About The Memphis Open
The Memphis Open is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States. It is an ATP 250 event, meaning that its singles champion is rewarded with 250 ATP ranking points.
The vision for the current version of the tournament began in 1974, when Memphis cotton merchant William B. “Billy” Dunavant Jr., announced that the city would soon have a facility designed and built solely for tennis. To make that happen, he purchased the Memphis Athletic Club and immediately began a $7 million expansion that would fashion the facility into the current Racquet Club of Memphis.
The present incarnation of professional tennis in Memphis officially kicked off in 1976, with a tournament won by Vijay Armitraj. In 1977, the tournament was designated as the U.S. Indoor National Championships, with total prize money of $225,000.
Tennis legend Björn Borg walked away with that year’s winner’s check, and subsequent men’s champions include a “Who’s Who” of the tennis world: Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. Doubles champions include three of the greatest tandems of the Open era: Bob and Mike Bryan, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, and Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, among others.
In November 2001, The Racquet Club of Memphis purchased the franchise rights to a WTA event that had been held in Oklahoma City and hosted a combined men's and women's event from 2002 through 2013.
In 2012, tournament officials announced that the men’s and women’s tournament would be moving to Brazil in 2014. In order to keep professional tennis in Memphis, the San Jose ATP event was purchased and moved to the city for 2014.
Then, in late 2014, Tennis Rendezvous LLC, which is owned jointly by the United States Tennis Association and Golden Set Holdings LLC, purchased the U.S. Indoor National Championships and renamed it the Memphis Open, once again keeping it in the River City and at the Racquet Club of Memphis – with the inaugural Memphis Open taking place in February 2015.
After the successful completion of the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster in February 2015, GF Sports, LLC, a newly formed integrated event content company formed by the New York-based financial management company GF Capital Private Equity Fund, and its founder Gary Fuhrman, along with long time sports executive, Jerry Solomon and his Lynnfield-based company, StarGames acquired the Tournament. GF Sports has committed to reinvigorating the Memphis Open brand and bringing back the love so many local, regional and national fans have enjoyed over the last 40 years.