SMU Tennis Standout Caleb Chakravarthi Offered Main Draw Singles Wildcard


Individual Tickets on Sale Today for February 6 – 13

at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU


DALLAS (December 7, 2021) – The Dallas Open, to be held February 6 – 13, 2022 at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU, announced the names of the first tennis stars who have committed to the inaugural tournament. Former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov and American stars John Isner and Reilly Opelka will highlight the event, which marks the return of ATP Tour level tennis to Dallas for the first time in more than 30 years. Individual tickets for the tournament go on sale today. Visit www.dallasopen.com for more information.


“The reception the Dallas Open has received from the community thus far has been incredible. We are thrilled to have Grigor, John and Reilly lead our player field, and hope to make additional announcements on player commitments in the coming weeks,” said Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director, Dallas Open. “After quickly selling out of our VIP Boxes and Forty-Love Suite, we are excited to now have individual tickets on sale for fans who want to be a part of the inaugural tournament.”


SMU Men’s Tennis standout Caleb Chakravarthi has been offered a singles main draw wildcard and will play on Tuesday, February 7 headlining the Dallas Open’s “College Night.” The SMU senior is a two-time captain and the reigning Islander Invite singles and doubles champion. While this will be his first time playing at the ATP Tour level, he has previously competed at the Challenger and Futures levels.


Added Lebedevs: “As part of GF Sports & Entertainment’s commitment to growing the game of tennis and supporting the next generation of American players, we are excited to have Caleb headline our College Night and showcase his talent on a professional stage.”


Dimitrov (World No. 28) is the only Bulgarian champion in ATP Tour history, winning eight titles to date, including the 2017 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati. He achieved his career-high No. 3 ranking in 2017 after becoming the first debutant to go 5-0 at Nitto ATP Finals since John McEnroe in 1978. The 6’3” Monte Carlo, Monaco resident surpassed 300 career wins in 2019 and has advanced to Grand Slam semifinals at the 2014 Wimbledon, 2017 Australian Open and 2019 US Open.


Isner (World No. 24), a Dallas, Texas resident, has been the top ranked American player in eight of the last 10 years and in the Top 25 for 12 consecutive years, including No. 10 in 2018. A 6’10” righty known for his big serve, Isner has won 16 ATP Tour titles during his career, including six at Atlanta, four at Newport and two at Winston-Salem, all tournament records. Away from the court, Isner is serving as host for the inaugural Dallas Open, and The Isner Family Foundation, established by Isner and his family, will serve as a non-profit partner for the event.


The 6’11” Opelka (World No. 26) has been a fixture in the ATP top-50 since mid 2019 and achieved career-high No. 19 after advancing to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the 2021 US Open. The biggest win of Opelka’s career came earlier this year when he defeated No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 final. Opelka, a Delray Beach, Florida resident, won his first ATP Tour title at the 2019 New York Open before the tournament moved to Dallas.


GF Sports & Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment events and operations company and owners of the Dallas Open, announced in May 2021 that it was bringing the ATP 250 men’s tennis tournament to Dallas. The tournament will feature over 60 world-class ATP Tour professionals and be televised worldwide to more than 100 countries. It will be the only ATP Tour indoor championship in the United States, and one of only 10 total states-side events.


The 2022 Dallas Open will adhere to all CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe experience throughout the venue. Fans can visit www.dallasopen.com to learn more about the tournament, and follow @DALOpenTennis on social media for all future updates.


About The Dallas Open

The Dallas Open is an ATP Tour 250 men’s tournament that will make its debut in Dallas on February 6 – 13, 2022 at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU. It will be the only ATP Tour indoor championship in the United States, and features men’s top world tennis players in singles and doubles competition. 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.


About GF Sports & Entertainment

GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events. The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Truist Atlanta Open, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breeds® touring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.


GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit www.gfsportsandentertainment.com.


About The ATP

As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.


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Stacey Escudero

GF Sports & Entertainment

stacey@se-communications.com / 917-572-2534