Winton-Salem Open tennis gearing up for improved year

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Triad native John Isner played in the final against Julien Benneteau of France during the Winston-Salem Open last year. (Credit: Lauren Carroll/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — By all accounts, last year’s Winston-Salem Open went off about as smoothly as an Andy Roddick backhand.

The quality of play was top-notch. The crowds were large and enthusiastic. And Triad native John Isner left with the championship trophy.

So what does tournament director Bill Oakes do for an encore?

“You can always improve,” Oakes said. “There were a number of things that we didn’t think we did well enough last year, so we have tried to make some changes this year to adapt to those things.”

Tops among the complaints Oakes received was a daily $10 parking fee, and some wanted more comfortable seating.

Voila. The charge for parking has disappeared, and every seat in the Harold and Mildred Southern Stadium Court will be padded.

This article was written by Doug Mead and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.