Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been granted a wild card entry for the Western & Southern Open, as announced by the tournament organizers today. The women’s field will now include the top 39 WTA players along with four other wild cards, making it a highly competitive event. The tournament is scheduled to take place from August 12-20 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Williams Adds to Impressive Lineup
With Venus Williams‘ inclusion, the Western & Southern Open will now have a total of 12 Grand Slam winners and five former or current world No. 1 players participating. According to a report by Journal-news.com, Williams, aged 43, boasts an impressive resume with 49 career singles titles, four Olympic gold medals, and a former world No. 1 ranking. This will mark her 10th singles appearance in Mason, where she reached the semifinals in 2012 and the quarterfinals in 2019.
A Competitive Tournament
In addition to a star-studded women’s field, the tournament will also feature eight players who will qualify through the qualifying tournament on August 12-13. The combined men’s and women’s event will showcase a total of 18 Grand Slam champions, who have collectively won 56 major titles. Furthermore, there will be nine former or current world No. 1 players and 11 past Western & Southern Open champions competing.
The Western & Southern Open is a prestigious tournament that holds the distinction of being one of only five events in the world to host both an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 tournament in the same week and at the same venue. This puts the event in the elite company of Madrid, Miami, Rome, and Indian Wells, California.
The defending singles champions for the 2023 Western & Southern Open are Caroline Garcia and Borna Coric. In the doubles category, the titles were won by Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko, and Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. Tennis fans can already purchase single session tickets for the 2023 tournament on wsopen.com and Ticketmaster.com, while multi-day ticket packages have been sold out.
Venus Williams has been granted a wild card entry for the Western & Southern Open, joining a highly competitive women’s field that includes the top 39 WTA players and four other wild cards. With her vast experience and impressive accolades, Williams adds to the excitement of this star-studded tournament, which will feature multiple Grand Slam champions and former world No. 1 players.
Facts about the Western & Southern Open
- The Western & Southern Open will take place from August 12-20 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
- The tournament features both men’s and women’s events, with a field consisting of top-ranked players.
- It is one of only five events worldwide to simultaneously host an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 tournament.
- The tournament has a rich history, with several past champions going on to achieve great success in the sport.
- Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, has previously reached the semifinals and quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.