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San Diego Open ATP 250 — Men's Professional Tennis Tournament
Men’s professional tennis is coming back to San Diego. Tournament officials have announced that the 2022 San Diego Open ATP 250 tournament will be played September 17-25 at the Barnes Tennis Center .
After last year’s highly-attended inaugural tournament, which had sold-out crowds for the final four days of the event, Tournament Director Ryan Redondo and tournament partner Southern California Tennis Association Foundation , worked with the ATP to bring the tournament back to San Diego in 2022.
“It feels great to bring the San Diego Open ATP 250 back to Barnes Tennis Center and give sports fans the opportunity to watch men’s professional tennis at its highest level,” said Redondo, who also serves as CEO and General Manager of Youth Tennis San Diego / Barnes Tennis Center.
“With our men’s ATP Tour 250 tournament taking place in September and the women’s WTA Tour 500 event scheduled for October 8-16, it is unprecedented. Never before in the history of San Diego sports has something like this been accomplished,” Redondo added.
The 2022 San Diego Open ATP 250 tournament will feature a 28-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The event offers a total of $612,000 in prize money and tournament champions will receive 250 Pepperstone ATP ranking points.
The City of San Diego will become the fifth city in the United States to host ATP Tour and WTA Tour tournaments in 2022, joining Indian Wells, Calif., Miami, Cincinnati and Washington.
Andrea Gaudenzi , ATP Chairman, said: “As a global sport we continue to manage the impacts of the pandemic. Event cancellations are an unfortunate reality, and we wish our affected tournament members and fans well. At the same time, it’s incredibly encouraging to have many great cities like San Diego step up to host ATP Tour tennis this season.
“This shows the strong international interest in our product and validates the agile approach we’ve taken in responding to fast-changing circumstances. We would like to thank all stakeholders involved in this process and look forward to an exciting second half of the season.”
Main draw matches will begin Monday, September 19. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, September 25 with the singles and doubles championships. There will also be a 16-player qualifying draw with qualifying rounds scheduled on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. Four qualifiers will advance to the main draw.
“The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation is proud to bring the ATP Tour to San Diego this September. It will complement the San Diego Open WTA 500 event in October and provide inspiration for the youth of San Diego,” said Linda Milan, SCTA Foundation Executive Director.
“The Foundation's mission is to provide equal tennis opportunities to young players, regardless of age, gender, ability or economic background. Having professional tennis players from all over the world competing in San Diego demonstrates this and will fuel our kids' desire to succeed,” Milan said.
Casper Ruud of Norway captured the men’s singles title at last year’s inaugural San Diego Open ATP 250 with an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory over Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. In the men’s doubles championship, Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain scored a thrilling 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-5 victory over Filip Polasek of Slovakia and John Peers of Australia.
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Three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur and Cincinnati champion Coco Gauff will participate in this year's Cymbiotika San Diego Open, a WTA 500 event starting on September 11.
World No.5 Jabeur claimed her fourth career title in Charleston this April, and will be bidding to capture her first Hologic WTA Tour trophy on hard courts. The Tunisian was Wimbledon runner-up in 2022 and 2023, and at the US Open in 2022.
World No.6 Gauff has gone on a tear on home soil this summer, winning her maiden WTA 500 and WTA 1000 titles in Washington and Cincinnati respectively to take her career total to five. Gauff, 19, is the highest-ranked teenager in the world, and reached her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros 2022.
Five major champions are also in the San Diego field. Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka and 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko are both on the main-draw entry list; Azarenka was runner-up at this event to Samantha Stosur when it was held in Carlsbad in 2013. Meanwhile, 2017 US Open titlist Sloane Stephens, 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin are all on the qualifying entry list.
Top 10 players Caroline Garcia and Maria Sakkari, Grand Slam finalists Madison Keys and Karolina Pliskova, and last year's runner-up Donna Vekic have all also entered the main draw, along with Belinda Bencic, Veronika Kudermetova and Beatriz Haddad Maia. World No.1 Iga Swiatek has opted not to defend her title.
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Can too many tennis ball changes cause injuries? Players think so. The tours are checking
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In the run-up to the Australian Open , defending champion Novak Djokovic’s right wrist was sore — hardly ideal for a tennis player who swings his racket primarily with that arm.
Cam Norrie, the tournament’s 19th-seeded man, has been dealing with wrist pain, too. As has Brenda Fruhvirtova , one of a trio of 16-year-olds who reached the second round of the women’s bracket at Melbourne Park .
Djokovic, Norrie and Fruhvirtova were not prepared to blame the ever-changing types of tennis balls used year-round at the sport’s highest levels, but they weren’t necessarily ready to absolve that issue completely, either. For a while now, some players have wondered aloud whether their wrists, elbows, shoulders and other body parts involved in propelling rackets to strike shots at speeds regularly topping 100 mph (150 kph) are at greater risk because of a constant need to adjust to projectiles that are heavier or lighter, slower or speedier, fluffier or more consistent than the ones they were hitting a week or two or three earlier.
The WTA and ATP professional tours are finally ready to look into the matter, announcing right before this week’s start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament they are conducting “a strategic review” of tennis balls, although they don’t envision any changes before 2025.
“I hope they can figure it out. Seems pretty far away,” 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic said. “It seems like they’re kind of kicking the can down the road.”
Taylor Fritz , a 26-year-old from California who was the highest-seeded American man in Melbourne at No. 12, is among those harboring concerns. He said when the ATP asks male players at the end of each season what they think can be improved about the sport, he always mentions the fluctuations among the fuzzy tennis balls.
“When I was younger ... (I) didn’t get injured too easily. I’ve been really feeling it,” Fritz said.
“It’s not so much like the specific ball that injures us. In some cases it is. But it’s more just: You get used to one, and then when you change to something that’s a bit heavier, your wrist or your elbow or whatever is taking the force,” he explained. “Everyone is different. Everyone hits the ball different — grips, all that stuff. Whatever is taking the force is now not trained to take that. It’s been trained to take maybe a lighter ball. So it’s just all the switching; it causes problems.”
According to the WTA, most injuries on its tour over the past four years are to the foot (17%) or thigh (13%). Wrist or shoulder injuries follow and account for a combined 18.5%.
Ten brands of tennis balls — and 19 distinct types — were used across the WTA in 2023. A similar number of brands popped up around the ATP.
Imagine the NBA using that many kinds of basketballs ... or the NHL using that many kinds of pucks ... or the NFL using that many kinds of footballs ... or Major League Baseball using that many kinds of baseballs during one of their seasons ... or FIFA using that many kinds of soccer balls during one World Cup. They don’t, of course; each sticks to one brand.
“I just try and play with what I’m given,” British tennis player Katie Boulter said. “It does change week by week.”
One significant difference between tennis and some other sports is that surfaces change, prompting ball changes. The Australian Open is contested on hard courts, the U.S. Open is on another sort of hard courts, the French Open is on clay, Wimbledon is on grass.
Some players, such as two-time major champion Carlos Alcaraz, want consistency within each portion of the season, but right now each tournament chooses its own ball supplier or sponsor. Money, as is often the case in the world of sports, talks.
Fritz and Alcaraz noted that events during the lead-in to last year’s U.S. Open went with four different balls in a four-week span.
Fritz and others, such as two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, pointed to one possible compromise: a universal ball that would vary its branding from week to week.
“If you ask me, ‘Oh, should we change the balls?’ Yeah, absolutely,” Azarenka said. “We should have similar consistency.”
AP Sports Writers John Pye in Melbourne, Australia, and Andrew Dampf in Turin, Italy, contributed.
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Chris Naegel and Chad Hambright shared medalist honors at 7-under 65, with Adam Long and Alex Chiarella a stroke back at 6-under 66. Four players missed by a stroke at 5-under 67; no playoff was required.
With the Farmers Insurance Open featuring a Wednesday start and Saturday finish, the four qualifiers won't have the luxury of practice rounds at Torrey Pines (with the first two rounds contested across Torrey's North and South courses, before the final two rounds are played at Torrey South). But they have a chance, and they won't trade it.
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