San Diego Open men’s tennis tournament begins Saturday at Barnes Tennis Center


The San Diego Open begins Saturday at Barnes Tennis Center. It is one of six US ATP 250 tournaments, the lowest tier of the main tour. It’s the second ever in San Diego, following last year’s debut.

Scholarship and points: $612,000, including $93,090 for the champion; 250 ATP ranking points.

When: Qualifying, Saturday-Sunday; Main draw, Monday-Sept. 25. Singles final, 5 p.m., Sept. 25.

Where: Barnes Tennis Center, with bleachers added for 2,000 seats on the center court and 500 on the adjacent court.

Field: 28 singles players; 16 doubles teams.

Top 20 players: From eight last year, there are more this time. Last year’s tournament was a week ahead of the BNP Paribas Indian Wells Open and then rescheduled due to the pandemic. The Indian Wells event returned to its traditional spring schedule this year.

Notable participants: Leading the pack is No. 25 Daniel Evans of Great Britain, followed by No. 50 Jenson Brooksby (Sacramento) and No. 68 Brandon Nakashima (San Diego).

Last year champion: Norwegian Casper Ruud reached the final of the French Open and the US Open this year.

Tournament Twins: This tournament takes place two weeks earlier than last year, after the conclusion of the week-long US Open. This adjustment allows for the addition of a WTA tournament also known as the San Diego Open at Barnes Center, October 8-16.

Generic cards: Japan’s Kei Nishikori, ranked fourth in 2015, has just had hip surgery in his first tournament since October. Another former top 10 player is 38-year-old Fernando Verdasco of Spain, who has played in 67 Grand Slams through 2020. Brandon Holt, the son of former WTA top-ranked player Tracy Austin, is also in the running.

Local angle: Nakashima, 21, once ranked up to 49e, reached the third round of this year’s US Open. Point Loma High alum Keegan Smith is competing in qualifying as part of his return from a fractured skull resulting from a skateboarding accident early last year. He was a three-time All-American at UCLA. And Zachary Svajda, 19, of San Diego, a two-time 18-year-old boys national champion, received a wild card in the main draw.

Qualification : Four players will advance from qualifying to the main draw.

Tickets: Prices range from $20 qualifiers to $60 and up for the final weekend. VIP options are also available.

Car park: $20 in advance online or $25 onsite at South Shores Park near Sea World with shuttle to site. VIP parking only at the tournament site.

Television: Tennis Channel has scheduled live coverage of the final and one of the semi-finals to be determined. Earlier in the week there will be intermittent coverage mixed in from other tournaments around the world.

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Thien is a freelance writer.

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