Kei Nishikori, Taylor Fritz to play inaugural Dallas Open

Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori and world No. 23 Taylor Fritz have committed to play the inaugural Dallas Open, the tournament announced on Monday. 

The inaugural Dallas Open is scheduled to take place in early February and Fritz and Nishikori will be contending for the title at the tournament’s inaugural edition. 

“Taylor and Kei are incredible additions to our player field and I can’t wait to see them in Dallas in February,” Dallas tournament director Peter Lebedevs said in a statement released, per the tournament’s website. “With Taylor, John and Reilly, we are excited to now have the current top three American players committed. Kei and Grigor are each the best players in the history of their respective home countries and will bring an international spotlight to the Dallas Open. The excitement is building and tickets are limited, fans that are interested should get tickets now before they sell out.”

Nishikori, Fritz join a star-studded player field 

Previously, the Dallas organizers confirmed Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner and Reilly Opelka for the event. 

“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,” Lebedevs said. “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.”

Isner is the player most excited about playing in Dallas since he will be playing in his hometown.

“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,” said Isner when it was announced Dallas would be getting an ATP event.

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