Cincinnati, Ohio (July 15th, 2013) - The Western & Southern Open was pleased to announce both the Men’s and Women’s tournament fields for the W&S Open which is being held on August 10th – August 18th at the Linder Family Tennis Center 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The player field announcement was held at the Diamond Lounge inside the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cincinnati.
The Men’s draw will feature all of the ATP world’s Top 40 tennis players including the famously dubbed “Big 4″. The Big 4 features the world No. 1 player Novak Djokovic who is looking to become the first male ever to win the singles title in all nine of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series events. The field also includes, 2013 Wimbledon Champion and world’s No. 2 player Andy Murray, 12 time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal & 17 time grand slam winner Roger Federer. The world’s No. 5 ranked player, Roger Federer, is looking to defend his 2012 title and become a 6 time champion at the Western & Southern Open.
The Women’s draw will feature all of the WTA world’s Top 30 tennis players including the 2013 Wimbledon Champion and the world No. 7 ranked player Marion Bartoli. The world No. 5 ranked player, Li Na, is looking to defend her 2012 W&S open crown. The world’s No. 2 ranked player, Maria Sharapova, is seeking to obtain her 2nd Rookwood Cup in 3 years. The world No. 1 player, Serena Williams, is still searching for her first Western & Southern Open title.
The Western & Southern Open established in 1899, is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the United States that is still held in it’s original city. The W&S open is only one of five events in the world outside of the grand slams with events of both ATP Tour Masters 1000 series and a Premier 5 event for the WTA occurring during the same week at the same venue. In 2011, the Western & Southern Open produced a $62.5 million impact for the economy of Great Cincinnati through its capital expansion, tournament operations, and the spending by visitors from outside the area.
The event will be broadcasted by the Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS to more than 60 million people in 170 countries worldwide. The Western & Southern Open is one of the last stops prior to the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.
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