LAS VEGAS, October 11, 2019 (Press Release)
The Las Vegas Tennis Open today announced that Steve Johnson of Orange, CA and Evan Song of Las Vegas, NV have been awarded singles wild cards into the main draw of the 2019 Las Vegas Tennis Open.
Johnson is currently ranked No. 99 in the world and is expected to be the tournaments top seed. The 29-year-old holds four ATP Tour singles titles, with his most recent triumph coming on the grass courts of Newport, RI. In July 2016, he was ranked as high as No. 21 in the world and later that year he would become the top-ranked American singles player for the first time in his career.
Before turning professional, Johnson enjoyed a successful college career at the University of Southern California, winning two NCAA Men’s Singles Championships and four consecutive NCAA Team Championships. With these achievements he is the most-decorated college tennis players of all time.
In doubles, Johnson has also reached the semifinals of the US Open and in 2016 he took home a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics with Jack Sock.
Hometown favorite Evan Song is currently ranked No. 450 in the world and will be competing at the Las Vegas Tennis Open for the fourth time in his career. The 27-year-old has picked up two ITF Futures titles and reached the one ATP Challenger quarterfinal.
Song played his first World Team Tennis season earlier this year for the Vegas Rollers, where he helped close out the regular season for the team.
Wild cards have also been awarded to UNLV standouts Alexander Cozbinov and Alex Kobelt. One additional main draw wild card will be handed out at the tournaments discretion.
The Las Vegas Tennis Open is an ATP Challenger 80 event that will be celebrating its 5th anniversary October 14-20. Professional athletes from around the world will be competing for prize money, as well as valuable ATP Tour Ranking points.
Admission to the Las Vegas Tennis Open is FREE October 14-17. Admission is $5 on October 18, $10 for semifinal action on October 19 and $15 for the singles and doubles final on October 20. A tournament pass is available for $20 and all tickets can be purchased at UNLVTickets.com.