Top 10 regulars will return to the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters this week at the last major event prior to the US Open.
The men’s draw will take place without Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s injured pair and top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who continues to depressurize after the Olympics before completing the Grand Slam of the calendar year.
But others, led by Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, who missed the ATP Canada event while recovering from gold medal performance, will get a return.
The Germans have won their third seed in Cincinnati, after Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev is 24 years old and already owns three Masters 1000 titles in addition to the 2018 year-end championship in London.
However, after his success at the Olympics, he has focused on the groundbreaking Grand Slam trophy. Cincinnati will be top tuned up ahead of the two weeks in New York starting August 30th.
“I have never won a Grand Slam,” Zverev said. “But I was one to two points in New York last year,” when he lost to Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini last played the Wimbledon final against Djokovic more than a month ago, but skipped the North American qualifying event to heal his injuries.
He is the fifth seeded after Andrey Rublev of Russia.
Thiem, who has healed a wrist injury for nearly two months, has not yet participated in the competition.
Medvedev is shaping as a man to win an event that plans to allow full complementation of fans at the stands in the Midwest venue.
Last year’s Cincinnati event was moved to New York for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The top eight seeds will receive a first round buy as Medvedev will face the winners of the wildcard entry pair American Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald.
The women’s draw is welcomed back to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, the current best pairs in the world, each winning the top two seeds.
Osaka returned to court for the first time after losing in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics on July 27.
A Japanese Haitian player raised in New York has promised to devote his Cincinnati tournament prizes to Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts to help with the natural disasters that occurred over the weekend.
“I’m planning to play in a tournament this week. All the prize money will be donated to Haiti’s relief efforts,” she said. “I know that the blood of our ancestors is strong. We will continue to rise.”
Bertie paused after his first defeat at the Olympics and came to Cincinnati two years after losing to Svetlana Kuznetowa in the semifinals.
Montreal semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka has won her third seed ahead of Elina Svitolina.
Poland’s Iga Świon, the winner of last year’s French Open, has also returned to the mix after reaching the second round in Tokyo.
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x1)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x2)
Alexander Zverev (GER x3)
Alexander Rublev (RUS x4)
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x5)
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x6)
Pablo Carreño Basta (ESP x7)
Casper Ruud (NOR x8)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL x9)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x10)
Jannik Sinner (ITA x11)
Felix Auger Aliassim (CAN x12)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x13)
Alex de Minaur (AUS x14)
David Goffin (BEL x15)
Christian Garin (CHI x16)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1)
Naomi Osaka (JPN x2)
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x3)
Elina Svitolina (UKR x4)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5)
Iga Świfion (POL x6)
Bianca Andreesque (CAN x7)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP x8)
Barbora Czechkova (CZE x9)
Belinda Bencic (SWI x10)
Petra Kvitova (CZE x11)
Simona Halep (ROM x12)
Jennifer Brady (USA x13)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x14)
Elise Mertens (BEL x15)
Anastasia Pavlychenkova (RUS x16)
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