The 2021 edition was an ATP event only, but it proved to be a success by several metrics. Crowd support was thorough, the level of play was top-notch, and both finalists went on to new career heights. Tournament runner-up Cameron Norrie won Indian Wells that same month and broke into the Top 10 the following spring, while champion Casper Ruud used his title as an unofficial springboard for a 2022 season that saw him reach two major finals and climb to No. 2 in the world.
The event's success made it a natural fit for the WTA as they filled out their fall schedule. With juggernaut sports agency Octagon behind them, the San Diego Open will now feature a women's event at the 500 level. With 16 of the Top 20-ranked players entered in the tournament, SoCal has become the location for the best tennis in the world this fall.
The topic of running a tournament is right in Murray's wheelhouse, who went through many of the same challenges when putting his series of WTA tournaments on last fall in Chicago. Redondo explains how the event hopes to remain a permanent one on the calendar, and why it's important to tie together the youth game in this talented region of the world. The tournament director also spoke extensively about the importance of having a strong broadcast partner.
"To have platforms like Tennis Channel to really air us and put us out there, to continue on every year, that's what's going to help," Redondo said.
Two tennis lifers chatting about running high-level pro tournaments is just what the doctor ordered on this week's Tennis.com Podcast. Kamau Murray & Ryan Redondo are all about improving and growing the game that they love, and they each want that growth to be felt immensely in their hometowns. The tennis world is coming to San Diego, and as this podcast clearly illuminates, that world is in good hands in SoCal.