Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner to highlight inaugural Dallas player field



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Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner to highlight inaugural Dallas player field

2017 ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, 2018 Miami Masters champion John Isner and world No. 26 Reilly Opelka have all signed up to play an ATP 250 event in Dallas, per Michael Samulski. The only indoor tour-level in the United States -- that had been held in New York for the past three years -- will take place in Dallas between 6-13 February.

The news of the relocation was announced in May and Dallas native Isner was delighted. "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. “I am also proud to have the Isner Family Foundation be one of the non-profit partners for the Dallas Open, and I am looking forward to the positive impact the event will have on the local community."

The Dallas Open lands Dimitrov and Isner

Both Dimitrov and Isner are former top-10 players and having them at the event will help the organizers attract the local crowd The locals in Dallas will certainly be intrigued to see Isner, who has been one of the best American players for over the past decade.

Isner, 36, recently admitted that tennis is now secondary in his life but he is still capable of playing at a good level as he is ranked at No. 24 in the world. “There’s no doubt that tennis is secondary in my life right now, so we’ll see how it goes as my career winds down.

You definitely have to maximise your time – I don’t have as much time to put into my craft. But at my age, I don’t need to be on the court three hours a day," Isner admitted. “When I’m home I’ve tailored my schedule around the kids.

I drop them off at 8:30 and then boom – from 9:00-11:00 that’s my time to practise, then I can pick them up. I try to get my work in around their schedule."