Followers available as Western & Southern begins

Tennis

MASON, Ohio — Regardless of dropping some big-name stars, the principle draw of the Western & Southern Open received underway Sunday night time, with the match returning to the Lindner Household Tennis Heart after a one-year absence, and at full capability.

“We’re thrilled this world class tennis occasion is again in Cincinnati,” match chief working officer Katie Haas mentioned. “We worth the chance to be the primary mixed occasion to welcome again followers at full capability.”

The US Open tuneup occasion was performed in New York final yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are just a few noteworthy absences this yr.

Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin withdrew because of damage. Venus Williams additionally is not going to take part. On the boys’s facet, seven-time champion Roger Federer, final yr’s champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Milos Raonic and Rafael Nadal are out with accidents.

“It is a large alternative for lots of gamers to win this occasion when these guys aren’t taking part in, particularly for guys simply behind them on this planet rankings.” mentioned Andy Murray, who entered the match as a wild card.

Murray, 34, received the occasion in 2008.

In first-round motion Sunday night time on heart courtroom, Argentina’s Guido Pella upset Fifteenth-ranked Belgian David Goffin, a 2019 Western & Southern Open finalist and 2018 semifinalist, 6-3, 6-3. Additionally, Frenchman Benoit Paire beat Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Cincinnati native Cat McNally will make her third look within the occasion. The 19-year-old wild card reached the third spherical of the US Open final yr.

“The Western & Southern has been right here for a very long time, and I have been coming each single yr,” McNally mentioned. “I began taking part in tennis after I was 3, so I just about grew up coming right here.”

McNally is also taking part in doubles with 17-year-old American Coco Gauff.

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