ANDERSON JOINS STANDOUT PLAYER FIELD FOR 2015 MEMPHIS OPEN



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ANDERSON JOINS STANDOUT PLAYER FIELD FOR 2015 MEMPHIS OPEN

Kevin Anderson has accepted a wild card into the event, giving Memphis five Top 25 players: 2014 US Open finalist and two-time defending Memphis champion Kei Nishikori (No. 5), Anderson (No. 15), top-ranked American John Isner (No.

18), Alexandr Dolgopolov (No. 24) and Ivo Karlovic (No. 25). Memphis will also now feature three of the tallest players in the history of professional tennis in the 6-foot-8 Anderson, the 6-10 Isner and the 6-10 Karlovic, the 2014 Memphis runner-up.

Also set to compete at this year's Memphis Open are three of the top American challengers – 2010 Memphis singles and doubles champion Sam Querrey, two-time NCAA champion and current American No. 2 Steve Johnson and former junior No.

1 Donald Young. Jack Sock, who finished 2014 at No. 42 in the world, was originally entered in the draw but withdrew to give his injured hip more time to heal. Anderson, from South Africa, has won two career tour titles – Johannesburg in 2011 and Delray Beach in 2012 – and has finished in the year-end Top 40 each of the last four seasons.

The former University of Illinois standout is coming off a fine 2014 campaign in which he reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and the third round at the US Open. He also reached the fourth round in Melbourne a week ago.

In addition to Anderson, Nishikori, Dolgopolov and Karlovic, other international standouts slated to play in the 2015 Memphis Open include former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic of Australia and former NCAA champion Benjamin Becker of Germany.

Joining Anderson as wild-card entries into Memphis are American teenagers Jared Donaldson, who recently jumped into the Top 200 for the first time, and Stefan Kozlov, the world's No. 2 junior in 2014. The two recently teamed to win the doubles title at a USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Maui, Hawaii, where Donaldson also claimed the singles crown.