WILDCARDS TO SMU PLAYERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2022 DALLAS OPEN ANNOUNCES MAIN DRAW DOUBLES WILDCARD TO SMU PLAYERS ADAM NEFF AND IVAN THAMMA
SMU Sophomore Standout Liam Krall Offered Qualifying Singles Wildcard
Individual Tickets on Sale for February 6 – 13
at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU
DALLAS (Jan 25th, 2021) – The Dallas Open, to be held February 6 – 13, 2022 at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU, offers the SMU Men’s #1 doubles team of Adam Neff, Bradenton Florida and Ivan Thamma, San Diego California a doubles main draw wildcard to compete against the best players in the world. The team, fresh off a win this past weekend in the dual match against Texas Tech look to be playing some top tennis.
“These young players have been working hard and producing some great results for the team and will be a strong addition to the field at the inaugural Dallas Open” said Peter Lebedevs, Tournament Director, Dallas Open. “This opportunity will provide them with the confidence to have an outstanding season for the Mustangs”
SMU Sophomore standout Liam Krall was offered a qualifying wildcard for the Dallas Open and will play on Sunday, February 6. Krall, American Athletic Conference Freshman of the year in 2021 will be headlining the matches for the first session of the Dallas Open.
Added Lebedevs: “Continuing GF Sports & Entertainment’s commitment to growing the game of tennis and supporting the next generation of American players, we are excited to have Adam, Ivan and Liam compete on the professional stage and provide them the confidence and inspiration to continue their tennis careers”
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 2021 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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