the recent Australian Open, edging his way back into competition at Challenger events, and he just won one in Dallas.
Kevin Anderson: The South African, currently ranked 11th, has won three career titles. He is coming of a strong season in which he did not win but reached his first Grand Slam final, losing to Rafael Nadal at the U.S Open.
Noah Rubin: Merrick’s Rubin has been given a wild card into the New York Open. He was the 2014 junior Wimbledon and U.S. junior champion and spent one year at Wake Forest, where he lost in the NCAA final. Injuries have hampered him, but he won a Challenger event in New Caledonia at the beginning of the season.
Bryan brothers: Bob and Mike Bryan are the most successful doubles team of all time and are often given credit for keeping doubles a part of professional tournaments. They have won 114 doubles titles, including 16 Grand Slams, and have been runners-up in Grand Slams 14 times.
Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Draw (28 singles, 16 doubles), opening night premiere exhibition matches
Feb. 12-17: 1 p.m day sessions, 7:30 p.m night sessions
Feb. 18, 1 p.m.: Championship final
Opening night premiere features matches between U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard, and between John McEnroe and James Blake. They also will combine to play mixed doubles.
This is the first ATP Tour event to be played on Long Island since a tournament generally known as the Hamlet Cup ceased operations after the 2004 event.
The event was previously known as the Memphis Open and had begun in San Francisco in 1990 before moving to San Jose then to Memphis.
The two hardcourts will be black, the first time black courts have been used at an ATP event.
A 25 percent donation from ticket sales to the opening night premiere and Tuesday’s night session will be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets much be purchased on the website at Newyorkopen.com.