Defending Champions Headline Western & Southern Open Doubles Fields

CINCINNATI, August 12, 2020 (Western & Southern Open Press Release)

Both the women’s and men’s defending champions are among the initial entries to play doubles at the 2020 Western & Southern Open, which will be held August 20-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York.

The 2019 WTA doubles winners – Lucie Hradecka and Andreja Klepac – are joined by the ATP Tour champions – Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek – to headline the early entries.

Other notable entries on the women’s side include the teenage pairing of Cincinnati’s 18-year-old Caty McNally and 16-year-old Coco Gauff. Dubbed “McCoco,” the duo won a pair of WTA titles in 2019 – at Washington, D.C. and Luxembourg – and reached the US Open Round of 16.

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka, who finished 2019 atop the WTA Porsche Race to Shenzen as the season’s No. 1 team, are also in the field. Reigning Australian Open singles champion Sofia Kenin, a 21-year-old American, has entered with former Western & Southern Open singles and doubles winner Victoria Azarenka.

The top two teams in the ATP Tour doubles race are entered in the men’s draw. The No. 1 team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah is returning after reaching two straight Western & Southern Open finals. They are joined in the field by the No. 2 team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

The ATP Tour No. 1 ranked singles player, Novak Djokovic, has entered the doubles draw with countryman Filip Krajinovic.

An additional five women’s teams and six men’s duos will join the fields through on-site entries, while the tournament will award three wild cards into each draw to complete the 32-team fields.

Here are the early entrants into the doubles fields:

ATP Tour
Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) / Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Filip Polasek (SVK)
Daniel Evans (GBR) / David Goffin (BEL)
Cristian Garin (CHI) / Casper Ruud (NOR)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) / John Isner (USA)
Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Andrey Rublev (RUS)
Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Oliver Marach (AUT)
Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Nikola Mektic (CRO)
Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Andreas Mies (GER)
Lukas Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) / Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Mate Pavic (CRO) / Bruno Soares (BRA)
John Peers (AUS) / Michael Venus (NZL)
Guido Pella (ARG) / Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Sam Querrey (USA) / Jack Sock (USA)
Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (GBR)
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
Jamie Murray (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) / Fabrice Martin (FRA)

WTA
Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Ena Shibahara (JPN)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) / Sofia Kenin (USA)
Anna Blinkova (RUS) / Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
Jennifer Brady (USA) / Caroline Dolehide (USA)
Hayley Carter (USA) / Luisa Stefani (BRA)
Kaitlyn Christian (USA) / Giuliana Olmos (MEX)
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Alison Riske (USA)
Sharon Fichman (CAN) / Darija Jurak (CRO)
Kristen Flipkens (BEL) / Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Coco Gauff (USA) / Caty McNally (USA)
Alexa Guarachi (CHI) / Desirae Krawczyk (USA)
Nao Hibino (JPN) / Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) / Andreja Klepac (SLO)
Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Nicole Melichar (USA) / Yifan Xu (CHN)
Elise Mertens (BEL) / Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) / Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)
Asia Mohammed (USA) / Taylor Townsend (USA)
Ellen Perez (AUS) / Storm Sanders (AUS)
Kveta Peschke (CZE) / Demi Schuurs (NED)
Arina Rodionova (AUS) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA)

There are 10 total former champions entered in the men’s and women’s singles draws for the 2020 Western & Southern Open. The ATP field includes defending champion Daniil Medvedev along with Djokovic (2018 winner), Grigor Dimitrov (2017), Marin Cilic (2016) and two-time champion Andy Murray (2008, 11).

Two-time champion Serena Williams (2014-15) will join defending champion Madison Keys, and past winners Garbiñe Muguruza (2017), Karolina Pliskova (2016) and Kim Clijsters (2010) in the WTA field.

Forty-eight players from both the ATP Tour and WTA will battle for 12 main draw singles berths during the two-round qualifying event.