Eleven Past Champions Headline 2021 Western & Southern Open Singles Fields

 
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 21, 2021) - Ashleigh Barty and Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 ranked players in the world who are fresh off Wimbledon titles, highlight the initial singles entry list for the 2021 Western & Southern Open. 
 
The Top 20 players in both the ATP Tour and WTA Tour rankings have entered the event, which will be held Aug. 14-22. The field also includes 11 former tournament winners, including the defending champions Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, both two-time Western & Southern Open winners.
 
Cincinnati will welcome five former champions in the WTA field, featuring Karolina Pliskova (2016), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) and Madison Keys (2019) along with two-time champions Serena Williams and Azarenka. In addition to Djokovic, former ATP champions returning to Cincinnati in 2021 include Daniil Medvedev (2019), Rafael Nadal (2013), Grigor Dimitrov (2017), Marin Cilic (2016) and seven-time champion Roger Federer
 
The women’s field is also highlighted by 13 total Major champions, with recent winners including 2020 Western & Southern Open finalist Naomi Osaka (2020 US Open, 2021 Australian Open), Barbora Krejcikova (2021 French Open), Sofia Kenin (2020 Australian Open) and Iga Swiatek (2020 French Open). Eight entrants have held WTA's No. 1 ranking, with Azarenka, Barty, Osaka, Pliskova, Muguruza and Williams being joined by multi-time Cincinnati finalists Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber
 
In addition to the wealth of experience among the women’s field, 10 participants are 23 or younger. Leading the WTA youth movement is 17-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff, who will make her debut in Cincinnati following a quarterfinal finish in the 2021 French Open. 
 
Djokovic’s Western & Southern Open title defense will come as he chases history this season. The winner of the year’s first three Majors, he is bidding to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete a calendar Grand Slam. The trio of Major titles this season has drawn him level with Federer and Nadal atop the all-time list, with each having won 20 titles at Grand Slam tournaments. A trio of former US Open champions are also on the Cincinnati entry list: Dominic Thiem (2020), Stan Wawrinka (2016) and Cilic (2014). 
 
The men’s field comprises the top 43 players in the ATP rankings and will have 11 players aged 23-or-younger competing. Leading the ATP youth charge is 19-year-old Jannik Sinner, who held a career-high ranking of 17 earlier in 2021 and reached the 2020 French Open Quarterfinals. 
 
The initial entrants to both fields are as follows: 
 
 
ATP Tour
Rank - Name (Age) Nat.
1 - Novak Djokovic (34) SRB
2 - Daniil Medvedev (25) RUS
3 - Rafael Nadal (35) ESP
4 - Stefanos Tsitsipas (22) GRE
5 - Alexander Zverev (24) GER
6 - Dominic Thiem (27) AUT
7 - Audrey Rublev (23) RUS
8 - Matteo Berrettini (25) ITA
9 - Roger Federer (39) SUI
10 - Denis Shapovalov (22) CAN
11 - Pablo Carreno Busta (29) ESP
12 - Hubert Hurkacz (24) POL
13 - Diego Schwartzman (28) ARG
14 - Casper Ruud (22) NOR
15 - Felix Auger-Aliassime (20) CAN
16 - Roberto Bautista Agut (32) ESP
17 - Alex de Minaur (21) AUS
18 - Gael Monfils (34) FRA
19 - Cristian Garin (25) CHI
20 - David Goffin (30) BEL
21 - Grigor Dimitrov (30) BUL
22 - Milos Raonic (30) CAN
?23 - Jannik Sinner (19) ITA
?24 - Aslan Karatsev (27) RUS
25 - Karen Khachanov (25) RUS
26 - Lorenzo Sonego (26) ITA
27 - Daniel Evans (31) GBR
28 - Ugo Humbert (23) FRA
29 - Stan Wawrinka (36) SUI
30 - Cameron Norrie (25) GBR
31 - Fabio Fognini (34) ITA
32 - Reilly Opelka (23) USA
33 - Borna Coric (24) CRO
34 - Filip Krajinovic (29) SRB
35 - Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (22) ESP
36 - Marin Cilic (32) CRO
37 - Taylor Fritz (23) USA
38 - Marton Fucsovics (29) HUN
39 - John Isner (36) USA
40 - Alexander Bublik (24) KAZ
41 - Adrian Mannarino (33) FRA
42 - Nikoloz Basilashvili (29) GEO
43 - Albert Ramos-Vinolas (33) ESP
69* - Kei Nishikori (31) JPN
 
Bold indicates past W&S Open champion
*Using injury protected ranking
 
WTA Tour
Rank - Name (Age) Nat.
1 - Ashleigh Barty (25) AUS
2 - Naomi Osaka (23) JPN
3 - Aryna Sabalenka (23) BLR
4 - Sofia Kenin (22) USA
5 - Bianca Andreescu (21) CAN
6 - Elina Svitolina (26) UKR
7 - Karolina Pliskova (29) CZE
8 - Iga Swiatek (20) POL
9 - Garbiñe Muguruza (27) ESP
10 - Simona Halep (29) ROU
11 - Barbora Krejcikova (25) CZE
12 - Belinda Bencic (24) SUI
13 - Petra Kvitova (31) CZE
14 - Victoria Azarenka (31) BLR
15 - Jennifer Brady (26) USA
16 - Serena Williams (39) USA
17 - Elise Mertens (25) BEL
18 - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (30) RUS
19 - Maria Sakkari (25) GRE
20 - Elena Rybakina (22) KAZ
22 - Angelique Kerber (33) GER
23 - Ons Jabeur (26) TUN
24 - Karolina Muchova (24) CZE
25 - Coco Gauff (17) USA
26 - Madison Keys (26) USA
27 - Jessica Pegula (27) USA
28 - Anett Kontaveit (25) EST
29 - Paula Badosa (23) ESP
30 - Jelena Ostapenko (24) LAT
31 - Daria Kasatkina (24) RUS
32 - Petra Martic (30) CRO
33 - Veronika Kudermetova (24) RUS
34 - Ekaterina Alexandrova (26) RUS
35 - Yulia Putintseva (26) KAZ
36 - Alison Riske (31) USA
37 - Tamara Zidansek (23) SLO
38 - Nadia Podoroska (24) ARG
39 - Sorona Cirstea (31) ROU
40 - Johanna Konta (30) GBR
41 - Marketa Vondrousova (22) CZE
42 - Shelby Rogers (28) USA
44 - Danielle Collins (27) USA
 
 
 
The top eight seeds in both draws will receive first round byes. Eight women and seven men will be added to the fields through a two-round qualifying tournament that will be held Aug. 14-15. Four men and as many as five women will be awarded wild card entries into the main draw singles fields.
 
Tournament action will take place Aug. 14-22, where first serve will take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 for the qualifying tournament. The men’s and women’s singles finals will take place on Sunday, Aug. 22. The full schedule is available here.
 
All tickets, including full series, mini-plans, single session and hospitality packages, are now on sale and information about available tickets can be found here
 
The Western & Southern Open, an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000, is part of the US Open Series and is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio
 
About the Western & Southern Open
Founded in 1899, the Western & Southern Open is an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 tournament. The Western & Southern Open annually welcomes nearly 200,000 fans who come from all 50 states and more than 35 countries and is seen by more than 50 million global viewers in over 160 countries. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $11 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. The tournament is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
 
About the US Open Series
The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly viewing schedule, as well as comprehensive outreach and grassroots engagement initiatives, the Series serves as a vital platform to promote and grow the game of tennis in person and at home. Fans can follow along all summer as today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, while each tournament engages its local community with a variety of programs geared toward showcasing and promoting the game to new and existing fans.
 
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2020 WTA season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering a $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
 
About the ATP
As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.
 
 

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