John Isner highlights Winston-Salem Open playing field

wrupard@newsobserver.comJuly 11, 2013 

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The Winston-Salem Open again will host a heavy-hitting field.

Two-time defending champion John Isner highlights a field where 39 players scheduled to compete in the 48-player draw are ranked in the top-75 in the world, according to the ATP. Nine players have been ranked in the top 10 during their career.

“Other than the U.S. Open and the top-tier ATP Masters tournaments, the Winston-Salem Open offers greater playing field depth than probably any other men’s professional tournament in America this year,” tournament director Bill Oakes said in a release Wednesday announcing the field.

Isner, a Greensboro native who rose as high as No. 9, beat Tomas Berdych in the final last year and won the 2011 event by defeating Julien Benneteau.

World No. 11 Tommy Haas is the highest-ranked player in the field. Haas, who reached No. 2 in 2002, has revived his career at age 35. He outlasted Isner in five sets at the French Open before falling to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Five of Haas’ past seven tour defeats have come against top 5 players Djokovic, Roger Federer or David Ferrer.

Gael Monfils and James Blake also are part of the field. Nine spots are reserved for wild cards and qualifiers.

An additional 16 doubles team will be announced closer to the tournament.

This is the third consecutive year Winston-Salem will host the tournament. This year’s event will be held Aug. 18-24 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

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