Pro tennis is set to return to Newport, Rhode Island next month for the Hall of Fame Open, which will feature an exciting player field including 2019 finalist Alexander Bublik, 2018 Champion Steve Johnson, doubles major champion Jack Sock, and a compelling mix of Tour veterans and rising stars. Bublik, currently ranked world No. 39, comes to Newport off a stellar run into the doubles final at the French Open. He tops a strong player field that features five Americans inside the ATP Tour’s top 100, along with a compelling mix of Newport veterans and bright young talent from around the globe.
“The International Tennis Hall of Fame is thrilled to welcome players and fans back to the Hall of Fame Open in 2021,” said Tournament Director Brewer Rowe. “After last year’s hiatus, we are ready to host the kickoff to the summer season of pro tennis in the US and to welcome the ATP Tour back to Newport.
“We are working closely with the ATP Tour and the State of Rhode Island to host the event in a healthy and safe manner for all involved and for our local community. We are looking forward to a great week of tennis and to crowning champions on the historic Hall of Fame grass courts”, stated Rowe, who is marking his first year as Tournament Director.
International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin, who has served as Tournament Director since 2015, is now in the role of Tournament Chairman.
The Hall of Fame Open will be held July 11 – 18, 2021. Hosted directly after Wimbledon, the tournament kicks off the US Open Series, as the first pro event in the United States for the summer season. Tickets are on sale now, including more seats than ever before available in under shaded cover.
Two Wild Cards Awarded, More to Come
Two of the Hall of Fame Open’s wild cards have been awarded to Americans Jack Sock and William Blumberg. Sock has been awarded the first wild card to the main draw, with two more to be announced. NCAA tennis standout Blumberg receives the first of two wild cards into the qualifying rounds.
Sock brings a decorated resume to Newport in his fifth Hall of Fame Open appearance. A three-time major champion in doubles, Sock owns four ATP singles titles and 14 doubles titles. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, having won gold in mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and bronze in doubles with Steve Johnson, both at the 2016 Rio Games. Sock is a two-time Hall of Fame Open semifinalist, reaching the penultimate round in both 2014 and 2015.
“I’m excited to return to the Hall of Fame Open in 2021,” stated Sock. “The International Tennis Hall of Fame is an incredible venue for grass court tennis and it’s always an honor to play in an environment with so much history. I want to thank Tournament Director Brewer Rowe for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see the Newport fans again in July.”
Blumberg, a Greenwich, Conn. native, was a five-year standout at the University of North Carolina. A five-time All-American in both singles and doubles, he is the recipient of several notable Intercollegiate Tennis Association awards, including the 2020 ITA Senior Player of the Year Award.
Bublik is Back
Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who reached the 2019 Hall of Fame Open final in his Newport debut, returns for 2021. A rising star on Tour known for electrifying trick shots, Bublik has seen a breakthrough season so far that includes a 19-14 singles record and a run to the doubles final at the French Open with countryman Andrey Golubev.
Since the 2019 Hall of Fame Open, Bublik has reached the finals of three additional Tour events, including two this year at Antalya and Singapore. He’s also won three out of his last four meetings with top-10 players since 2020, with victories over Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini, and Alexander Zverev.
On Home Soil
The Hall of Fame Open’s main draw features seven Americans, including 2018 champion Steve Johnson. Johnson will make his seventh Hall of Fame Open appearance, and owns four ATP titles in singles, with his most recent title coming in Newport.
Sam Querrey returns to Newport for his seventh appearance, and first since 2015. Skilled on grass, Querrey has consistently competed alongside tennis’ best throughout his career, with victories over Novak Djokovic (2016) and Andy Murray (2017) at Wimbledon.
Additional American players making return appearances in Newport include Tennys Sandgren, currently ranked No. 68 in the world and winner of an ATP title in Auckland in 2019.
Seven-time Hall of Fame Open competitor Denis Kudla enters the draw after reaching two ATP Challenger finals so far this year, including Orlando in April and on grass at Nottingham in June.
Japan’s top-ranked player, Yoshihito Nishioka, will make his Hall of Fame Open debut. Nishioka has reached the quarterfinals of three events so far this year - Parma, Lyon, and Singapore – and earned the 2018 title in Shenzhen.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil, winner of the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title with Jack Sock, returns to Newport for the third time. His resume includes a career-high ranking of No. 25, and a win over world No. 1 Andy Murray at Indian Wells.
Tickets & Info Plus, seats in the shade now available!
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Open are on sale now. Shaded East and West Box seats remain available for all days of tennis action.
Enshrinement Weekend ticket packages that include both the International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as well as celebratory dinners and special events are also available.
New this year, the ticket for the Induction Ceremony is a separate ticket from the Hall of Fame Open tickets. The Induction Ceremony will not be held on the Stadium Court, but will instead take place on the Front Lawn Courts. However, fans who are attending the Hall of Fame Open are welcome to stay on property and watch the ceremony on the videoboard in the Stadium, if they prefer not to purchase a ticket for a seat in the Front Lawn Court area. Induction Ceremony tickets are $40.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is working closely with the State of Rhode Island and the ATP Tour, and will abide by all health and safety protocols put in place by those institutions. Fans may be subject to certain health protocols that could include temperature checks, mask-wearing, and social distancing. It is anticipated that health and safety policies will continue to evolve until closer to the event. Details will continue to be updated on HallofFameOpen.com as the event draws closer.