Same, same, but different? The Western & Southern Open starts next week and it's going to look a little different–OK, a lot different.
The co-ed ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier tournament is usually set in the outskirts of Cincinnati, but due to COVID-19 safety concerns, organizers moved everything to Flushing Meadows.
Players will start settling into the New York bubble as early as this weekend and stay put through the US Open.
In honor of its new home, the Western & Southern Open unveiled a clever new look.
The field for the tournament hasn't taken a hit due to the pandemic with loaded draws expected for both the men's and women's event.
The men's tournament is led by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and features seven members of the Top 10.
I am happy to confirm that I will participate at @cincytennis and @usopen this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited. See you soon New York ???????????? Drago mi je što mogu da potvrdim da ću se takmičiti na Western & Southern Open-u i US Open-u ove godine. Nije mi bilo lako da donesem odluku, pogotovo uzimajući u obzir sve prepreke i izazove, ali radujem se što ću moći ponovo da se takmičim na teniskom terenu ????????????
Andy Murray is already in New York and will compete courtesy of a wild card. Defending champions Daniil Medeved and Madison Keys are both entered. The women's field is topped by world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and has 13 of the Top 20 players in the world.
The qualifying draw begins on Wednesday with main-draw action starting on Saturday, August 22.