Djokovic, Nadal and Serena enter as a tune-up for the U.S.

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

30th Jul, 2020. 12:43 am

Past champions Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, and Serena Williams have all entered the Western & Southern Open in New York next month and will act as a tune-up for the United States open, on Wednesday, tournament organizers said.

Organizers of the 20-28 August event, which this year was moved from Cincinnati due to COVID-19, said defending champions Daniil Medvedev and Madison Keys are also among the initial entries.

The ATP Masters 1000 tournament will be the first one on the men’s calendar since the play was interrupted due to the virus in March.

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Many early men’s entries, including 40 of the top 43 ranked ATP players, include world number three Dominic Thiem, 2017 champion Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic (2016).

World number three Karolina Pliskova, who won the event in 2016, is the highest-ranked female player who will include 39 of the world’s top 53 players.

WTA Tour for women will mark Monday’s return of the professional circuit with the Palermo Ladies Open in the Sicilian capital.

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