Former Grand Slam Champions Take the Court

Venus Williams takes the court today at the W&S Open.
Novak Djokovic is back on court in Cincinnati today.
Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka is back at the W&S Open.

The action continues today after a ‘Manic Monday’ at the Western & Southern Open.


Seven Americans will take the court today, including 2012 semifinalist Venus Williams and young gun Madison Keys.


Williams, who is coming off a run to the finals in Montreal, will kick off play on Center Court, taking on lefty Lucie Safarova.


Keys advanced yesterday with a straight set win over Alize Cornet. The 19-year-old meets former W&S Open champion Maria Sharapova for the first time.


Cincinnati native, Nicole Gibbs, will take on wild card Christina McHale in an all-American battle. McHale leads their head-to-head 2-0, but the two young guns have not met since 2008.


Other Americans on court include wild card Steve Johnson, a recent quarterfinalist in Washington, and Robby Ginepri, who reached the semifinals here in 2005.


Six former Grand Slam Champions will also take the court today. Novak Djokovic will be back on court for only the second time since claiming his second Wimbledon title. The World No.1 will face off with Frenchman Gilles Simon.


Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka will play qualifier Benjamin Becker, who defeated big serving Ivo Karlovic yesterday. Former Australian Open champ and 2013 Cincinnati champ Victoria Azarenka is back on court against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.


With 27 singles matches and 10 doubles matches, there is plenty of action for you to catch today at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.


Don’t forget to stop by the practice courts to see even more of your favorite players, including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Genie Bouchard.


Several sessions are close to sold out, and grounds pass tickets are available now at the ticket office for the day sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.