Countdown Begins To Tour Resumption With Release Of Cincy Entry List
29 July 2020 02:01
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev is one of 16 Top 20 players on the entry list of next month’s 2020 Western & Southern Open, the first tournament to be played since the ATP Tour was suspended in early March. The ATP Masters 1000 tournament will take place from 20-28 August at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 24-year-old Russian won his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati last year, rallying past World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals before defeating Belgian David Goffin for the trophy.
Four more former Western & Southern Open champions are on the singles entry list: Djokovic (2018), World No. 2 Rafael Nadal (2013), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Marin Cilic (2016).
The list also includes World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, #NextGenATP stars Felix Auger Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur, three-time Masters 1000 champion Alexander Zverev and 2019 breakthrough star Matteo Berrettini.
The top eight seeds will receive a first-round bye. Twelve players will be added to the field through a two-round qualifying event that will be held from 20-21 August. The entry deadline for qualifying is 3 August. Four men will be awarded wild cards in the coming weeks.
Two-time champion Serena Williams (2014-15) will join Madison Keys (2019), Kiki Bertens (2018), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) and Karolina Pliskova (2016) as past WTA champions in the Premier 5 field.
The US Open (31 August-13 September) will begin three days after the conclusion of the Western & Southern Openreadfullarticle