The Memphis Open was a part of the ATP calendar for more than 40 years before it had to be canceled in 2017, struggling to find the sponsors for the last couple of years and having to sell the license. The event moved to Long Island, New York, staged at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on black indoor hard courts which makes it a unique stop in the ATP calendar.
Kevin Anderson was the inaugural champion in 2018 after beating Sam Querrey in the title match, skipping this year's edition due to an elbow injury and leaving John Isner as the leading candidate to lift the trophy. Isner advanced into the semi-final where he faced another giant server Reilly Opelka who prevailed 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 31 minutes, fending off six match points in the second set tie break for the place in the first ATP final!
For the first time in the best-of-three ATP encounters, two players fired 81 aces combined (43 for Reilly and 38 for John), with just three break points in the entire clash, together with 29 holds at love or 15, the best indicator of how well they both served.
In the final, Reilly prevailed against Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and one minute for his maiden ATP trophy in front of the home fans, wasting match points in the second set and staying composed to bring the win home in the closing stages of the decider, never facing a break point in the entire clash!
The organizers are already forming the field for the 2020 edition and have to bring a good one to draw the crowd, something which wasn't the case in 2018 and 2019. After Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios and Kevin Anderson, they have confirmed Reilly Opelka will be back at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum between February 9-16 to defend the crown, together with Brayden Schnur who should receive a wild card if his ranking would not be good enough to get him in directly.