TENNIS NEWS CINCY • WTA STAR BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS AND KUZNETSOVA • ATP • MAC MCDONALD, REPLACES INJURED JARED DONALDSON, ALL GET WILDCARDS

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TENNIS NEWS CINCY • WTA STAR BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS AND KUZNETSOVA • ATP • MAC MCDONALD, REPLACES INJURED JARED DONALDSON, ALL GET WILDCARDS  |

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN WILD CARDS AWARDED TO
MATTEK-SANDS, KUZNETSOVA, VONDROUSOVA AND ANIMISOVA
McDonald Replaces Donaldson for Men’s Wild Card

CINCINNATI • Wild cards for the 2018 Western & Southern Open have been awarded to the WTA’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Marketa Vondrousova and Amanda Animisova, and to Mackenzie McDonald of the ATP World Tour.

These wild card entrants will join the fields for the 56-player tournaments that will take place August 11-19 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Mattek-Sands returns to Cincinnati as she continues her comeback from a 2017 knee injury. The Minnesota-native suffered a ruptured tendon and dislocated kneecap at last summer’s Wimbledon, but returned to competitive tennis in March. A four-time singles finalist on the WTA, she is also a former No. 1 ranked doubles player with 26 titles, including five Majors. Mattek-Sands won the 2007 W&S Open doubles title, and reached the singles semifinal in 2005 in one of her five previous appearances here.

Kuznetsova returns to the Western & Southern Open fresh off her 18th title, which came last week in Washington, D.C. Kuznetsova counts two Majors among her titles, having won the 2004 US Open and the 2009 French Open. The Russian has been ranked as high as No. 2 in her singles career, and has reached the No. 1 ranking in doubles while winning 16 titles, including two Majors. Kuznetsova will be playing the W&S Open for the eighth time.

Vondrousova, who is 19-years-old, will be making her main draw debut at the Western & Southern Open. In 2017, as a 17-year-old qualifier, Vondrousova won her first WTA title in just her second tour-level event at Biel. The Czech teenager comes to Cincinnati following a semifinal run in Gstaad last month.

Animisova, a 16-year-old American, will also be playing this event for the first time. Born in New Jersey, Animisova’s family moved to Florida when she was 3. She recorded her first career Top 10 win in March, defeating No. 9 Petra Kvitova to reach the Round of 16 at Indian Wells. In 2017, Animisova reached four ITF finals, claiming one title.

McDonald joins the men’s field for the second time. A former NCAA singles and doubles champion from UCLA, the 23-year-old reached the Round of 16 at Wimbledon last month. In January, McDonald pushed W&S Open defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to a fifth set at the Australian Open before falling 8-6. This year he has also reached two Challenger finals, winning one title. In 2013, as an unranked 18-year-old, an amateur McDonald qualified into the W&S Open main draw to make his ATP debut.

McDonald is replacing 2017 quarterfinalist Jared Donaldson, who returned his wild card due to injury. “Unfortunately, the tendonitis in my right knee has worsened during the last week and, upon medical consultation, I have made a decision to decline the singles wild card that I was granted for the Western & Southern Open,” Donaldson said. “I plan to spend the balance of this week and next rehabbing at home in Irvine so that I can hopefully play Winston-Salem and be ready for the U.S. Open. I want to thank Andre Silva and the Cincinnati tournament for their continued support of my career.”

Twelve women and seven men will join these fields through the two round qualifying tournament that will be held Aug. 11-12. The current main draw entry lists for both the men’s and women’s events can be found here.

Tickets for all sessions on sale now, including for premium seating areas in the brand 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..

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