Nine former champs expected in Cincinnati Open

Nine former champs expected in Cincinnati Open

Cincinnati, Jul 3: Top 40 players in the ranking of both the men's ATP and women's WTA tours will be seen in action in the 2019 Western and Southern Open from August 10 to 18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

The fields are highlighted by nine past Western and Southern Open champions, 12 players who have been the No. 1 ranked player in the world, and 17 players who have won a Major championship. The initial 77 entrants represent 34 countries. “Receiving the entry lists from the Tours signifies we are just six weeks away from the tournament. When those lists include so many great players, it generates a great deal of anticipation for the event,” said Tournament Director Andre Silva. “It is an incredible time in tennis with so many accomplished champions still playing at a very high level, and we are eager to welcome them back to the Western and Southern Open in August.”

Two of the greatest players in the game, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, are the oldest players in the field at 37-years-old. However, the youth movement in tennis is challenging these legends. Twenty-nine of the 77 initial entrants are aged 23 or younger, including the top two WTA players: Ashleigh Barty(23) and Naomi Osaka (21). Four teenagers are among the entrants, the youngest being 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, a French Open semifinalist, and 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.The nine former Western & Southern Open champions have won a combined 16 Cincinnati titles, including seven-time winner Federer among the men and two-time champion Williams among the women. The other WTA past champions include Victoria Azarenka (2013), Kiki Bertens (2018),Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) and Karolina Pliskova (2016) while Marin Cilic (2016), Novak Djokovic(2018) and Rafael Nadal (2013) are the past ATP winners.

Nine women and three men comprise the 12 Western & Southern Open entrants who have held the No. 1 ranking on their respective tours. Those dozen players have combined to hold the top spot for a total of 1,336 weeks, a tally which is greater than 25 years. Williams has the most weeks at No. 1 with 319, followed closely by Federer’s 310. A total of 97 Major championships have been won by 17 of the players in the Western & Southern Open field. Federer has won 20 to lead the six men’s Major winners in the field, while Williams owns 23 titles, the most among the 11 women’s Major champions. The initial player entry lists for the 2019 Western & Southern Open: WTA Rank • Name (Nationality) Age
1 Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 23,2 Naomi Osaka (Japan) 21, 3 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 27, 4 Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 27, 5 Angelique Kerber (Germany) 31, 6 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 29, 7 Simona Halep (Romania) 27, 8 Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 24, 9 Sloane Stephens (USA) 26, 10 Serena Williams (USA) 37

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