Western and Southern Open 2022 – All You Need to Know

Western and Southern Open 2022 – All You Need to Know
Tennis match Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray at Lindner Family Tennis Center on Western & Southern Open tournament finals in Cincinnati, OH, USA at summer 2011. — Photo by zamogilnykh

The Cincinnati Masters, branded as the Western and Southern Open, is held this year from August 14 to August 21. It is an ATP 1000 and a WTA 1000 Masters event and is held at the Linder Family Tennis Center. It is considered one of the major warmup events going into the final Grand Slam of the year the US Open.

Here is everything you need to know about the event.

When is the Cincinnati Masters?

It is usually held a couple of weeks before the US Open. For the 2022 season, it will be held from August 14 to August 21. Many players play in the hard court event to prepare for the upcoming Grand Slam.

Players also use the tournament to help them gain ranking points. Should they be high enough on the rankings, a good result in Cincinnati can help ensure that theyre seeded come next event at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Who Should You Expect to see this Years Tournament?

Practically every big player who is not injured and who is allowed to play in the United States will be present.

Some of the big names who have already been confirmed include current World No.1, Daniil Medvedev. Rafael Nadal, who has just come out of recovery from his abdominal tear, is also expected. So is Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios who is coming off a second-place finish at the National Bank Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and teen-sensation Carlos Alcaraz are also expected. Andy Murray is also expected to play.

In the womens draw, expect to see Iga Swiatek, the current world No.1, and top-seeded at the event. Also, there will be the current Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina. Other big names in include Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza.

Also on the draw is Serena Williams who will be meeting up against the US Open defending champion, Emma Raducanu. Williams enters the Masters with the use of her protected rankings.

Williams had earlier announced her plans to retire from the sport and Cincy may be one of the last places where shell be playing before she decides to evolve away from tennis for good.

Wildcard entries in the womens draw include Venus Williams, Caty McNally, Sofia Kennin, Shelby Rogers, and Sloan Stephens. Wildcards for the mens draw include Sebastian Korda, Mackenzie McDonald, Ben Shelton, and JJ Wolf. Stanislas Wawrinka and Borna Coric join with protected rankings instead.

Who will be Missing Cincy?

Not all the big names, however, will be present. Most significantly, Novak Djokovic.

The Serb wont be playing because is unvaccinated from COVID-19 and the current laws in the United States do not allow unvaccinated foreigners entry into the country. Djokovic did not seek out a vaccine exemption and has said that he will not get vaccinated even if that means missing out on big events.

Djokovic will also be missing out on the US Open.

Also out of the count are Gael Monfils, Danielle Collins, Dominic Thiem, and Angelique Kerber.

Another big name not in the Cincinnati Draw is Roger Federer. He is still recovering from his hip surgeries but he is hopeful for a 2023 comeback.

Fans who were hoping to see something from Alexander Zverev may also have to be disappointed. He is doing much better since his French Open injury but he is not well enough to participate in the event.

What is Up for Grabs at the Cincinnati Masters?

SINGLES

Winner: $970,020/1,000 points
Finalist: $529,710/600 points
Semi-finalist: $289,655/360 points
Quarter-finalist: $157,995/180 points
Round of 16: $84,510/90 points
Round of 32: $45,315/45 points
Round of 56: $25,110/10 points

DOUBLES ($ per team)

Winner: $297,620/1,000 points
Finalist: $161,670/600 points
Semi-finalist: $88,800/360 points
Quarter-finalist: $48,990/180 points
Round of 16: $26,940/90 points
Round of 32: $14,700/0 points

Cincinnati Masters Records

Many players have set records at Cincinnati. The one player that has won it the most times and reached the most finals is Federer with 7 and 8 respectively. He is not playing this year, but he still has a chance to extend his record should his comeback go well.

Federer has also played the most matches, with 57. He has also won the most matches at 47. Other records held by Federer include the most editions played at 17 and the most times seeded no.1 at 7.

In the womens draw, there is a tie for the most titles won, Ruth Sanders Cordes and Clara Louise Zinke share this honor with 5 each. Zinke has also reached the most finals with 10.

Who is Seeded this Year?

The top 8 seeded players receive a bye in the first round. This means that they dont have to play until the second round of the event.

The top 8 seeds in the mens draw are:

  1. Daniil Medvedev
  2. Rafael Nadal
  3. Carlos Alcaraz
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  5. Casper Ruud
  6. Andrey Rublev
  7. Flix Auger-Aliassime
  8. Hubert Hurkacz

Seeded for the women’s draw are:

  1. Iga Swiatek
  2. Anett Kontaveit
  3. Paula Badosa
  4. Maria Sakkari
  5. Ons Jabeur
  6. Aryna Sabalenka
  7. Jessica Pegula
  8. Garbie Muguruza

Who Will be in the First Round?

Some of the men’s players who are in the opening round include Australian Alex de Minaur, Roberto Bautista Agut, Lorenzo Musetti, Jannik Sinner, Cameron Norrie, Marin Cilic, and more.

For the women’s opening round, some of the players included are Amanda Anisimova, Tereza Martincova, Camila Giorgi, Caty McNally, Belinda Bencic, Jil Teichmann, Alize Cornett, Coco Gauff, Beatriz Haddad Maia, and more.

Big names in the opening round include Serena Williams, Emma Raducanu, Elena Rybakina, Andy Murray, Denis Shopovalov, Sebastian Korda, and more.

Favorites to Win

Some of the favorites to win the tournament include:

  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Nick Kyrgios
  • Andrey Rublev

Bookmakers have also reported that there are bets on Taylor Fritz. Rafael Nadal also remains a sentimental favorite among fans. He is the only one of the Big Three playing this year.

In the women’s draw, the top favorites are:

  • Iga Swiatek
  • Maria Sakkari
  • Paula Badosa

Fans are also hoping to finally see good results from Emma Raducanu. Ons Jabeur and Simona Halep are also top favorites.

Maree cartujano
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