The top 10 regulars will return to the ATP and WTA Masters in Cincinnati this week in the last major event before the US Open.
The men’s draw will take place without the injured pair of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and lead Novak Djokovic, who continues to depressurize after the Olympics before completing the Grand Slam of the calendar year.
But others, led by Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, who missed the ATP Canada event while recovering from a gold medal, will get a comeback.
The Germans won their third seed in Cincinnati, after Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev is 24 and already holds three Masters 1000 titles in addition to the 2018 end-of-year championship in London.
However, after his success at the Olympics, he focused on the revolutionary Grand Slam trophy. Cincinnati will be on top ahead of the two weeks in New York starting August 30.
“I have never won a Grand Slam,” Zverev said. “But I was a point or two away in New York last year,” when he lost to Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini played in the Wimbledon final against Djokovic more than a month ago, but skipped the North American qualifier to treat his injuries.
He is the fifth favorite after Russian Andrey Rublev.
Thiem, who has recovered from a wrist injury for nearly two months, has yet to compete.
Medvedev is shaping up as a man to win an event that plans to allow full complementarity of fans in the stands at the Midwest site.
Last year’s Cincinnati event was moved to New York City for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The top eight seeds will receive a first-round buyout as Medvedev takes on the wildcard entry pair winners of the United States Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald.
The women’s draw goes to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, the current top pairs in the world, each winning the top two seeds.
Osaka returned to court for the first time after losing in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics on July 27.
A Japanese Haitian player raised in New York has pledged to dedicate his Cincinnati tournament prizes to Haiti’s relief efforts to tackle natural disasters that struck this weekend.
“I plan to participate in a tournament this week. All the prize money will be donated to Haiti’s relief efforts, ”she said. “I know the blood of our ancestors is strong. We will continue to climb. “
Bertie took a break from her first loss at the Olympics and came to Cincinnati two years after losing to Svetlana Kuznetowa in the semifinals.
Montreal semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka won her third seed ahead of Elina Svitolina.
Polish Iga Świon, winner of Roland Garros last year, also returned to the game after reaching the second round in Tokyo.
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x1)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x2)
Alexander Zverev (GER x3)
Alexandre Rublev (RUS x4)
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x5)
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x6)
Pablo Carreño Basta (ESP x7)
Casper Ruud (NOR x8)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL x9)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x10)
Sinful Jannik (ITA x11)
Félix Auger Aliassim (CAN x12)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x13)
Alex de Minaur (AUS x14)
David Goffin (BEL x15)
Christian Garin (CHI x16)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1)
Naomi Osaka (JPN x2)
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x3)
Elina Svitolina (UKR x4)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5)
Iga wifion (POL x6)
Bianca Andreesque (CAN x7)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP x8)
Barbora Czechkova (CZE x9)
Belinda Bencic (SWI x10)
Petra Kvitova (CZE x11)
Simona Halep (ROM x12)
Jennifer Brady (United States x13)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x14)
Elise Mertens (BEL x15)
Anastasia Pavlychenkova (RUS x16)
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