TOP 10 STARS KEVIN ANDERSON AND JOHN ISNER LEAD 2019 NEW YORK OPEN FIELD AT NYCB LIVE Â
Americans Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Tennys Sandgren, and Ryan Harrison join top-ranked players in the world in international field for ATP Tourâ€™s return to New York area
Tournament week begins on February 9, with the New York Tennis Expo followed by Opening Night and the new Taste of New York Open, featuring International Tennis Hall of Fame members and former world No. 1-ranked players Andy Roddick and Jim Courier and Celebrity Chef David Burke
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (January 7, 2019) â€“ In just a few short weeks, New York and Long Island will once again be transformed into the hub of the tennis universe, as the New York Open returns to the area, bringing with it a full field of top-notch players. Whether itâ€™s the top-ranked players headlining the field of 28 players in the singles draw, or the strong crop of American stars, the 2019 New York Open at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will once again be a hot ticket.
Running Feb. 9-17, the New York Open will bring some of the best tennis players in the world to the greater metropolitan area, with Long Islandâ€™s iconic NYCB LIVE as the stage for it all to unfold.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to welcome a very strong mix of past and present ATP stars to NYCB LIVE for the return of the New York Open,â€ said Josh Ripple, Tournament Chairman and GF Sports EVP. â€œWe think weâ€™ve curated a canâ€™t-miss offering of former No. 1s in singles and doubles, Hall of Famers, a Celebrity Chef, and a strong line-up of American youth and veterans to celebrate the only United States indoor championship on the ATP Tour.â€
Headlining the 28-player main singles draw is the tournamentâ€™s defending champion, Kevin Anderson. The South African â€“ ranked No. 6 in the world â€“ is seeking to once again make his mark on the tournamentâ€™s iconic black courts. Alongside Anderson at the top of the field is the top-ranked American player in the world, John Isner. Ranked No. 10 worldwide, Isner is hoping to take the title to add to an already impressive career resume.
In addition to Anderson and Isner, many of the top-ranked American players in the game will arrive on Long Island eyeing the title. Steve Johnson, behind Isner as the second-highest ranked American menâ€™s singles player, will be part of the strong American presence in the field. The 29-year-old will be eyeing his fifth career title. Sam Querrey, ranked 51st in the world, will be looking for a measure of
revenge upon his return to New York, after finishing runner-up to Anderson at last yearâ€™s event. Â 27-year-old Tennys Sandgren, will be in the field for the first time, along with past Memphis Open winner Ryan Harrison.
Former top-ranked American and the current worldâ€™s No. 2 ranked doubles star Jack Sock has entered and is looking to regain his top singles form. Additionally, Long Island native Noah Rubin, of Merrick N.Y., will play in front of a home crowd for the second straight year.
Joining them will be a cadre of top talent in the tennis world, including one of the gameâ€™s rising stars: Alex de Minaur. The 19-year-old Australian, who is ranked 31st in the world, will be a part of the field in Long Island, and is fresh off of a breakout campaign in 2018, which earned him the ATPâ€™s Newcomer of the Year Award. de Minaur will also compete in doubles with former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in an equally star-studded field.
No. 1 Mike Bryan and No. 6 Bob Bryan (Bryan brothers) â€“ the best doubles team in the sportâ€™s history â€“ will return to the court for the first time in America since Bobâ€™s season-ending hip surgery last season.
This yearâ€™s New York Open will kick off in a big way on Saturday Feb. 9 with the return of the free-to-the-public New York Tennis Expo followed by Opening Night, when a pair of International Tennis Hall of Fame members â€“ and former world No. 1s â€“ will face off in an exhibition match at NYCB LIVE: Andy Roddick and Jim Courier. The two American stars combined for five major titles, 55 ATP Tour singles titles, and nearly $35 million in career earnings during their careers.
The â€œTaste of New York Openâ€ will debut prior to the Courier-Roddick match. The event will host the official ATP Player Party and feature a one-of-a-kind menu created by world-renowned chef, David Burke â€“ a two-time James Beard Foundation winner as â€œBest Chef in New York.â€
Box Seats (front row Boxes are officially sold out) and Individual Tickets for the 2019 New York Open are on sale and can be purchased via either newyorkopen.com/tickets or nycblive.com/events, at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at NYCB LIVE, or by calling 800-745-3000.