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Cincinnati Masters 2019: When is it, who is playing, when does it start, tournament schedule, prize money and more

Andrew Hendrie in News 24 Jul 2019
  • Tournament information for the 2019 Cincinnati Masters
  • Includes schedules, players, former champions, key storylines, latest odds and more!
Centre Court at the Western & Southern Open (PA Images)

The world’s best tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours gather in Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2019 Western & Southern Open - the last key battleground before the final Grand Slam of the year at the U.S. Open.

(geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

Record seven-time champion Roger Federer and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic - along with fellow ‘Big Three’ member Rafael Nadal - headline the field on the men’s side, while World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and defending Cincinnati champion Kiki Bertens are among the star women looking to make one last impact before heading to New York.

It promises to be a jam-packed and unmissable week of tennis in Cincinnati - read on below as we get you up to date with all the tournament information you need!

When is the Western & Southern Open?

The Western & Southern Open (also known as the Cincinnati Masters for the ATP) is live between August 10-18, 2019 from the Lindner Family Tennis Centre in Mason, Ohio.

Who is playing?

The very best! Take a look at the entry lists for both the ATP and WTA below:


1. Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
2. Naomi Osaka (Japan)
3. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
4. Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)
5. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
6. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
7. Simona Halep (Romania)
8. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
9. Sloane Stephens (USA)
10. Serena Williams (USA)
11. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
12. Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia)
13. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)
14. Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic)
15. Qiang Wang (China)
16. Madison Keys (USA)
17. Julia Goerges (Germany)
18. Johanna Konta (Great Britain)
19. Caroline Wozniak (Denmark)
20. Anett Kontaveit (Estonia)
21. Elise Mertens (Belgium)
22. Donna Vekic (Croatia)
23. Caroline Garcia (France)
24. Petra Martic (Croatia)
25. Bianca Andreescu (Canada)
26. Amanda Anisimova (USA)
27. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
28. Sofia Kenin (USA)
29. Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei)
30. Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
31. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain)
32. Maria Sakkari (Greece)
33. Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)
34. Danielle Collins (USA)
35. Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine)
36. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus)
37. Jelena Ostapenko (Lativa)
38. Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)
39. Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
40. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
42. Camila Giorgi (Italy)
43. Saisai Zheng (China)
UR Cici Bellis* (USA)

*Unranked, using injury protected ranking of 43


1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
4. Dominic Thiem (Austria)
5. Alexander Zverev (Germany)
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
7. Kei Nishikori (Japan)
8. Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
9. Karen Khachanov (Russia)
10. Fabio Fognini (Italy)
11. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
12. John Isner (USA)
13. Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
14. Borna Coric (Croatia)
15. Gael Monfils (France)
16. Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia)
17. Milos Raonic (Canada)
18. Marin Cilic (Croatia)
19. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
20. Matteo Berrettini (Italy)
21. Felix Auger Aliassime (Canada)
22. Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)
23. David Goffin (Belgium)
24. Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
25. Gilles Simon (France)
26. Guido Pella (Argentina)
27. Denis Shapovalov (Canada)
28. Lucas Pouille (France)
29. Alex de Minaur (Australia)
30. Kyle Edmund (Great Britain)
31. Taylor Fritz (USA)
32. Benoit Paire (France)
33. Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)
34. Cristian Garin (Chile)
35. Laslo Djere (Serbia)
36. Dusan Lajovic (Serbia)
37. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
38. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
39. Pierre-Hughes Herbert (France)
40. Radu Albot (Moldova)
42. Adrian Mannarino (France)
43. Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
47. Richard Gasquet* (France)

*Using injury protected ranking of 26

Where can I watch it?

The 2019 Western & Southern Open will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime and WTA TV in the United Kingdom - or you can click here for a non-subscription based streaming option.

When is the main draw?

ATP main draw action begins on Sunday August 11 and runs through to he final on Sunday August 18, while the WTA main draw starts on Monday August 12, with its final also taking place on Sunday August 18. Qualifying action for both tours begins on Saturday August 10.

Play begins from 11.00am local time (4.00pm BST) each day before the women’s final at 2.00pm local and men’s final not before 4.00pm local time on Sunday August 18.

Check out the Cincinnati tournament schedule for ATP and WTA below:

ATP Cincinnati 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
18 Aug 2019 21:00FinalLindner Family Tennis Centre

WTA Cincinnati 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
18 Aug 2019 19:00FinalLindner Family Tennis Centre

Who are the defending champions?

ATP: Novak Djokovic (def. Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 in the 2018 final)
WTA: Kiki Bertens (def. Simona Halep 2-6 7-6(8) 6-2 in the 2018 final)

You can view the full Western & Southern Open champions honour roll below:

Previous champions at the Western & Southern Open (Open Era)

YearMen's championMen's runner-upWomen's championWomen's runner-up
1968William HarrisTom GormanLinda TueroTory Fretz
1969Cliff RicheyAllan StoneLesley Turner BowreyGail Chanfreau
1970Ken RosewallCliff RicheyRosie CasalsNancy Richey Gunter
1971Stan SmithJuan Gisbet JrVirginia WadeLinda Tuero
1972Jimmy ConnorsGuillermo VilasMargaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1973Ilie NastaseManuel OrantesEvonne GoolagongMargaret Court
1974Marty RiessenRobert LutzNot played
1975Tom GormanSherwood StewartNot played
1976Roscoe TannerEddie DibsNot played
1977Harold SolomonMark CoxNot played
1978Eddie DibsRaul RamirezNot played
1979Peter FlemingRoscoe TannerNot played
1980Harold Solomon (2)Francisco GonzalezNot played
1981John McEnroeChris LewisNot played
1982Ivan LendlSteve DentonNot played
1983Mats WilanderJohn McEnroeNot played
1984Mats Wilander (2)Anders JarrydNot played
1985Boris BeckerMats WilanderNot played
1986Mats Wilander (3)Jimmy ConnorsNot played
1987Stefan EdbergBoris BeckerBarbara PotterHelen Kelesi
1988Mats Wilander (4)Stefan EdbergNot played
1989Brad GilbertStefan EdbergNot played
1990Stefan Edberg (2)Brad GilbertNot played
1991Guy ForgetPete SamprasNot played
1992Pete SamprasIvan LendlNot played
1993Michael ChangStefan EdbergNot played
1994Michael Chang (2)Stefan EdbergNot played
1995Andre AgassiMichael ChangNot played
1996Andre Agassi (2)Michael ChangNot played
1997Pete Sampras (2)Thomas MusterNot played
1998Patrick RafterPete SamprasNot played
1999Pete Sampras (3)Patrick RafterNot played
2000Thomas EnqvistTim HenmanNot played
2001Gustavo KuertenPatrick RafterNot played
2002Carlos MoyaLleyton HewittNot played
2003Andy RoddickMardy FishNot played
2004Andre Agassi (3)Lleyton HewittLindsay DavenportVera Zvonareva
2005Roger FedererAndy RoddickPatty SchnyderAkiko Morigami
2006Andy Roddick (2)Juan Carlos FerreroVera ZvonarevaKaterina Srebotnik
2007Roger Federer (2)James BlakeAnna ChakvetadzeAkiko Morigami
2008Andy MurrayNovak DjokovicNadia PetrovaNathalie Dechy
2009Roger Federer (3)Novak DjokovicJelena JankovicDinara Safina
2010Roger Federer (4)Mardy FishKim ClijstersMaria Sharapova
2011Andy Murray (2)Novak DjokovicMaria SharapovaJelena Jankovic
2012Roger Federer (5)Novak DjokovicLi NaAngelique Kerber
2013Rafael NadalJohn IsnerVictoria AzarenkaSerena Williams
2014Roger Federer (5)David FerrerSerena WilliamsAna Ivanovic
2015Roger Federer (6)Novak DjokovicSerena Williams (2)Simona Halep
2016Marin CilicAndy MurrayKarolina PliskovaAngelique Kerber
2017Grigor DimitrovNick KyrgiosGarbine MuguruzaSimona Halep
2018Novak DjokovicRoger FedererKiki BertensSimona Halep

Five main storylines heading into 2019 Western & Southern Open

Who will win - Big Three or the field?

There was a time where the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - along with Andy Murray - dominated the Masters 1000 landscape, but their stranglehold over the tournaments has softened over the last few years, with the likes of Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini all claiming their first Masters 1000 title since the 2016 Cincinnati Masters.

Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are still undisputedly the world’s best three players - their rankings gap over the rest of the field is a testament to that - but over the best-of-three format, others have been stepping up. Will we see a fresh face crowned champion in Cincinnati this year, or will one of the Big Three once again prevail?

Djokovic attempts to defend Cincinnati title for the first time

It was at this tournament in 2018 when Djokovic completed his set of all nine Masters 1000 trophies, beating Federer in the final - and after their epic Wimbledon final, a potential rematch in Cincinnati is highly anticipated. Federer has dominated Cincinnati throughout his illustrious career, claiming the title a record seven times, but Djokovic has been the main main on tour for just over 12 months now - will the Serbian go back-to-back and build up another head of steam before his U.S. Open title defence, or can Federer turn back the clock once more and take home an eighth Cincinnati crown?

And what about Nadal?

The Cincinnati Masters has been one of Nadal’s least successful Masters 1000 tournaments, with the Spaniard only advancing to one final in 12 previous attempts - but he did win that final, defeating John Isner in the 2013 showpiece. However, Nadal hasn’t been past the quarter-finals since that triumph, missing the 2014 tournament through injury, losing in the third round in 2015-16 and falling in the quarter-finals in 2017 before again being sidelined last year. Nadal is cautious of playing too much on hardcourt before the U.S. Open due to his knees - and one wonders if the 18-time major champion’s body is capable of slugging it out on the Cincinnati hardcourts with no break following all of the action at the Canada Masters the previous week…

Can Barty continue magical 2019?

Arguably the biggest story of 2019 so far has been the phenomenal rise of Ashleigh Barty, with the Australian starting the season at No. 15 before storming to the No. 1 ranking within six months, winning her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros and maiden Premier Mandatory crown in Miami. However, after a surprise loss to an on-fire Alison Riske at Wimbledon, the pressure is on Barty to sustain her level as she becomes the hunted. Nothing fazes Barty, but it will be interesting to see how she performs with the No. 1 next to her name heading into the U.S. Open.

Is Halep about to go on a roll?

After winning her second major title at Wimbledon, can Halep put together another title-winning tournament in Cincinnati before embarking on a fresh challenge at the U.S. Open? Three-times a runner-up in Cincinnati in 2015 (lost to Serena), 2017 (lost to Muguruza) and 2018 (lost to Bertens), Halep enjoys the conditions at the Western & Southern Open and has generally played well at this stage of the year during her career, winning the Rogers Cup in Canada in 2016 and 2018. With the WTA field as open and unpredictable as ever, is it time for someone - possibly Halep - to take the tour by the scruff of its neck?

What are the odds?

Check back here soon when the latest odds become available for the 2019 Western & Southern Open.

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Cincinnati Masters 2019: When is it, who is playing, when does it start, tournament schedule, prize money and more

The world’s best tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours gather in Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2019 Western & Southern Open - the last key battleground before the final Grand Slam of the year at the U.S. Open.

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