Dallas (May 19, 2021) —
GF Sports & Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment events and operations company is bringing an ATP 250 men’s tennis tournament to the new, top-tier Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU in Dallas, beginning in 2022.
The inaugural Dallas Open is scheduled for February 6–13, 2022, and will feature over 60 world-class ATP Tour professionals and be televised worldwide to more than 100 countries. It will be one of only 10 ATP Tour events in the United States, and the only indoor championship.
The tournament, previously held as the New York Open, is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP Tour. Its rich history features some of the top names in tennis, including legends John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang and Andy Murray, and a current generation of stars like Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Reilly Opelka.
“GF Sports & Entertainment is proud to bring the Dallas Open, an elite ATP Tour tournament, to the premier Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex in Dallas beginning in 2022,” said Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director, Dallas Open. “The Dallas Open will shine a global spotlight on the city and be much more than a one-week tennis tournament. In addition to entertainment programming and unique experiential opportunities throughout the tournament, our partnership with SMU and commitment to the community will be year-round and include business, community and tennis initiatives and events. Thank you to the City of Dallas, our partners at SMU and the ATP for the incredible support during this process to help us bring this world-class tennis event to a world-class city.”
Added John Isner, 15-Time ATP Tour Champion and Dallas Resident, “I am excited to have an ATP Tour event in my home city and to show off Dallas to the other players on the tour. The Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex is a premier venue, the players are really going to enjoy playing there in front of a knowledgeable tennis crowd. I am also proud to have the Isner Family Foundation be one of the non-profit partners for the Dallas Open, and looking forward to the positive impact the event will have on the local community.”
The Dallas Open marks the return of ATP Tour level tennis to Dallas for the first time since 1989. The World Championship of Tennis Finals were held in Dallas from 1971-89. The tournament was held at SMU’s Moody Coliseum for nine years from 1971-79 before moving to Reunion Arena in 1980 until the final year in 1989.
“The Dallas Sports Commission is incredibly proud to partner with GF Sports & Entertainment and ATP to launch the 2022 Dallas Open,” said Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission. “We are excited to host world-class play at the premier Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex, as the tournament grows roots in Texas and provides fresh opportunities for players and fans.”
The Dallas Open will serve as the ultimate entertainment experience for tennis enthusiasts and sports fans in the region. The week-long Dallas Open tournament will showcase top men’s singles and doubles talent as well as highlight local youth and collegiate tennis teams as part of GF Sports & Entertainment’s commitment to growing the sport and building up the next generation of players. The event will also provide unique interactive opportunities for the business community, with customized platforms for corporate brands to engage with attendees and the community in a meaningful way and entertain with up close hospitality experiences.
The Dallas Open and GF Sports & Entertainment will have a year-round presence in Dallas, including community events and initiatives, partnerships with local business and tennis organizations, as well as support for local youth athletics. The Isner Family Foundation, which supports Dallas-Fort Worth Area hospitals in providing world-class cancer treatment, will be one of non-profit partners for the event.
The ticket waitlist for the Dallas Open is now open. Fans can visit www.dallasopen.com to join the priority waitlist, and follow the event on social media @DALOpenTennis for all future updates.