The eyes of the professional tennis world will once again turn to New York next month as the New York Open returns for a memorable run at the Nassau Coliseum. With a field full of top players in the sport, including the no. 6-ranked player in the world and defending champion, Kevin Anderson, top-ranked American and no. 10-ranked player in the world, John Isner. The ATP Tour’s only United States indoor championship event promises to once again be one of the most-talked about weeks on the New York sports calendar.
The 2019 New York Open will be contested at NYCB LIVE—home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum—from Feb. 9 through 17. The full ATP Tour field of 28 singles players and 16 doubles teams will include top-ranked ATP players like Anderson and Isner, 2018 finalist Sam Querrey, as well as ATP Newcomer of the Year, Alex de Minaur, and Long Island native, Noah Rubin (no. 131).
On the doubles side, no. 1 ATP-ranked doubles player Mike Bryan is reuniting with his brother Bob, the no. 6-ranked player, bringing the sport’s greatest doubles team to the New York area. Second-ranked ATP doubles star, American Jack Sock, will also be in the field, plus de Minaur, who is also playing doubles with the world’s former no. 1 and multiple Grand Slam champion, Lleyton Hewitt. Both Sock and de Minaur will compete in the singles field as well.
“The team has done a great job securing several of the world’s top-10 players in singles and doubles and attracting legends who will also play in the main doubles competition,” said Josh Ripple, tournament chairman and co-tournament director of the New York Open. “Quite frankly, there’s nothing like a major, world-class sporting event in New York, and we think the play on the on-court will surpass what was an exceptional competition in 2018. The New York area tennis community was very supportive when we moved the event here last year from Memphis, and we’re looking forward to presenting even greater value to fans and sponsors in 2019.”
This year’s New York Open will kick off in a big way on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. when the New York Tennis Expo returns. More than 4,000 fans attended last year’s free mini-tennis festival, which showcases tennis, sports and recreational exhibitors, sports symposiums, the New York Open Official Draw Ceremony, and a chance for spectators to see first hand the tournament’s signature black courts as well as practice sessions featuring ATP pros.
Later in the evening will be the New York Open’s second annual opening night. This year’s edition showcases a new tennis and culinary platform called the Taste of New York Open—a mash-up event of ATP tennis stars and celebrity chef David Burke, a two-time James Beard Foundation winner as “Best Chef in New York” who will demonstrate his culinary talents alongside co-hosts and Hall of Famers Andy Roddick and Jim Courier. Additionally, Burke will curate immersive VIP culinary experiences for tournament week throughout the venue, including general concessions, as well as hospitality areas.
The 6 p.m. Taste of New York Open event will have upwards of 250 tickets available for purchase to the public. Following, Roddick and Courier will take to the black courts to face off in an exhibition match. Two of the most accomplished stars in American tennis history, Roddick and Courier combined for five Grand Slam titles, 55 ATP Tour singles titles, and nearly $35 million in career earnings during their careers.
In addition to the New York Tennis Expo, Opening Night and the Taste of New York Open to start the week, there will be a number of other events. The Wolf Pack Ninja Tour, featuring many of the world’s elite ninjas, will be set up for the entire tournament run in the Exhibition Hall, adjacent to the Coliseum. Other platforms such as College Night Tuesday will celebrate one of the New York area’s top men’s college players playing in the main draw. Jack Lin, of Columbia University won the first annual New York Open Collegiate Wildcard Tournament, and he will now have a berth to play on the black courts with the pros.
As part of Wolf Pack Ninja’s involvement at the New York Open, there will be demonstrations, clinics, meet-and-greets and autograph sessions, with nationally-known ninjas. Fans will have the chance to see what Wolf Pack Ninja is all about—including free programming for fans that purchase a tennis ticket.
“Between the tennis, the culinary events, and having the Wolf Pack Ninjas on site, the New York Open is going to be a hot ticket this February,” said Peter Lebedevs, co-tournament director of the New York Open. “We’re excited to once again offer fans top-notch tennis, as well as a quality experience.”
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 at NYCB LIVE, or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.newyorkopen.com or nycblive.com, and follow on Twitter (@NewYorkOpen), Facebook (New York Open tennis) and Instagram (@nyopentennis).