Inaugural ATP N.Y. Open Gets Positive Reviews, Modest Crowds
The inaugural ATP N.Y. Open wrapped up yesterday on Long Island, and Tournament Dir Josh Ripple "looks at it as a qualified success and sees better things for the future," according to Jeff Williams of NEWSDAY. Ripple said, "It’s progressing exactly as we thought." Although the crowds for the day matches during the week were "quite meager, the last few night session matches were drawing in excess of 2,000 by Ripple’s estimation." Player Sam Querrey said of NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, "It’s one of the most unique venues all year, a great crowd today, the locker room set up is awesome. It’s great, not only for a first-year tournament but for any tournament. It can match up against a lot of them.” Ripple: "We’ve put on a good show. The building has been a huge help to us" (NEWSDAY, 2/18). In N.Y., David Waldstein notes with many matches "played during the day during work and school hours," it was a "challenge for a new and relatively unknown tournament to gain traction." Even an on-court confrontation between Donald Young and Ryan Harrison, and the "subsequent controversy over whether Harrison had made a racist comment, did little to generate buzz." But overall, it was a "decent first-year showing" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/19).