Now in mid-August, here we are at the traditional Western & Southern Open (From 2019 August 12th to 2019 August 18th), ATP/WTA combined appointment on the hard-courts of Cincinnat, which is a prelude to the upcoming US Open, the last seasonal Slam that will start on 2019 August 26th.
Men will play the seventh ATP Masters 1000 of the season. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will come back on the courts after the legendary Wimbledon final. With them there will be Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov.
Rafael Nadal, finalist at the Rogers Cup, will not play in Ohio. There will not be Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic and Kevin Anderson. Wild-card Andy Murray, who come back to play a men's singles match since the Australian open 2019!
In the women's singles (WTA Premier 5) there will be a new seed no. 1. On the courts there will be Naomi Osaka, Ashliegh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Dayana Yastremska, Sofia Kenin, Amanda Anisimova and Kiki Bertens.
WTA wild cards will be Maria Sharapova and Venus Willimas, while those of the tournament will be three (for now 17-year-old Caty McNally). To evaluate the presence of Williams, after the injury in the final of the Rogers Cup.
This week there will also be four ATP Challenger tournaments: the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open (Canada, on hard-courts), the International Tennis Championships of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy, on clay-courts), the Meerbusch Challenger (Germany, on clay-courts ) and the Tilia Slovenia Open (Slovenia, on hard-courts).