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John Isner and Alexander Bublik Headline Player Field

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

Four-time Infosys Hall of Fame Open singles champion and world No. 26 John Isner returns to Newport, Rhode Island next month to headline the tournament’s 2022 player field. Alongside world No. 37 Alexander Bublik, Isner tops a deep list of global talent that includes 18 players ranked within the Pepperstone ATP Tour’s top-100. Included in a compelling list of veteran players are Spain’s Fernando Verdasco alongside familiar Newport faces like 2018 Champion Steve Johnson, France’s Adrian Mannarino and Australia’s Jordan Thompson.

“We can’t wait to see fans and players alike here at the International Tennis Hall of Fame for the Infosys Hall of Fame Open this July,” commented Tournament Director Brewer Rowe. “After a limited schedule last year, we’re excited to bring back a full slate of programming for fans to enjoy, and introduce several new initiatives. Our new entrance on Memorial Boulevard will be the center of activity with plenty for fans to experience.”

Star Power

Isner, currently the third-highest ranked American, is set to make his 10th career appearance in Newport and first since 2019. With a resume of over 13,000 career aces and 16 ATP Tour singles titles, the American is seeking to become the first five-time Infosys Hall of Fame champion. He captured his first Newport title in doubles in 2008, and later went on to win the Van Alen Cup in 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2019. A singles finalist on tour already in 2022, Isner advanced to the championship match in Houston in April and owns two doubles titles this year, having won back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 titles at Indian Wells and Miami.

Kazakhstan’s Bublik will make his third-consecutive appearance at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open, where he’s emerged as a fan favorite and consistent contender. Currently ranked No. 42, Bublik is a winner on tour already in 2022, having captured the Montpellier ATP 250 title in February with a straight-sets final victory over No. 3 Alexander Zverev. This season, he’s recorded wins over some of the biggest names on tour, including a victory over French Open finalist Casper Ruud in Davis Cup qualifying.

International Talent

World No. 112 Ugo Humbert of France will compete in Newport for the first time since 2019, when he advanced to the semifinals. In the past year, Humbert has notched three wins over top-10 players, including No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, and captured the 2021 title at Halle, an ATP 500 grass tournament, following victories over Alexander Zverev, Sebastian Korda, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Andrey Rublev.

Making his Infosys Hall of Fame Open debut is Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, currently ranked No. 76 and a two-time singles champion on tour. Vesely is one of only three ATP Tour players to defeat Novak Djokovic multiple times with no losses, earning his second career victory over the all-time great en route to the final at Dubai this year.

Two familiar Australian names in Jordan Thompson and James Duckworth will be featured in the Infosys Hall of Fame Open draw. In 2021, Thompson reached the semifinals in Newport in his fourth appearance. Duckworth is set to return to the field for the first time since 2018, after seeing his most successful season on tour in 2021 with 22 victories.

Staying Stateside

2018 Infosys Hall of Fame Open champion Steve Johnson is set to play in Newport for the eighth time. A fan favorite, Johnson is a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in doubles and has four ATP Tour singles titles to his name.

Additional Americans in the draw include Maxime Cressy, who made it through to the quarterfinals in Newport last year. Cressy is in the midst of a strong 2022 season that includes a finals appearance against Rafael Nadal at Melbourne’s ATP 250 tournament. He then advanced to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open before falling to Medvedev in four sets.

Welcome to Newport: Qualifying Wild Cards

Qualifying wildcards have been awarded to NCAA standouts Brandon Holt, son of Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, and Ben Shelton, son of two-time Infosys Hall of Fame Open champion and current University of Florida head men’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton.

During his career at the USC, Holt was a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and the 2019 Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year. Holt owns seven ITF World Tennis Tour titles, including five so far in 2022.

In just two years playing under his father at Florida, Shelton has emerged as one of the NCAA’s most dominant players. He is the reigning NCAA men’s singles champion and ITA National Player of the Year, and led the Gators to their first NCAA team title as a freshman in 2021.

Tournament & Enshrinement Weekend Tickets

Catch all the Action!

Tickets for the Infosys Hall of Fame Open are on sale and can be purchased online or by calling the tournament box office at (401) 849-6053.

Ticket options include individual session tickets, starting at $36 for adults for a full day of singles and doubles action, and full series tickets, which include access to the same seats for all seven days of the tournament. All ticketed fans will receive complimentary access to the ITHF Museum during tennis from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including daily guided tours at 2 p.m.

Fans can additionally purchase tickets for Lleyton Hewitt’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the evening of Saturday, July 16. Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, won the 2014 Hall of Fame Open singles and doubles title, and will be the tournament’s first former champion to earn tennis’ ultimate honor. Packages including Enshrinement Weekend experiences and tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s Infosys Hall of Fame Open action are also available now.

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