NEWPORT, R.I., April 4, 2013 - No. 1 American Sam Querrey and rising American star Jack Sock will join fellow top Americans John Isner and Ryan Harrison in the player field for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, to be played on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, July 8 – 14. Hosted right after Wimbledon, the tournament kicks off the United States summer swing for the ATP World Tour.
“Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, John Isner, and Ryan Harrison are all fan favorites in Newport- and rightfully so. They always deliver exciting tennis, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Newport for a great tournament, ” said Tournament Director Mark Stenning. “Having four of the top American players in our field is a great way to kick off the American summer swing of the ATP World Tour.”
Sam Querrey is currently ranked No. 20 on the Emirates ATP World Tour rankings. As the No. 1 American player he will lead the United States team in Davis Cup action this weekend when they take on Serbia in the second round. In February, Querrey led the team to victory over Brazil (3-2) in a dramatic first round, when he defeated Thomaz Bellucci in 3 sets and Thiago Alves in 4 sets in the deciding rubber. This season Querrey has had two semifinal results- at Auckland and San Jose, and he was in the Round of 16 at both Indian Wells and Miami. Querrey is a seven-time singles champion on the ATP World Tour and he has also won four doubles titles. Since 2008, Querrey has won at least one singles or doubles title every year. This will be Querrey’s fourth appearance in Newport, where he was a finalist in 2009.
Rising American star Jack Sock, currently world No. 121, returns to Newport for the second year in a row. He advanced to the second round at Newport last year, in what was his first grass court tournament ever. Earlier this year, Sock captured his first ATP World Tour title, winning the doubles title with James Blake at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. The week prior, the pair advanced to the finals at Memphis, falling to the Bryan Brothers. In singles action, Sock was a quarterfinalist at Memphis this year. Last year, in his first full season on the ATP World Tour, Sock jumped from world No. 380 at the start of the season to close the year at No. 150 in the ATP World Tour rankings. In 2011, Sock caught the attention of tennis fans worldwide when he won the US Open Mixed Doubles title with Melanie Oudin.
Complementing a full week of exciting ATP World Tour tennis, special events during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships include junior tennis clinics, a pro am with the ATP World Tour pros, family activities, and more. Complete event details are available on the tournament website.
A highlight of the week is always the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, when the highest honor in the sport of tennis is presented to great champions and leaders in the sport. Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis will be enshrined this year, along with Australian tennis great Thelma Coyne Long, and longtime tennis industry leaders Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 13, just prior to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.