The Western and Southern Open begins Sunday with qualifying rounds. The ATP Masters 1000 tournament, held in Cincinnati, is the last major tune-up before the U.S. Open. The women's event is held simultaneously. Here are ten things to know about the event.
Americans have done well at this event. In spite of Europeans having won the last five years, Americans have won 10 of the last 20 tournaments. Multiple winners include Andy Roddick (2003 and 2006), Andre Agassi (1995, 1996 and 2004), Pete Sampras (1992, 1997 and 1999) and Michael Chang (1993 and 1994). Top players Jimmy Connors (1972) and John McEnroe (1981) also won in Cincinnati.
Nine of the last ten winners in Cincinnati have held the #1 ranking at some point in their careers. Only Andy Murray (career high of #2) has not held the top spot.
Andy Roddick leads this year's seeded players with 29 career wins in Cincinnati. Roddick is 29-9 in the tournament with two titles.
For Novak Djokovic, Cincinnati was one of the few tournaments he did not win in 2011. Djokovic lost to Andy Murray 6-4, 3-0, ret. in the final a year ago. With three appearances in the final (2008, 2009 and 2011), Djokovic still lacks a title in Cincinnati.
John Isner is this year's top seeded American at #9. Isner has not done particularly well in Cincinnati. He's 3-5 and has not made it past of the round of 32. #10 seed Mardy Fish has fared better. Fish was runner-up here in 2003 and 2010.