Qualifying Action Headlines Opening Weekend at the Western & Southern Open

QUALIFYING ACTION HEADLINES OPENING WEEKEND
AT THE WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
 
 
Grounds Pass Tickets Released for Four Sessions
 
CINCINNATI (August 10, 2017) --- Players who have won a combined 10 titles during the 2017 season are among those who will participate in this weekend’s qualifying tournament at the Western & Southern Open. Twelve women and seven men will advance into the main draw via the two-round qualifying tournament to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. 

The two days of qualifying are among four sessions for which fans may now purchase grounds passes. Grounds passes are on sale now for the day sessions on Saturday, Aug. 12, Sunday, Aug. 13, Wednesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 17. A grounds pass allows fans to enter the Tennis Center and grants access to the entire grounds with the exception of the Center Court seating bowl. 

Prior to the start of matches at 10 a.m. Saturday will be Graeter’s Kids Day, powered by Net Generation. Play again starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and will be preceded by Miami University High School Day, powered by Net Generation. 

The women’s qualifying field includes eight players who have won a title in 2017. It also features a former Grand Slam champion (Francesca Schiavone), two former Major finalists (Eugenie Bouchard andSabine Liskicki), 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig. Eleven players in the field are 21-years-old or younger. Cincinnati-native Nicole Gibbs is one of nine Americans who will play in the qualifying tournament. 

The men’s qualifying field includes two tournament winners from this season along with four players who have reached an ATP final. Two players in the field have previously reached the Western & Southern Open main draw semifinals – Alexandr Dolgopolov (2015, as a qualifier) and Julien Benneteau (2014). The men’s qualifying field includes six Americans and six players aged 21-years-old or younger.
  
The qualifying draws and the order of play for Saturday will be released Friday evening.   

 
About the Western & Southern Open 
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 12-20, 2017 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, OH. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), making it one of only five events in the world outside of the grand slams with events of that caliber occurring during the same week at the same venue. 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 $10 million directly to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.  
 
About the US Open Series 
Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.  
Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities. 
 

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