Written By Winston-Salem Open
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Three top-ranked players have committed to the 2013 Winston-Salem Open, which will be held August 18-24, 2013 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. Triad native John Isner, winner of the 2011 and 2012 Winston-Salem Opens, will return for a third year to defend his title.
Isner will be joined by fellow competitors Tommy Haas and Sam Querrey.
"We are extremely pleased that John, Tommy and Sam have signed on as the first players who will compete at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex this August," Winston-Salem Open director Bill Oakes said. "Last year's tournament featured 25 of the world's top 50 players, and we anticipate announcing another blockbuster group of competitors during the next couple months that I'm sure our growing base of local tennis fans will want to see."
A graduate of Greensboro's Page High School and four-time All American at the University of Georgia, Isner is the two-time defending champion of the Winston-Salem Open and has never lost a match at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. The 28-year-old local favorite beat Tomas Berdych in the finals last year, after winning the inaugural Winston-Salem Open in 2011 by beating Julien Benneteau in the finals. The 6-foot-9 Isner boasts perhaps the most-powerful serve on the ATP World Tour and has led the tour in aces in two of the past three years. He reached a career-high No. 9 in April of 2012 and is currently ranked No. 21, no thanks to a knee injury in January that forced him to miss the Australian Open and the following four weeks. He won the sixth ATP World Tour title of his career in April when he won at Houston and recently advanced to the third round at the French Open before losing a five-set heartbreaker to Haas.
Haas has been arguably the most compelling success story on the ATP World Tour this year. At age 35, he has climbed all the way to No. 14 in the rankings and is currently still alive in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where he is the oldest player remaining in the draw. He pulled out a five-set marathon against Isner in the third round. Haas won the 14th ATP World Tour title of his career in Munich in April, and also has reached the finals at San Jose and the semifinals at Miami this year. Once ranked as high as No. 2 in 2002, Haas has battled through five major surgeries and has twice won the ATP World Tour's "Comeback Player of the Year" award, including last year. His best year came in 2001, when he won four titles.
The 6-foot-6 Querrey is currently the highest-ranked American player at No. 20, and he has been ranked as high as No. 17. He has seven career ATP World Tour titles, including three in Los Angeles. Querrey won four titles in 2010 and won the US Open Series in 2009. He missed the inaugural Winston-Salem Open in 2011 while on the mend from elbow surgery but had an impressive showing last year, reaching the semifinals before losing to Tomas Berdych. Querrey's best finishes this year have been trips to the semifinals in Auckland and San Jose.