Gauff & McNally Join Major Champions, Olympic Gold Medalists in Fields
CINCINNATI (Aug. 4, 2021) - The initial entries into the Western & Southern Open doubles fields include both of this year’s Olympic Gold Medal winning teams and both duos that claimed the Wimbledon titles earlier this summer as well as the debut in Cincinnati of Coco Gauff with Madeira resident Caty McNally.
Gauff & McNally, also known as “McCoco”, advanced to the Round of 16 in their first doubles appearance at Wimbledon this year. The 17-year-old Gauff and the 19-year-old McNally have collected three WTA titles together, most recently at Parma in May in addition to winning a junior doubles title at the 2018 US Open. The duo has also advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals twice while making the third round at the French Open and US Open.
The Western & Southern Open will also welcome 2021 Wimbledon champions Hsieh Su-wei & Elise Mertens in addition to Olympic gold medalists and 2021 French Open champions Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova. The men’s field is highlighted by 2021 Wimbledon champions and Olympic Gold medalists Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic.
Nine former Western & Southern women’s doubles champions and seven former men’s champions are entered in the 2021 event. Lucie Hradecka, whose three titles is tied for fourth-most in tournament history, has entered with Marie Bouzkova. Despite playing with different partners this year, 2020 Western & Southern Open women’s doubles champions Kveta Peschke and Demi Schuurs will both look to repeat as winners. Peschke will play with Ellen Perez while Schuurs will partner with American Olympian Nicole Melichar.
Ivan Dodig is a two-time men’s doubles champion in Cincinnati and will team up this year with Rohan Bopanna. Last year’s winner, Alex de Minaur, has entered with Cameron Norrie.
Hsieh & Mertens claimed the title at Wimbledon in just their fifth tournament together as doubles partners, with Hsieh coming up with her third Wimbledon doubles trophy while defending a Major title for the first time. Winning the doubles title at Wimbledon allowed Hsieh to be the 35th woman to win at least four Majors doubles championships in the Open Era.
Krejcikova & Siniakova became the 18th doubles team in the Open Era to collect at least three Majors doubles championships when they claimed the French Open this season. The Czech Republic duo will be the first women’s doubles team in Western & Southern Open history to win an Olympic gold medal and compete in Cincinnati in the same year.
Along with Krejcikova & Siniakova, Olympic bronze medalist Luisa Stefani is set to compete in Cincinnati. She will be the second bronze medalist to compete in the Olympics and in the Western & Southern Open in the same year and will play with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski.
Mektic & Pavic have won nine doubles titles this season, including three ATP Masters 1000 events (Rome, Monte Carlo, Miami). Another ATP Masters 1000 title would make Mektic & Pavic the first doubles team since Bob and Mike Bryan in 2014 to win four ATP Masters 1000 titles and a Major title in the same season.
Cincinnati will also welcome 2019 Wimbledon and US Open Doubles men’s champion Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. Cabal & Farah have 18 doubles titles together on the ATP tour, winning two titles (Barcelona and Dubai) this season. The duo were also finalists in Cincinnati in 2019.
Five of the six men’s players who claimed an Olympic medal in doubles tennis at the 2020 Olympic games are set to take the court in Cincinnati, the most in tournament history. This will mark the ninth time in Western & Southern Open history where at least one men’s player who won an Olympic medal competes in Cincinnati in the same year.
The initial entry lists are as follows: