WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– American Steve Johnson is the second player who has committed to the 2017 Winston-Salem Open. He joins John Isner, who was announced in April as the first player to commit to the tournament. Tickets are now on sale to the Winston-Salem Open online and at the box office at Bridger Field House at Wake Forest’s BB&T Field.
“Steve has been a huge and very vocal supporter of the Winston-Salem Open, and we’re thrilled to have him back this year as part of the field of competitors,” tournament director Bill Oakes said. “Like John Isner, Steve is a crowd favorite in Winston-Salem. This will mark the fifth year that he has competed in our tournament and is sure to be another key player to watch.”
Johnson is currently ranked No. 26, after reaching as high as No. 21 last summer when he had a stint as the top-ranked American player. The 27-year-old Californian has been playing with a heavy heart lately after the unexpected death of his father last month.
He owns two career ATP World Tour titles, the first coming at Nottingham last year and then at Houston earlier this year. Johnson is the top college player in NCAA history. He won NCAA singles titles in 2011 and 2012 and ended his career on a 72-match winning streak. Johnson also became the first player in history to be part of four NCAA team titles while at Southern Cal.
Johnson’s best finish in the Winston-Salem Open was a trip to the semifinals in 2015, when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga along the way. He has also made it to the round of 16 twice, including last year.
The 2017 Winston-Salem Open will be held August 19-26, 2017 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.