Western & Southern Open announces wild card entrants
Wednesday afternoon tournament officials announced the wild card recipients for the Western & Southern Open, headlined by two-time men’s finalist Mardy Fish and 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist CoCo Vandeweghe.
Fish is joined by fellow Americans Rajeev Ram, Bjorn Frantangelo, and Jared Donaldson who also received wild cards into the main draw. Vandeweghe is joined in the main draw by Pittsburgh native Alison Riske and WTA veteran Daniela Hantuchova.
American youngsters Francis Tiafoe, Ryan Harrison, and Stefan Kozlov were awarded wild cards in men’s qualifying draw while Vicky Duval, Taylor Townsend, Sachia Vickery, Louisa Chirico, and Cincinnati native Nicole Gibbs were awarded wild cards into the women’s qualifying draw. Seven men and twelve women will advance through to the main draw from the qualifying tournaments, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
Mardy Fish, 33, announced early this summer that he would retire after the 2015 US Open in September after missing after missing all of the 2014 season due to health concerns. Fish is a two-time W&S Open finalist, losing to Andy Roddick in 2003 and Roger Federer in 2010.
CoCo Vandeweghe, 23, is currently ranked 44th in the WTA standings after a strong run at Wimbledon, where she reached the quarterfinals. The former UCLA standout will look to continue her strong performance in 2015 as she climbs the rankings.
Frances Tiafoe, 17, is the youngest player ranked in the Top 300 of the ATP Rankings at 273 after turning professional at the beginning of 2015. He recently won the USTA Boys’ 18 title earning him a wild card into the US Open main draw.
Vicky Duval, 19, is playing her first tournament since being diagnosed and overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June of 2014. Duval stormed on to the WTA scene after upsetting 11 seed Sam Stosur in the first round of the 2013 US Open tournament.
The Western & Southern Open will be held Aug. 15-23, 2015, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, with qualifying taking place on Aug. 15 and 16. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association and the one of the final preparatory tournament before the US Open.