ATP MEN’S TENNIS NEWS • WILDCARDS FOR CINCINNATI GO TO STAN WAWRINKA • JARED DONALDSON • FRANCES TIAFOE • BUY TICKETS • GREAT TOURNEY

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ATP MEN'S TENNIS NEWS • WILDCARDS FOR CINCINNATI GO TO STAN WAWRINKA • JARED DONALDSON • FRANCES TIAFOE • BUY TICKETS • GREAT TOURNEY  |
Three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka and American rising stars Frances Tiafoe + Jared Donaldson awarded wild cards into 2018 #CincyTennis. – Photo by @CincyTennis via Twitter.

 

 

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN AWARDS WILD CARDS TO

WAWRINKA, DONALDSON AND TIAFOE

 

CINCINNATI • A three-time Major champion, Stan Wawrinka, and a pair of American rising stars – Jared Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe – have been awarded wild cards for the 2018 Western & Southern Open. These three players will be part of the 56-player field when the tournament takes place August 11-19 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

 

Wawrinka has reached the semifinals once and a pair of quarterfinals during his career at the Western & Southern Open. The Swiss owns a title at three of the four Majors, lacking only a Wimbledon win for a career Grand Slam. An Olympic gold medalist in doubles in 2008, Wawrinka has won 16 career titles and been ranked as high as No. 3 on the ATP World Tour. He underwent knee surgery last August, and missed three months of action earlier this season.

 

Donaldson had a breakout performance at the 2017 Western & Southern Open, reaching his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal before he fell to countryman John Isner. The 21-year-old Donaldson went a step further this spring, reaching his first ATP semifinal at the tournament in Acapulco. Donaldson, who is originally from Rhode Island, closed his 2017 season by participating in the ATP World Tour Next Gen Finals in Milan.

 

Tiafoe recorded the best win of his career in terms of ranking last year in Cincinnati, defeating No. 7 Alexander Zverev in the second round. The 20-year-old claimed his first title earlier this year in Delray Beach, becoming the youngest American to win on the ATP World Tour since 19-year-old Andy Roddick won the Houston title in 2002. Tiafoe, who is originally from Maryland, also reached the final this year in Estoril and this week reached a career high ranking of No. 41.

 

These players join the previously announced Andy Murray, a two-time Western & Southern Open champion and former World No. 1, as wild cards into the ATP event.

 

The wild card entrants join a field that includes seven-time W&S Open champion Roger Federer, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov, five-time finalist Novak Djokovic and the current ATP No. 1, Rafael Nadal. The full entry list can be found here.

 

The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament runs concurrently at the W&S Open with a WTA Premier 5 event. The WTA field includes two-time champion Serena Williams, defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza, former champion Maria Sharapova, two-time finalist Angelique Kerber and World No. 1 Simona Halep. The full entry list can be found here.

 

Tickets for all sessions are on sale now, including for premium seating areas in the new South Building. More information on tickets can be found at shop.cincytennis.com.

 

About the Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open will be held August 11-19, 2018, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). The W&S Open is the largest annual summer sporting event in the US Midwest, hosting fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries with more than 50 million global viewers in more than 160 countries. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more nearly $10 million directly to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com..

 

About the US Open Series

Entering its 15th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.

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