After four decades in the ATP calendar, the Memphis Open had to be canceled in 2017, struggling to find the sponsors for the last couple of years and selling the license. The event moved to Long Island, New York, finding the new home at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on black indoor hard courts, a feature that makes it a unique stop in the ATP calendar, at least until the Laver Cup became an official ATP event.
Kevin Anderson was the inaugural champion in 2018 after beating Sam Querrey in the title match, succeeded by the home star Reilly Opelka last February after the young American delivered thrilling wins over John Isner and Brayden Schnur en route to the first ATP title.
The third edition will take place next week, with John Isner, Milos Raonic and Reilly Opelka as the leading contenders to lift the trophy next Sunday. Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey had pulled out and Nick Kyrgios followed them, missing a chance to make a debut in New York due to a shoulder injury.
The Aussie is back inside the top-20 for the first time since August 2018, winning six out of eight matches so far in 2020 and losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal after a thrilling battle. Nick is scheduled to play in Delray Beach in two weeks if he recovers, losing in the second round there a year ago and hoping for a better run after delivering focus and determination on the court so far this season.
"Hey, New York Open fans. I'm really disappointed I can't make it this year. I was looking forward to playing on the black courts at NYCB Live. My shoulder has flared up and I'm not able to play. I hope everyone still goes out to see the great tennis at the New York Open."