The New York Open made its debut on Long Island February 11-18, 2018 at the newly renovated state-of-the-art NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This ATP World Tour 250 Series event is one of only 10 United States men’s professional tennis tournaments held on tour today, and the sole indoor championship in the country. Twenty eight of tennis’ most talented singles athletes and 16 of the best doubles teams compete for over $700,000 in prize money.
While the New York Open played to its new fans on Long Island and surrounding communities in the tri-sate area for the first time in 2018, the history of this important ATP membership dates back to the conception and commencement of the ATP itself. Originally located in San Francisco, CA, in 1990, the tournament relocated twice over the last 28 years, first to San Jose, CA, and then to Memphis, TN. Its champions read like a Who’s Who of professional tennis, including legends such as John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, and Andy Murray, and a new generation of stars like Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and Ryan Harrison.
In 2015, GF Sports, LLC, a newly created integrated event content company formed by the New York-based financial management company GF Capital Private Equity Fund acquired the ATP Tour membership from the USTA—the national governing body for tennis in the United States. GF Sports produced two editions of the Memphis Open in 2016 and 2017 before approaching Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, one of the world’s most successful entertainment content companies and major arena operators. Its diverse portfolio of venues and properties, which includes Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders business operations, the Long Island Nets, Webster Hall, and the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In March of 2017, GF Sports and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment agreed it was time to return the ATP World Tour back to New York, and with that decision, the New York Open was created.