Newport Hall of Fame Tournament Names Wild Cards

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Newport Tennis Hall of Fame news release…

NEWPORT, R.I., July 5, 2013 – After
the Wimbledon titles are claimed this weekend, the ATP World Tour heads
to the United States for the summer, with the first stop being the
historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in
Newport, R.I. A strong player field featuring 8 of the top-10 Americans
is set for the event.

Wild cards for the tournament have now been
awarded to Nicolas Mahut and Prakash Amritraj, both of whom have reached the event's finals previously. The final wild card was awarded to 15-year-old Stefan Kozlov,
a young American player who will be making his ATP World Tour debut in
Newport.

The new additions join a strong player field that features top
Americans John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Rajeev Ram,
Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Michael Russell, Denis Kudla, Rhyne Williams,
and Tim Smyczek.
In addition, former world no. 1 Lletyon Hewitt of Australia, and Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino of and Kenny De Schepper, who are both coming off successful runs into the Round of 16 at Wimbledon, will compete.

 “Our
tournament has a long history of welcoming up and coming stars to the
field. We granted wild cards to John Isner, Sam Querrey, James
Blake, Ryan Harrison, and Jack Sock early on in their careers, and have
been glad to see them all go on to such great success.

Stefan is coming
to Newport after an exciting and successful Wimbledon run, and we're
very pleased to give him his first opportunity to play in the main draw
of an ATP World Tour event. Nicolas and Prakash are always strong
players in Newport, and will definitely add to the excitement of our
tournament,” said Tournament Director Mark L. Stenning. “When you put
these three players in the mix for an already strong field, we're set up
for a great week of ATP World Tour tennis at the Hall of Fame.”

 

Stefan Kozlov,
of Florida is an up and coming young sensation among American juniors.
Kozlov comes to Newport after a highly successful Wimbledon, where he
reached the quarterfinals and was the youngest player in the Boys
Singles field. Earlier this year, Kozlov qualified for and reached the
quarterfinals at an ATP Futures tournament, competing against much older
players.

Currently ranked world No. 21, Kozlov is the youngest player
ranked inside the top-25 on the ITF World Junior Circuit. In April 2013,
he won the USTA International Spring Championships. At 15 years old,
Kozlov will be the youngest player ever in the Main Draw of the Hall of
Fame Tennis Championships.

 

A skilled grass court player, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut
comes to Newport on the heels of winning his first ATP World Tour
singles title. Mahut defeated world No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka in the
finals of the Topshelf Open at s-Hertogenbosch, the week prior to
Wimbledon.

This will be Mahut's 8th appearance at Newport, where he was the singles runner up in 2007 (l. to Santoro)
and a doubles runner up in 2004 (w/ Carraz). Earlier this season, Mahut
partnered with countryman Michael Llodra to reach the doubles final at
the French Open, where they were defeated by the Bryan Brothers.

 

Prakash Amritraj
has also had strong results at Newport. He was a runner up at the Hall
of Fame Tennis Championships in 2008 (l. to Santoro), and advanced to
the quarterfinals in 2007. This season Amritraj has had success in
Challenger events including a semifinal and quarterfinal result.

In this
year's season opener in Chennai, India, Amritraj qualified for the
tournament and advanced to the second round. Amritraj is the son of
Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj, a former world top-20, one of
India's finest players, who won the Newport title in 1976, 1980, and
1984.