Qualifying fields announced in Cincinnati

July 24, 2019 04:19 PM

Players who have won a total of 11 tour titles this season are among the entrants into the qualifying tournament for the 2019 Western & Southern Open. The qualifying event will take place over First Watch Opening Weekend, Aug. 10-11, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

A total of 15 players—seven women and eight men—will advance out of the two-round qualifying tournament into the 56-player main-draw fields for the Western & Southern Open.

The winners of seven ATP titles—Nicolas Jarry (Bastad), Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba), Feliciano Lopez (Queen’s), Reilly Opelka (New York), Tennys Sandgren (Auckland), Lorenzo Sonego (Antalya) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Montpellier)—will be joined by four WTA champions—Polona Hercog (Lugano), Alison Riske (‘s-Hertogenbosch), Elena Rybakina (Bucharest) and Yafan Wang (Acapulco)—in the qualifying fields.

In addition, players in the qualifying fields have combined to reach another 14 tour-level finals in 2019. The women’s field also features a duo coming off deep runs at Wimbledon in semifinalist Barbora Strycova and quarterfinalist Riske.

“The qualifying tournament often provides some of the most compelling action because there is a lot on the line for these players who are battling to reach the main draw,” said Western & Southern Tournament Director Andre Silva. “We think these two days are a great opportunity for our fans to not only see these matches across eight courts but also provide a chance to get up-close-and-personal to main-draw competitors who are practicing across the other nine courts.”

Tickets for First Watch Opening Weekend start at $14. Tickets for these and all other sessions of the tournament are on sale now at wsopen.com.

Below are the initial player entry lists for the qualifying fields for the 2019 tournament:

WTA Rank • Name (Nationality) Age ATP Rank • Name (Nationality) Age
32 Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 33 38 Nicolas Jarry (Chile) 23
35 Shuai Zhang (China) 30 43 Jordan Thompson (Australia) 25
37 Alison Riske (USA) 29 44 Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) 22
43 Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) 26 45 Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 31
44 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 28 46 Ugo Humbert (France) 21
45 Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 25 49 Joao Sousa (Portugal) 30
48 Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) 24 50 Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 27
49 Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) 21 52 Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) 24
50 Kristina Mladenovic (France) 26 54 Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) 23
53 Alize Cornet (France) 29 55 Dan Evans (Great Britain) 29
54 Polona Hercog (Slovenia) 28 56 Juan Ignacio Londero (Argentina) 25
55 Veronika Kudermetova (Russia) 22 57 Reilly Opelka (USA) 21
57 Margarita Gasparyan (Russia) 24 59 Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) 28
58 Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania) 31 60 Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 37
59 Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) 24 61 John Millman (Australia) 30
60 Magda Linette (Poland) 27 62 Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 30
61 Iga Swiatek (Poland) 18 66 Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia) 19
64 Anastasia Potapova (Russia) 18 67 Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 28
65 Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) 20 68 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 34
67 Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) 25 69 Casper Ruud (Norway) 20
68 Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 34 70 Tennys Sandgren (USA) 28
69 Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 26 71 Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) 22
70 Rebecca Peterson (Sweden) 23 72 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 35
71 Tatjana Maria (Germany) 31 73 Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) 23
73 Lauren Davis (USA) 25  
74 Bernarda Pera (USA) 24  
76 Jennifer Brady (USA) 24  

Four players will be added to each of these fields through wild-card entries.

In 2018, the Western & Southern Open attracted more than 194,000 spectators. The reigning singles champions are ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and WTA No. 5 Kiki Bertens. In addition to the tennis, the W&S Open features more than 50 musical acts, 20 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches.
The Western & Southern Open is an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier 5 tournament and is a member of the US Open Series. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of charities in the Cincinnati area.