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Irving Tennis Classic in Las Colinas announces strong field

By Jay Betsill

The fourth annual Irving Tennis Classic announced the early commitments for the event that takes place March 16-22 at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas. The acceptance list for the ATP Challenger Tour event includes three former Top 10 players and 19 other players currently ranked in the Top 92 Emirates ATP Rankings.

For the full Irving Tennis Classic Press Release, see below:

IRVING, TX — The 2015 Irving Tennis Classic, an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour event held annually at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, announced the acceptance list (current entries) for the fourth annual tournament, which include three former Top 10 players, Marcos Baghdatis, Radek Stepanek and Jurgen Melzer (2013 Dallas Tennis Classic singles and doubles champion), and 19 other players currently ranked in the Top 92 Emirates ATP Rankings.

Other notable players coming to Irving include the 2014 Irving Tennis Classic Champion, Lukas Rosol who currently holds a Top 30 singles ranking, as well as Dallas-resident and current World No. 41 Benjamin Becker. Tim Smyczek will return to the Metroplex after claiming his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title in Dallas earlier this month at the RBC Tennis Championships.

“We are extremely pleased with the depth of the tournament acceptance list, we have a super strong field this year,” said Zoltan Papp, Irving Tennis Classic tournament director. “We have two players in No. 56 Jack Sock and No. 73 Radek Stepanek who have each won two Grand Slam doubles titles, and last years finalist No.44 Steve Johnson returns as one of the most improved players on the ATP World Tour and is currently the No. 3 American (behind No. 20 Isner and No. 40 Querrey).”

The Irving Tennis Classic is a Challenger Level Tour event that will feature a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. The main draw is compromised of 22 direct acceptances, four wildcards, four qualifiers and two special exempts. Unlike other Challenger events, top 50 ranked players can play in the Irving Tennis Classic without obtaining a wildcard, as they prepare for the Miami Open.

The City of Irving and BMW will return as main sponsors, and the tournament will take place March 16-22 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Tickets are being sold through the tournament website at www.irvingtennisclassic.com and proceeds are benefiting Emily’s Place.

Player Acceptance List (As of February 25, 2015)

PLAYER                                 COUNTRY      RANKING

Rosol, Lukas                            CZE                    30

Muller, Gilles                           LUX                   35

Becker, Benjamin                   GER                    41

Johnson, Steve                       USA                    44

Thiem, Dominic                      AUT                   47

Janowicz, Jerzy                      POL                    49

Stakhovsky, Sergiy               UKR                    53

Sock, Jack                               USA                    56

Kukushkin, Mikhail               KAZ                    58

Baghdatis, Marcos                 CYP                    62

Schwartzman, Diego             ARG                    64

Andujar, Pablo                       ESP                     67

Ramos-Vinolas, Albert         ESP                     68

Bellucci, Thomaz                   BRA                     71

Stepanek, Radek                   CZE                     73

Struff, Jan-Lennard             GER                     76

Matosevic, Marinko              AUS                    80

Smyczek, Tim                        USA                    81

Coric, Borna                           CRO                    84

Melzer, Jurgen                      AUT                   86

Dzumhur, Damir                    BIH                    87

Gonzalez, Alejandro               COL                   92

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