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What's Going On : W & S Open 2015 "Year of the Fan"
Date posted: August 1, 2015
Posted by: email@example.com (edited W&S Open press release)
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams and Wimbledon runner-up Roger Federer will
attempt to defend their titles at the Western & Southern Open when the tournament
returns to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, August 15-23.
Williams and Federer lead a field that includes each of the Top 35 ranked men and
women in the world (active, non-injured).
"We are thrilled to announce the best players in tennis, from both the women's and
men's tours, are coming to Cincinnati in just a few weeks," said Tournament Director
and COO Vince Cicero. "Our event has become a 'must-play' tournament for the
players, and a 'must-attend' event for tennis fans from all over the globe."
Dubbed the "Year of the Fan" by tournament officials, the event will debut free public
Wi-Fi across the 20-acre venue, a new tournament app called WSOpen Now, Levy
Restaurants as new caterer for hospitality areas and concessions, and the addition of
Palomino to the roster of the eateries in the popular food court.
Fans will continue to have unparalleled access to be up close and personal with the
elite players, thanks to a venue designed to promote practice-watching and everyday
encounters with players.
Williams, the No. 1 player in the world, leads an initial entry list of women that
features every non-injured player in the Top 35 of the WTA rankings, including past
tournament champions Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
Seven women who have held the No. 1 ranking (Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena
Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki)
as well as eight winners of Grand Slam events (Azarenka, Ivanovic, Svetlana
Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova, Sharapova, Sam Stosur, S. Williams and V. Williams) are in
the women's field.
Federer, a six-time champion in Cincinnati, will be joined in the men's field by every
player in the Top 40 of the ATP World Tour rankings, including two-time winner Andy
Murray, 2013 champion Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has
appeared in the Western & Southern Open final four times.
The men's field will include three players who have been ranked No. 1 during their
career (Djokovic, Federer and Nadal) and six players who have won a title at a Grand
Slam tournament (Marin Cilic, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal and Stan Wawrinka).
Twelve women and seven men will be added to the fields through a two-round
qualifying tournament that will take place August 15-16. In addition, three women and
four men will be granted wild cards to join the 56-player fields.
To see players to compete in 2015, click here.
Tickets are on sale now at www.wsopen.com for the 2015 event.
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