The Western & Southern Open also known as the Cincinnati Masters will begin in three weeks time before the US Open and the entry list has been announced.

This year, it won’t be in Cincinnati, it will be at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on the site of the US Open so a bubble can be created with both events.

On the provisional entry list for the men’s, only four top 20 players will not be involved with Roger Federer who is of course injured and off the shelf for the US Open itself the main one.

Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini and Stan Wawrinka are the other three ranked 9th, 11th and 17th respectively.

This means that the world’s top three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will be involved in proceedings in a stacked field, this though is provisional so these players could drop out but it is a good sign for the field.

In terms of the Women’s field, it is more depleted with Ash Barty, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina in particular ranked 1st, 2nd and 5th all not involved.

Svitolina has been the only player in action during lockdown competing in the Bett1 Aces but has not entered this event so far.

Other names absent include US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka and it is still not fully known whether they will be involved at all during the US swing. For the former in particular in defending her title.

This means that Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic ranked 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th are the top seeds.

Serena Williams will also be involved though in New York as ninth seed with Aryna Sabalenka next up from 11th spot in the rankings.

Western & Southern Open Entry List:

Rank

Name

Age

Nat.

 

Rank

Name

Age

Nat.

1

Novak Djokovic

33

SRB

 

3

Karolina Pliskova

28

CZE

3

Dominic Thiem

26

AUT

 

4

Sofia Kenin

21

USA

5

Daniil Medvedev

24

RUS

 

8

Belinda Bencic

23

SUI

6

Stefanos Tsitsipas

21

GRE

 

9

Serena Williams

38

USA

7

Alexander Zverev

23

GER

 

11

Aryna Sabalenka

22

BLR

8

Matteo Berrettini

24

ITA

 

12

Petra Kvitova

30

CZE

10

David Goffin

29

BEL

 

13

Madison Keys

25

USA

12

Roberto Bautista Agut

32

ESP

 

14

Johanna Konta

29

GBR

13

Diego Schwartzman

27

ARG

 

16

Garbiñe Muguruza

26

ESP

14

Andrey Rublev

22

RUS

 

17

Elena Rybakina

21

KAZ

15

Karen Khachanov

24

RUS

 

18

Marketa Vondrousova

21

CZE

16

Denis Shapovalov

21

CAN

 

19

Alison Riske

30

USA

18

Cristian Garin

24

CHI

 

20

Maria Sakkari

24

GRE

19

Grigor Dimitrov

29

BUL

 

22

Anett Kontaveit

24

EST

20

Felix Auger-Aliassime

19

CAN

 

23

Elise Mertens

24

BEL

21

John Isner

35

USA

 

24

Donna Vekic

24

CRO

22

Benoit Paire

31

FRA

 

25

Dayana Yastremska

20

UKR

23

Dusan Lajovic

30

SRB

 

26

Karolina Muchova

23

CZE

24

Taylor Fritz

22

USA

 

27

Ekaterina Alexandrova

25

RUS

25

Pablo Carreno Busta

29

ESP

 

28

Amanda Anisimova

18

USA

26

Alex de Minaur

21

AUS

 

33

Yulia Putintseva

33

KAZ

27

Nikoloz Basilashvili

28

GEO

 

35

Shuai Zhang

31

CHN

28

Daniel Evans

30

GBR

 

36

Magda Linette

28

POL

29

Hubert Hurkacz

23

POL

 

39

Ons Jabeur

27

TUN

30

Milos Raonic

29

CAN

 

40

Veronika Kudermetova

23

RUS

31

Kei Nishikori

30

JPN

 

42

Kristina Mladenovic

27

FRA

32

Filip Krajinovic

28

SRB

 

43

Anastasia Sevestova

30

LAT

33

Borna Coric

23

CRO

 

44

Rebecca Peterson

24

SWE

34

Jan-Lennard Struff

30

GER

 

46

Caroline Garcia

26

FRA

35

Guido Pella

30

ARG

 

47

Marie Bouzkova

22

CZE

36

Casper Ruud

21

NOR

 

48

Jennifer Brady

25

USA

37

Marin Cilic

31

CRO

 

49

Iga Swiatek

19

POL

38

Adrian Mannarino

32

FRA

 

50

Heather Watson

28

GBR

39

Reilly Opelka

22

USA

 

51

Danielle Collins

26

USA

40

Albert Ramos-Vinolas

32

ESP

 

52

Coco Gauff

16

USA

41

Ugo Humbert

22

FRA

 

53

Fiona Ferro

23

FRA

42

John Millman

31

AUS

 

54

Katerina Siniakova

24

CZE

44

Kyle Edmund

25

GBR

 

55

Su-Wei Hsieh

34

TPE

45

Sam Querrey

32

USA

 

56

Ajla Tomljanovic

27

AUS

123*

Kevin Anderson

34

RSA

 

 

WILD CARDS

 

55

Tennys Sandgren

30

USA

 

10

Naomi Osaka 22 JPN

57

Tommy Paul

24

USA

 

37

Sloane Stephens 27 USA

81

Frances Tiafoe

22

USA

 

67

Venus Williams 40 USA

129

Andy Murray

33

GBR

 

124

Caty McNally 18 USA

 

 

NR

Kim Clijsters 37 BEL

 

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Author: Samuel Gill