This year’s field features four of the Top 35 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by No. 17 and 2011-12 champion John Isner. Main Draw play begins Monday, July 13 at 11 am.
John Isner is the top seed and the 30-year-old American has a 15-4 career record in Newport. He is making his fifth straight visit. Both of his titles in 2011-12 came as the top seed. His 13-match winning streak in Newport ended in ’13 with a semi-final loss to Hewitt. Isner reached the quarter-finals at Queen’s and a career-best 3R at Wimbledon for the second year in a row where he lost to Marin Cilic 12-10 in the fifth set. This is the 15th time in Isner’s career (first this year) he is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament (34-9 record). Four of his nine career titles have come as the No. 1 seed.
Joining Isner in the No. 2 spot is last year’s runner-up Ivo Karlovic, is coming off a Round of 16 performance at Wimbledon where he finished with 165 aces, the most he’s ever hit in a tournament. The 36-year-old Croat became the first player to hit 40+ aces three matches in a row since the ATP began keeping records in 1991. He lost to Murray in four sets. In February, Karlovic captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach (d. Young), holding all 56 service games and saving 19 break points he faced. He is the oldest ATP World Tour winner this season.
No. 3 Wild card and top Aussie Bernard Tomic Is putting together his best season on the ATP World Tour. The 22-year-old is making his Newport debut and he is coming off a 3rd Round at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic). His best result was the semifinals in Delray Beach (l. to Young) and six other quarter-finals, including ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.
The other seeds include No. 4 Jack Sock, No. 5 Adrian Mannarino, No. 6 Sam Querrey, No. 7 Steve Johnson and No. 8 Tim Smyczek. Rajeev Ram, who captured the title in 2009, is the other former winner in the field.
The oldest player in the singles draw is 37-year-old wild card Tommy Haas, who returns to Newport for the first time since 2011. He came back last month after undergoing right shoulder surgery on June 17, 2014. In his three grass court tournaments, Haas reached the second round in Stuttgart and Wimbledon and lost in first round in Halle.
Nearby Providence resident Jared Donaldson, 18, debuts in the main draw. The young American has climbed in the Emirates ATP Rankings from No. 260 at the end of last year to No. 155. In his last ATP World Tour appearance he qualified at the Queen’s Club and lost to Isner in the 1R. He has compiled a 14-6 match record in Challengers, winning in Maui in January. Donaldson is one of seven teenagers in the Top 200 Emirates ATP Rankings.