CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be back in Mason to defend their titles at the Western & Southern Open in August. The 2015 field, announced on Thursday, includes the top 35 ranked men and women in the world.
"We are thrilled to announce the best players in tennis, from both the women's and men's tours, are coming to Cincinnati in just a few weeks," said Tournament Director and COO Vince Cicero. "Our event has become a 'must-play' tournament for the players, and a 'must-attend' event for tennis fans from all over the globe."
Serena Williams, the No. 1 player in the world, will be joined by other women who have previously held the No. 1 ranking such as Azarenka,
Ivanovic, Jankovic, Sharapova, Venus Williams and Wozniacki.
Federer, a six-time champion in Cincinnati, will be joined in the men's field by every player in the Top 40 of the ATP World Tour rankings, including two-time winner Andy Murray, 2013 champion Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has appeared in the Western & Southern Open final four times, but has never won.
Dubbed the "Year of the Fan" by tournament officials, the event will debut free public Wi-Fi across the 20-acre venue, a new tournament app called WSOpen Now, Levy Restaurants as new caterer for hospitality areas and concessions, and the addition of Palomino to the roster of the eateries in the popular food court.
Tournament officials also announced a multi-million dollar agreement with their sponsor, Western & Southern, that extends their partnership through 2017. This year's tournament returns to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, August 15-23.