The west coast will be prime tennis territory next month.
San Diego will host an ATP 250-level tournament in September the week before the expanded two-week BNP Paribas Open starts in Indian Wells.
The San Diego Open, an ATP 250 tournament, will be played on the hard courts of Barnes Tennis Center September 27th- October 3rd.The Center is located at 4490 West Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA 9210.
The tournamnent will feature a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The event will offer a total of $600,000 in prize money and tournament champions will receive 250 points in the FedEx ATP Rankings.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the Barnes Tennis Center and the San Diego tennis community to come together with the ATP to put on a world-class men’s professional tennis event,” said Youth Tennis San Diego Chief Executive Officer Ryan Redondo, who will serve as San Diego Open tournament director.
According to Redondo, additional seating, including a 2,000-seat Grandstand on Stadium Court, will be built to accommodate spectators at the Barnes Tennis Center.
“With the size of the draw, fans are going to have the opportunity to watch the top players in the world” Redondo said. “We are preparing the venue to host the tournament and the seating on Stadium Court will give fans an intimate setting to watch matches.”
The San Diego Open will be one of ten ATP Tour tournaments to be played in the United States in 2021. In the past, San Diego County has hosted numerous men’s professional tennis events, including exhibitions, Davis Cup ties, World Championship Tennis and ATP Challenger tournaments, but this will mark the first time an ATP Tour level tournament will be played in San Diego.
“We are delighted to welcome the San Diego Open onto the ATP Tour calendar for this year,” ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said. “I would like to thank the organizing team for their commitment to tennis and agility in stepping up to stage this event at short notice. It promises to play an important role in delivering a strong finish to the season for our players and fans.”
Tournament officials will announce ticket information and opportunities for volunteers and ball kids soon.
The Barnes Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. . For additional information, please visit www.barnestenniscenter.com.
Photo credit: Barnes Tennis Center