ATP 250 DELL HALL OF FAME OPEN; BIDDING FAREWELL TO GRASS FAR AWAY FROM EUROPE
The Dell Open is the only pro tournament in the North of America that is played on grass and marks the end of the season on grass, while announcing the run to the US Open.
What is now the US Open started out in Newport, making the venue a special one for those who know their tennis history.
The Tour now sets its sights on the US Open and the first taste of American soil will be at the Dell Hall of Fame Open. It’ll also be the last chance for some players to get a taste of grass or bid farewell to it and what better way to that than with a trophy and 250 points?
Defending champion John Isner is (if he hasn’t already) earning a reputation for epic grand slam matches that last longer than a season of Game of Thrones, his latest run in coming in the Wimbledon semis, where he faced South-Africa’s in-form legend slayer (took out Federer in the quarterfinals), Kevin Anderson, for over Six hours before losing 26-24 in the final set. Isner holds the record for the longest match in tennis history when he faced Nicolas Mahut of France in the first round of 2010’s Wimbledon, that match lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Isner as a result, will almost certainly not be able to defend his title in Newport, but we’ll see the return of two former winners of the tournament, in none other than Isner’s partner in long match crime, Nicolas Mahut, and the big Croat, Ivo Karlovic.
Karlovic will be turning 40 when next he blows on his candles and will be making his eighth appearance in Newport.
France’s Nicolas Mahut is no longer the man who went 11 hours with John Isner, but he has won here before and will be looking to use that champion aura to push his chances here, it will be his 10th appearance in Newport.
Mischa Zverev had to wait more than ten years on the tour to win his maiden title, and with his injuries woes behind him, we wish to see more of the 30-year old serve and volley specialist.
Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will most likely be the top seed for this tournament and will look to confirm that with a run to the finals and possible victory. He is another 30-year old still looking for his maiden title on the tour.
The other players at this year’s tournament will be Ebden, Donald Young, Marcos Baghdatis, Gilles Muller, and Lukas Lacko.