Benoit Paire is the top seed at the ATP 250 this year. (Getty)

After the madness of back-to-back Masters and Premier 5 events, it's time to slow things down and head to North Carolina for the final stop of the US Open Series. This is the last chance for ATP players to perfect their skills and get a confidence boost before heading into the last Grand Slam of the year, which starts next Monday. 

Last year's champion, Daniil Medvedev, will not be returning to the Winston-Salem Open this year. He just won his first ATP Masters title in Cincinnati over David Goffin. But many of Medvedev's young counterparts will be hitting the courts, including Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov.

“Many think it’s time for 20-year-old phenom Denis Shapovalov to secure his first career ATP World Tour singles title,” said Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes.  “I think that’s a storyline worth watching at this year’s Winston-Salem Open, as the rising Canadian looks for his first career title.” 

Sam Querrey, Frances Tiafoe, Tennys Sandgren and Bjorn Fratangelo will represent the American contingent while one very famous Scotsman will play another singles event in his comeback.

Andy Murray will open against Sandgren on Monday. 

FAST FACTS

  • Level: ATP World Tour 250 Event
  • Player Prize Money: $717,955
  • Dates: August 17 to 24
  • Site: Wake Forest University
  • Singles Draw Size: 48 main-draw players