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Rochester, Michigan native Brad Keselowski earns pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway

 

Brad Keselowski talks to the media about being on the pole, conflict with drivers and social media's impact on NASCAR (photo by Stuart Mason)

BRAD KESELOWSKI PRESS CONFERENCE SATURDAY AFTERNOON

65,162 Brad Keselowski Pole sitter Press Conference Mich Intl Speedway 8 9 2019

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 6, 2019) – Michigan native Brad Keselowski won the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400. The dramatics continued to build throughout qualifying on Friday as Keselowski loomed.

Brad Keselowski was the last driver to qualify for the Consumers Energy 400. He patiently watched every driver lay down a fast lap. As speeds continued to get faster at the end of qualifying, it was Keselowski who proved to be the fastest of all. Keselowski topped the charts with a speed of 190.471 MPH.

“I think the track was in really good shape,. I don’t know if there was anything that really favored up, mostly it was just the team doing a great job with the preparation and executing a flawless lap driving the car. Most of the credit goes to my team for sure.”

It is the second time Keselowski has won the pole at Michigan International Speedway with his first being in August of 2017

Kevin Harvick will start second followed by William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer. Joey Logano held the top spot for the first half of qualifying, but he will start the race ninth. Logano started on the pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400 in June and won the race.

“It was a good day for our Mobil 1 Ford Mustang,” Harvick said. “Track position is really important everywhere we go. Coming to Michigan it is of the utmost importance so this is a really good start to the weekend for us.”

The green flag to the Consumers Energy 400 flies at 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 on NBCSports with Keselowski leading the field.

Tickets to the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 11 and the Corrigan Oil 200 on Aug. 10 can be purchased at www.mispeedway.com. Fans can find the perfect campsite for their families and friends in any of the different campgrounds at the track starting at $130. Fans can purchase tickets and campsites at www.mispeedway.com or by calling 888-905-7223.

Children 12 and under are admitted free on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.

Any guest who purchases a 12 and under ticket will automatically receive a free kids Pit and Driver Introduction Pass courtesy of Henry Ford Health System. Kids can experience pit road on Sunday morning, sign the start/finish line and view the cars and teams up close on race day. Kids will also have access to pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

PHOTO: Michigan native Brad Keselowski won the pole to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 with a speed of 190.471 MPH.

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2019 Michigan International Speedway Schedule

Saturday, Aug. 10    NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200

Sunday, Aug. 11       Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400

Michigan native Brad Keselowski won the pole to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 with a speed of 190.471 MPH. (Courtesy MIS Media Relations)

PRACTICE RECAP WRITTEN BY Brad Kuhbander; COURTESY MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Murray, Kuznetsov issued Wild Cards for Western & Southern Open

Two-Time Major Champion Kuznetsova,
Two-Time W&S Open Champion Murray Join Fields

 

CINCINNATI (Aug. 9, 2019) – The remaining wild cards have been awarded for the 2019 Western & Southern Open which will be held August 10-18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
Women’s main draw wild cards have been awarded to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Alison Riske andBernarda Pera. Men’s main draw wild cards will go to Andy Murray, Sam Querrey, Reilly Opelka andJuan Ignacio Londero.
In qualifying, women’s wild cards have been awarded to Kristie Ahn, CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Destanee Aiava, while the men’s qualifying wild card recipients are Cincinnati’s JJ Wolf andJohn McNally as well as Sebastian Korda and Jack Sock.
Kuznetsova, a two-time Major champion, has been awarded the wild card that had previously been designated for Venus Williams. The withdrawal of Cici Bellis allowed Williams directly into the main draw. Kuznetsova has won 18 career titles, including the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open. She is 10-8 in her career at the W&S Open, with quarterfinal showings in 2016 and 2017, both of which ended in defeat by the eventual champion.
Riske joins the field less than a month after reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals. That run concluded a 14-2 grass court season. This year she has claimed the title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and reached the final in Shenzhen. Just 10 days after playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinal, Riske got married in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She will be playing in Cincinnati for the eighth time.
Pera, a 24-year-old American, has reached three semifinals this season, including at back-to-back tournaments in in July, at Lausanne and Jurmala. In 2018, she reached the Australian Open third round and Charleston quarterfinals before reaching the Guangzhou semifinals in September. She will be making her W&S Open main draw debut after falling in qualifying last year.
Main draw wild cards had been previously announced for former W&S Open winner Maria Sharapovaand Cincinnati native Caty McNally.
Murray is a two-time Western & Southern Open champion, having won the title in 2008 and 2011. He will be making his first singles appearance since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery following the Australian Open in January. In June, he returned action by playing doubles, and promptly won the title at London’s Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez in his first event. A three-time Major champion, the former No. 1 has won 45 titles in his career. The Scotland-born Murray was knighted in May.
Querrey has won 11 of his last 14 matches this season, having reached the semifinals in Houston, final at Eastbourne and quarterfinals at Wimbledon. It was the third time in four years he has reached the final eight at Wimbledon. A 10-time title winner on tour, Querrey will be making his 13th appearance in Cincinnati, with his best W&S Open result being a run to the quarterfinals in 2007.
Opelka reached a career high ranking after reaching the semifinals at the US Open Series event in Atlanta. In February, the 21-year-old claimed his first career title at the New York Open. As a junior, he claimed the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ title. He will be making his second main draw appearance at the W&S Open, having previously reached the second round in 2016.
Londero has reached two ATP finals this season, winning his first career title at Cordoba in February then finishing as runner-up in Bastad last month. The 25-year-old Argentine had not won an ATP match before winning five straight to claim that Cordoba title. He will be playing in Cincinnati for the first time.
In 2018, the Western & Southern Open attracted more than 194,000 spectators. The reigning singles champions are ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and WTA No. 5 Kiki Bertens. In addition to world class tennis, the W&S Open features more than 25 musical acts, 16 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches.
The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament, is part of the US Open Series. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of Cincinnati area charities.
Tickets for all sessions, including grounds passes for select sessions, are available now at wsopen.com.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the WTA. The event has drawn more than 190,000 spectators in four of the last five years, including fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries. In addition, the tournament reached a worldwide audience of more than 63 million people in 165 markets in 2018. The tournament is one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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Western & Southern Open has record sponsorship for 2019 event

More Than 50 Brands Included in Sponsorship Roster

 

CINCINNATI (Aug. 6, 2019) – A record number of partners have signed on to be a part of the 2019 Western & Southern Open.
In total, more than 50 companies are sponsoring the August 10-18 tournament which is one of five professional tennis events in the world to feature an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier level tournament at the same venue in the same week.
The Western & Southern Open is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The 22.6 acre venue has 17 courts, including a 11,614-seat Center Court plus three additional permanent stadiums. The annual event has attracted more than 190,000 fans in four of the last five years.
“The deep roster of partners reflects the value proposition tennis presents by offering a diverse, active and engaged audience that spends a great deal of time with the event, whether viewing at home or visiting the venue,” said Tournament Director Andre Silva. “Our partners recognize the opportunity presented by the Western & Southern Open, from the expansive international broadcast exposure to the chance to have personal contact with the more than 190,000 fans who attend the event.”
Cincinnati-based Western & Southern Financial Group continues their title sponsorship for an 18th year. The tournament has included Western & Southern in its name since 2002, making this the longest running active title sponsorship at a professional tennis tournament in North America. The company’s activation on-site includes autograph sessions in their booth and an opportunity for patron’s to join the world’s greatest tennis players on court to participate in pre-match coin tosses.
The tournament’s partnership with Porsche, which was previously announced, is one of 10 new relationships for 2019. Porsche, the Official Automotive Partner, will have a diverse presence at the event, from on-court serve speed signage to an on-site racing simulator for patrons to enjoy.
Also joining the tournament for the first time this year are Body Armor, Captain Morgan, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, First Watch, Frutta Bowls, InterContinental Hotels Group – Holiday Inn Express, Kim Crawford, Larabar, Motorola and Weatherman Umbrella.
UC Health, the tournament’s official medical services, health care and sports medicine provider, is among the companies who have renewed their agreement with the Western & Southern Open this year. Other partners who have re-upped include Key Bank, Medical Mutual, Prasco/Ignition and SAP.
Returning partners include FILA, the official Apparel and Footwear of the Western & Southern Open. On-court personnel, including ball persons and officials, will be clothed head to toe in FILA gear, including FILA’s new Axilus 2 Energized footwear. The nearly 1,400 member tournament volunteer team will also be outfitted by FILA. Replica Western & Southern Open uniform collections as well as special-edition event merchandise will be available during the tournament on-site at Midwest Sports.
Other returning partners for this year include American Express, Cheeses of Europe, Dayton International Airport, Emirates, First Financial Bank, Powernet, Rolex and US Bank Private Client Reserve.
The complete listing of Western & Southern Open partners can be found here.
The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament, is part of the US Open Series. In addition to world class tennis, the W&S Open features more than 25 musical acts, 16 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of Cincinnati area charities.
The 2019 Western & Southern Open 56-player singles fields are headlined by seven-time champion Roger Federer and two-time winner Serena Williams. The full player listing is available here.
Tickets for all sessions, including grounds passes for select sessions, are available now at wsopen.com.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the WTA. The event has drawn more than 190,000 spectators in four of the last five years, including fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries. In addition, the tournament reached a worldwide audience of more than 63 million people in 165 markets in 2018. The tournament is one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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Seeds announced for Western & Southern Open

World No. 1 Players Installed as Top Seeds

 

Ashleigh Barty in action 2018 photo By Carine06 from UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Novak Djokovic 2018 photo By Carine06 from UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

CINCINNATI (Aug. 5, 2019) – Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Novak Djokovic will be the top seeds for the 2019 Western & Southern Open which will be held August 10-18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
Sixteen of the 56 players in each tournament are seeded, with the top eight men and women earning first-round byes.
Barty, the French Open champion, became the No. 1 player in the world in June. Her rise from No. 16 seed in 2018 to No. 1 this year is the largest jump to top seed in the Western & Southern Open’s women’s tournament since moving to a 56-player field in 2009. Barty, 23, returned to tennis just over three years ago after stepping away from the sport for nearly two years to play professional cricket in her native Australia.
Djokovic will be playing for the first time since winning Wimbledon, his 16th Major title. In 2018, Djokovic completed the Career Golden Masters, becoming the first player to win the title at each of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments with his win in Cincinnati. It was his first W&S Open title in his sixth final here. Djokovic, who is spending his 262nd week as the No. 1 player in the world, will be the top seed here for the fifth time.
Below are the projected seeds for the 2019 Western & Southern Open (bold indicates first round bye):
WTA Seed • Name (Country) Age
1) Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 23
2) Naomi Osaka (Japan) 21
3) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 27
4) Simona Halep (Romania) 27
5) Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 27
6) Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 29
7) Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 24
8) Sloane Stephens (USA) 26
9) Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) 21
10) Serena Williams (USA) 37
11) Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 29
12) Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 22
13) Angelique Kerber (Germany) 31
14) Johanna Konta (Great Britain) 28
15) Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic) 20
16) Qiang Wang (China) 27
ATP Seed • Name (Country) Age
1) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 32
2) Rafael Nadal (Spain) 33
3) Roger Federer (Switzerland) 37
4) Dominic Thiem (Austria) 25
5) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 20
6) Kei Nishikori (Japan) 29
7) Alexander Zverev (Germany) 22
8) Karen Khachanov (Russia) 23
9) Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 23
10) Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 33
11) Fabio Fognini (Italy) 32
12) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) 31
13) Borna Coric (Croatia) 22
14) John Isner (USA) 34
15) Marin Cilic (Croatia) 30
16) Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 27
While the top eight seeds will advance to the second round with byes, a number of familiar names will not have that luxury and will be in action during the first round.
On the women’s side, two-time W&S Open winner and 23-time Major champion Serena Williamsheadlines the players who will be in opening round action. She is joined by three other former champions – Garbiñe Muguruza (2018), Victoria Azarenka (2013) and Maria Sharapova (2011) – and former World No. 1s Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki. The women’s first round will be held on Monday and Tuesday.
On the men’s side, players without byes include three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka, former W&S Open finalists Nick Kyrgios and John Isner, and number of the ATP’s Next Generation stars includingFelix Auger-Aliassime (18), Denis Shapovalov (20), Alex de Minaur (20), Taylor Fritz (21) andFrances Tiafoe (21). A limited number of ATP first round matches will be held Sunday, with the bulk of the opening round being contested over Monday and Tuesday.
The women’s seeds are the Top 16 players in the WTA Rankings, while the men’s are comprised of players from the Top 17 following the withdrawal of No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro who has been sidelined since fracturing his right knee cap in June.
In 2018, the Western & Southern Open attracted more than 194,000 spectators. The reigning singles champions are ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and WTA No. 5 Kiki Bertens. In addition to world class tennis, the W&S Open features more than 25 musical acts, 16 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches.
The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament, is part of the US Open Series. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of Cincinnati area charities.
Tickets for all sessions are on sale now at wsopen.com.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the WTA. The event has drawn more than 190,000 spectators in four of the last five years, including fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries. In addition, the tournament reached a worldwide audience of more than 63 million people in 165 markets in 2018. The tournament is one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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Two Cincinnati natives, Caty McNally, JJ Wolf, given Wild Cards for Western & Southern Open

 

Caty McNally 2019 photo By si.robi, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

JJ Wolf (courtesy OSU)

Caty McNally to Make Main Draw Singles Debut;
JJ Wolf Returns in Qualifying

 

CINCINNATI  – Two Cincinnati natives have been awarded wild cards to participate in the Western & Southern Open.
Seventeen-year-old Caty McNally will make her main draw debut while 20-year-old JJ Wolf will play qualifying at this year’s tournament which will be held August 10-18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
McNally is a native of Madeira who turned pro in April. She will be playing W&S Open singles for the first time after previously playing doubles here in 2017. Last month she made her Grand Slam main draw debut at Wimbledon after qualifying. She has enjoyed success at ITF 100k tournaments this season, winning the title at February’s Midland, Mich., event without dropping a set and later reaching the semifinals at Surbiton in June.
As a junior, McNally was runner-up in singles at the 2018 French Open. The former Madeira High School standout also enjoyed juniors doubles success with titles at the 2018 US Open and French Open along with a runner-up finish at Wimbledon. She reached a career high of No. 6 in the junior rankings earlier this year.
Wolf turned pro in July after three successful seasons at Ohio State University. He capped his Buckeye career with a 35-2 season in which he was the ITA All-American Singles Champion and was named Big Ten Player of the Year. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017 despite only playing the spring season after graduating early from Cincinnati Country Day.
Earlier this year, Wolf won the title at the Columbus Challenger. He will be bidding to reach his first ATP singles main draw after reaching the final round of qualifying at last year’s W&S Open.
“It is a great opportunity to have homegrown talent playing at the Western & Southern Open,” said Tournament Director Andre Silva. “Both Caty and JJ have been attending this event with their families for years. It has been exciting for the local tennis community to follow their careers, and we’re looking forward to seeing them compete here not only this year, but hopefully for years to come.”
In 2018, the Western & Southern Open attracted more than 194,000 spectators. The reigning singles champions are ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and WTA No. 5 Kiki Bertens. In addition to world class tennis, the W&S Open features more than 25 musical acts, 16 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches.
The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament, is part of the US Open Series. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of Cincinnati area charities.
Tickets for all sessions are on sale now at wsopen.com.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the WTA. The event has drawn more than 190,000 spectators in four of the last five years, including fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries. In addition, the tournament reached a worldwide audience of more than 63 million people in 165 markets in 2018. The tournament is one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

 

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