Djokovic, Nadal, Serena enter US Open tune-up

Djokovic, Nadal, Serena enter US Open tune-up

World's top two-ranked male players Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain and women's tennis giant Serena Williams have all entered next month's Western & Southern Open.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia, the world No. 1 singles players in women's tennis, has withdrawn from the U.S. Open tennis grand slam event and its tune-up tournament Western & Southern Open, both will be played in NY later this year, over the concern of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The men's and women's main draws for Cincinnati get underway on August 22 with the tournament being the traditional preparation event ahead of what is normally the final Slam of the season in NY.

Six-time US Open champion Williams is the highest-profile player in the women's draw, which is missing Australia's world No.1 Ashleigh Barty and world No.2 Simona Halep.

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The event will be staged 20-28 August in a quarantine environment without spectators at the National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, where the Grand Slam hardcourt showdown would begin 31 August in similar conditions. World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, victor of the tournament in 2016, is the highest-ranked player on the list.

This year's tournament has been moved to NY due to the coronavirus.

Former men's champions who have entered the ATP Masters 1000 event also include the top two players in the ATP Rankings - world number one Djokovic (2018 winner) and world number two Nadal (2011) - along with Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Marin Cilic (2016).

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