After its one-year stint in New York City in 2020, the Western & Southern Open returns to its home in Cincinnati, Ohio. There will be plenty of action in store as 15 players inside the Top 20 of the FedEx ATP Rankings are set to hit the courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Daniil Medvedev leads the field as he seeks his second Cincinnati trophy. The World No. 2 made a big breakthrough on these courts in 2019 as he lifted his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy (d. Goffin). It was one of four consecutive finals he reached that year in North America, including his first at the Grand Slam level later on at the US Open. The Russian will return to Cincy seeking his fourth Masters 1000 crown, and his 12th tour-level title.
Fellow Grand Slam finalists Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini will also be in action, alongside Nitto ATP Finals contenders Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Aslan Karatsev. #NextGenATP stars Jannik Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime will also feature.
This year’s Western & Southern Open holds one additional twist. For the first time since the ATP Tour resumed from its pandemic suspension in August 2020, FedEx ATP Rankings points will be added and dropped per traditional methodology (beginning 23 August).
Here’s all you need to know about the Western & Southern Open: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won, when is the draw and more.
Tournament Dates: 15-22 August 2021
Tournament Director: J. Wayne Richmond
Draw Ceremony: Friday, 13 August
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday, 14 August – Sunday, 15 August at 10:00am
* Main Draw: Sunday, 15 August – Friday, 22 August, 11:00am & 7:00pm; Saturday not before 1:00pm & 6:00pm
* Doubles Final: Sunday, 15 August at 12:00pm
* Singles Final: Sunday, 15 August not before 4:30pm
Venue: Linder Family Tennis Center
Prize Money: USD $4,845,025 (Total Financial Commitment: USD $5,404,435)
Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (7)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Daniel Nestor (5)
Oldest Champion: Ken Rosewall, 35, in 1970
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 John McEnroe in 1981; Andre Agassi in 1995; Pete Sampras in 1997, 1999; Gustavo Kuerten in 2001; Roger Federer in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012; Novak Djokovic in 2020
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 23 Peter Fleming in 1979
Last Home Champion: Andy Roddick in 2006
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (47)
Singles:  Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Milos Raonic (CAN) 16 63 64 Read & Watch
Doubles: Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) / Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Jamie Murray (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR) 62 75 Read More
Did You Know?
The Cincinnati tournament has come a long way from its humble roots, first played at the Avondale Athletic Club more than a century ago, to the grand-scale ATP Masters 1000 event it is today. Past champions include all-time greats like Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.