World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Daniil Medvedev headline the field at the Western & Southern Open as the 2020 ATP Tour season gets back underway following a 175-day suspension due to COVID-19. Normally held in Cincinnati, this year’s tournament will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York in the week leading into the US Open.
Two years ago at the Western & Southern Open, Djokovic became the first player in history to complete the Career Golden Masters, claiming the one title missing from his ATP Masters 1000 collection with victory over Roger Federer in the final. The Serbian has also enjoyed success at Flushing Meadows, winning the US Open title three times.
Medvedev enjoyed a summer to remember in 2019, with four straight finals in North America. Following runner-up finishes in Washington (l. to Kyrgios) and Montreal (l. to Nadal), the Russian celebrated his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati. He continued his run by reaching the final at the US Open, where he rallied from two sets down in a memorable final before falling to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
The 2020 Western & Southern Open will also feature Top 10 stars Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin.
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.
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Tournament Dates: 22-29 August 2020
Tournament Director: J. Wayne Richmond
Draw Ceremony: Thursday, 20 August
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Thursday, 20 August – Friday. 21 August at 11:00am
* Main draw: Saturday, 22 August – Wednesday, 26 August, 11:00am & 5:00pm
* Semi-finals: Thursday, 27 August, doubles at 12:00pm, singles not before 3:00pm
* Doubles final: Friday, 28 August at 2:00pm
* Singles final: Friday, 28 August not before 4:00pm
Venue: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Prize Money: USD $4,222,190 (Total Financial Commitment: USD $4,674,780)
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
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 23 Peter Fleming in 1979
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (47)
Singles:  Daniil Medvedev (RUS) d  David Goffin (BEL) 76(3) 64 Read & Watch
Doubles: Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Filip Polasek (SVK) d  Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert Farah (COL) 46 64 10-6 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. This will mark the fifth time since the tournament began in 1899 that it will not be held in the Cincinnati area. Indianapolis hosted the event in 1914, 1917 and 1919, and in 1920 the tournament was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.