WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- From the balls, to the courts and the players, it takes a lot to host a world-class tennis tournament for the pros. And Wake Forest University seems to have it.
The Winston-Salem Open is underway this week on the Wake Forest University campus. It's Big Time Tennis, Served Southern Style!
It's the only ATP World Tour event in the world this week. That means all eyes are on Winston-Salem.
According to Tournament Director Bill Oakes, many of the pros consider the Winston-Salem Open a warm-up to the U.S. Open.
A lot of the fans have their eyes on Greensboro native John Isner. Isner is currently ranked No. 14 in the latest ATP World Tour rankings, after being ranked as high as No. 9 earlier this year.
Isner has never lost a match at the Winston-Salem Open.
But according to Oakes, there are other players to watch too, including defending champion Jurgen Melzer, Tommy Robredo, Sam Querrey and Bradley Klahn.
There are also special events planned all week at the Winston-Salem Open.
Military and Uniformed Personnel Appreciation Day is on Monday, August 18. Active and veteran members of the armed forces and uniformed civic personnel and their families will receive a 30 percent discount on tickets to either tennis session.
Ladies Day at the Winston-Salem Open is Thursday, August 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of Deacon Tower at BB&T Field.
For a complete list of special events, schedule of matches or to buy tickets, just visit winstonsalemopen.com.