Qualifications for the Western and Southern Open will begin on 20 August 2020, exceptionally this year in Flushing Meadows at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center one week before the start of the US Open, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic that is scourging the USA.
Of couse there are still doubts about the schedule of the two tournaments: both fot the security protocols and for the presence of all the players, bu mainly about the status of the virus in the United States. In the men's singles qualification draw, there will be many stars.
Jannik Sinner is perhaps the most anticipated: the young Italian tennis player will play for the second time in an ATP Masters 1000. Among the other competitors there are also Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, Alexander Bublik and Mikael Ymer.
Among the women there will be the former Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Su-Wei Hsieh, Alja Tomljanovic, Camila Giorgi and Carla Suarez Navarro, who will end her career at the end of 2020. Here are the two Entry Lists:
Cincinnati Entry List: Serena on the court, out Barty, Halep
Exceptionally this year the Western and Southern Open, combined ATP / WTA, will not be in Cincinnati, but in New York, in order to centralize tournaments on the American hard-courts only in one place, after the global pandemic hit very seriously the USA .
As for women's singles, five of the top ten players in the world will be missing, including the WTA ranking No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and the No. 1. 2 Simona Halep. Out also Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina: five stars in doubt also for the upcoming US Open.
Barty had expressed his doubts as early as early June, while Halep had already chosen to play only in Europe. Andreescu didn't play a match from the Shenzhen WTA Finals last October when he had to retire due to a knee problem.
The absence of Elina Svitolina is not a surprise: she said that she was worried about the situation of the infections not in New York, but in other States of the USA. Angelique Kerber seems not to have resolved her doubts about the trip to New York.
There should be Serena Williams instead. Also present are Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta, Garbine Muguruza and Cori Gauff. These are the absences related to the Western and Southern Open: For now there is no news regarding the US Open, although it could be probable that the tennis players who will not play Cincinnati could also decide to skip the New York Slam