Defending Champions Headline 2020 Western & Southern Open Field

CINCINNATI, July 29, 2020 (Press Release)

Ten former champions headline the players on the initial singles entry lists for the 2020 Western & Southern Open that will be held Aug. 20-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

The initial entries include both defending champions: Daniil Medvedev for the ATP Tour and Madison Keys for the WTA.

Former men’s champions who have entered the ATP Masters 1000 also include the top two players in the ATP Rankings – No. 1 Novak Djokovic (2018 winner) and No. 2 Rafael Nadal (2011) – along with Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Marin Cilic (2016).

Two-time champion Serena Williams (2014-15) will join Keys, Kiki Bertens (2018), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017) and Karolina Pliskova (2016) as past WTA champions in the Premier 5 field.

The women’s field includes five Major champions in Williams, Muguruza, Sofia Kenin, Petra Kvitova and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2019 W&S Open runner-up. Three men’s entrants – Cilic, Djokovic and Nadal – are past Major winners.

The women’s field, which features 39 of the top 53 players in the WTA Rankings, includes seven players aged 21-or-under. Sixteen-year-old Coco Gauff will make her Western & Southern Open debut and will be joined by fellow teens Amanda Anisimova (18) and Iga Swiatek (19) to join a youth movement that also includes 20-year-old Dayana Yastremska. Kenin, a 2019 Western & Southern Open semifinalist who won the 2020 Australian Open, leads a group of 21-year-olds that includes Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova.

Forty of the top 43 ranked ATP players have entered on the men’s side. One teenager, 19-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime, leads five men aged 21-or-under in the field. Four of the entrants from the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings are under the age of 25: No. 5 Medvedev (24), No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas (21), No. 7 Alexander Zverev (23) and No. 8 Matteo Berrettini (24).

The top eight seeds in both draws will receive first round byes. Twelve players will be added to each field through a two-round qualifying event that will be held Aug. 20-21. The deadline for players to enter the qualifying event is Aug. 3. Four men and five women will be awarded wild card entries into the main draw singles fields.

The initial entrants to both fields appear below:

ATP Tour
Rank – Name (Age) Nat.
1 – Novak Djokovic (33) SRB
2 – Rafael Nadal (34) ESP
3 – Dominic Thiem (26) AUT
5 – Daniil Medvedev (24) RUS
6 – Stefanos Tsitsipas (21) GRE
7 – Alexander Zverev (23) GER
8 – Matteo Berrettini (24) ITA
10 – David Goffin (29) BEL
12 – Roberto Bautista Agut (32) ESP
13 – Diego Schwartzman (27) ARG
14 – Andrey Rublev (22) RUS
15 – Karen Khachanov (24) RUS
16 – Denis Shapovalov (21) CAN
18 – Cristian Garin (24) CHI
19 – Grigor Dimitrov (29) BUL
20 – Felix Auger-Aliassime (19) CAN
21 – John Isner (35) USA
22 – Benoit Paire (31) FRA
23 – Dusan Lajovic (30) SRB
24 – Taylor Fritz (22) USA
25 – Pablo Carreno Busta (29) ESP
26 – Alex de Minaur (21) AUS
27 – Nikoloz Basilashvili (28) GEO
28 – Daniel Evans (30) GBR
29 – Hubert Hurkacz (23) POL
30 – Milos Raonic (29) CAN
31 – Kei Nishikori (30) JPN
32 – Filip Krajinovic (28) SRB
33 – Borna Coric (23) CRO
34 – Jan-Lennard Struff (30) GER
35 – Guido Pella (30) ARG
36 – Casper Ruud (21) NOR
37 – Marin Cilic (31) CRO
38 – Adrian Mannarino (32) FRA
39 – Reilly Opelka (22) USA
40 – Nick Kyrgios (25) AUS
41 – Albert Ramos-Vinolas (32) ESP
42 – Ugo Humbert (22) FRA
43 – John Millman (31) AUS
123* – Kevin Anderson (34) RSA

WTA
Rank – Name (Age) Nat.
3 – Karolina Pliskova (28) CZE
4 – Sofia Kenin (21) USA
7 – Kiki Bertens (28) NED
8 – Belinda Bencic (23) SUI
9 – Serena Williams (38) USA
11 – Aryna Sabalenka (22) BLR
12 – Petra Kvitova (30) CZE
13 – Madison Keys (25) USA
14 – Johanna Konta (29) GBR
16 – Garbiñe Muguruza (26) ESP
17 – Elena Rybakina (21) KAZ
18 – Marketa Vondrousova (21) CZE
19 – Alison Riske (30) USA
20 – Maria Sakkari (24) GRE
22 – Anett Kontaveit (24) EST
23 – Elise Mertens (24) BEL
24 – Donna Vekic (24) CRO
25 – Dayana Yastremska (25) UKR
26 – Karolina Muchova (23) CZE
27 – Ekaterina Alexandrova (25) RUS
28 – Amanda Anisimova (18) USA
31 – Barbora Strycova (34) CZE
32 – Svetlana Kuznetsova (35) RUS
33 – Yulia Putintseva (33) KAZ
35 – Shuai Zhang (31) CHN
36 – Magda Linette (28) POL
39 – Ons Jabeur (27) TUN
40 – Veronika Kudermetova (23) RUS
42 – Kristina Mladenovic (27) FRA
43 – Anastasia Sevestova (30) LAT
44 – Rebecca Peterson (24) SWE
46 – Caroline Garcia (26) FRA
47 – Marie Bouzkova (22) CZE
48 – Jennifer Brady (25) USA
49 – Iga Swiatek (19) POL
50 – Heather Watson (28) GBR
51 – Danielle Collins (26) USA
52 – Coco Gauff (16) USA
53 – Fiona Ferro (23) FRA

*Using injury protected ranking