Western & Southern Open Morning Briefing 8/14

1) A pair of local players headline opening day at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday with both seeking to win a pair of matches this weekend to advance into the main draw. Mason native Peyton Stearns, the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament Most Outstanding Player and All-American, will face 2021 Wimbledon doubles champion Su-Wei Hsieh on Porsche Court 10. Cincinnati resident and former Ohio State Buckeye JJ Wolf, a four-time champion on the ATP Challenger Tour, faces Marcus Giron, a former NCAA Champion while playing at UCLA on Grandstand. Next week, Cincinnati's Caty McNally will be in main draw action against Dayana Yastremska.
2) The Western & Southern Open is welcoming more than 100 players who participated in the Tokyo Olympics, a roster that features 20 medal winners, including all six players who took home medals in singles. A pair of players - Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia - had the honor of carrying their nations' flag in the Opening Ceremony. Naomi Osaka capped the event by lighting the Olympic cauldron to open the Games.
3) The 2021 Western & Southern Open will be the 120th anniversary of the tournament. First played in 1899 on the site of current day Xavier University, the Western & Southern Open has been a fixture in the Queen City for more than a century. More than 100 International Tennis Hall of Famers having played in Cincinnati over the years.
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Ten of the 28 players from the ATP Tour in action in the qualifying tournament are over 30 years old. There will only be two teens on the court: 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz and 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.
The Western & Southern Open revealed the main singles draws Friday night. Watch the full draw reveal show here
CENTER COURT start 10:00 am
ATP - Qualifying - [7] Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) vs Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
WTA - Qualifying - [WC] Alycia Parks (USA) vs [9] Caroline Garcia (France)
ATP - Qualifying - [1] Richard Gasquet (France) vs [WC] Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
WTA - Qualifying - [8] Donna Vekic (Croatia) vs Christina McHale (USA) 
WTA - Qualifying - [5] Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) vs Lauren Davis (USA)
GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
WTA - Qualifying - [1] Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) vs Fiona Ferro (France) 
ATP - Qualifying - Steve Johnson (USA) vs [13] Emil Ruusuvuori (Finland)
WTA - Qualifying - [WC] Katie Volynets (USA) vs [11] Heather Watson (Great Britain) 
ATP - Qualifying - [WC] J.J. Wolf (USA) vs [8] Marcos Giron (USA)
ATP - Qualifying - [WC] Jack Sock (USA) vs [14] [Alt] Alexei Popyrin (Australia)
STADIUM 3 start 10:00 am
ATP - Qualifying - Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs [11] Jeremy Chardy (France)
ATP - Qualifying - [3] Tommy Paul (USA) vs Soonwoo Kwon (South Korea)
ATP - Qualifying - [6] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs Corentin Moutet (France)
STADIUM 4 start 10:00 am
WTA - Qualifying - [2] Shuai Zhang (China) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 
WTA - Qualifying - [7] Kristina Mladenovic (France) vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 
WTA - Qualifying - [4] Rebecca Peterson (Sweden) vs Astra Sharma (Australia) 
WTA - Qualifying - Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) vs [13] Lelyah Fernandez (Canada)
PORSCHE COURT 10 start 10:00 am
WTA - Qualifying - Polona Hercog (Slovenia) vs [15] Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic) 
WTA - Qualifying - [WC] Emma Navarro (USA) vs [12] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 
WTA - Qualifying - [WC] Peyton Stearns (USA) vs [14] Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei)
WTA - Qualifying - [8] Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic) vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse (Romania) 
COURT 7 start 10:00 am
ATP - Qualifying - [4] Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) vs Egor Gerasimov (Belarus)
ATP - Qualifying - [2] Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) vs Thiago Monteiro (Brazil)
ATP - Qualifying - [5] Dominik Koepfer (Germany) vs Andreas Seppi (Italy)
COURT 8 start 10:00 am
WTA - Qualifying - Anna Blinkova (Russia) vs [16] Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (Colombia) 
WTA - Qualifying - [3] Liudmila Samsonova (Russia) vs Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
WTA - Qualifying - Jasmine Paolini (Italy) vs Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 
COURT 11 start 10:00 am
ATP - Qualifying - Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) vs [12] Gianluca Mager (Italy)
ATP - Qualifying - [WC] MitchellKrueger (USA) vs [9] Ilya Ivashka (Belarus)
ATP - Qualifying - Norbert Gombos (Slovakia) vs [10] Jaume Munar (Spain)
Women's Doubles
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, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sports. The WTA is one of the world’s most recognizable and high-profile sports organizations, consisting of more than 1650 players representing approximately 85 nations, all competing to earn WTA rankings points and prestigious tournament titles. The WTA Tour is comprised of over 50 events and four Grand Slams, spanning six continents and nearly 30 countries and regions with a global audience of over 700 million. The Tour culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players based on the final standings of the Porsche Race to Shenzhen leaderboard. Further information on the WTA can be found at 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.