CINCINNATI (August 1, 2012) - The Western & Southern Open has awarded three more wild cards to James Blake for the men’s tournament and to Sloane Stephens and Camila Giorgi for the women’s tournament. The event will be held August 11-19 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
The American Blake joins countrymen Brian Baker, Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey as wild cards for the ATP Masters 1000 event, while Stephens and Giorgi join Venus Williams as wild card entrants into the WTA Premier 5 event.
Blake reached the Cincinnati final in 2007, where he lost to Roger Federer. He has a 14-10 career record at the tournament, and also owns a doubles crown, having won it in 2002 with Todd Martin. In 2006, the former Harvard standout reached a career high ranking of No. 4 on the ATP World Tour.
The 19-year-old Floridian Stephens broke into the Top 50 in the rankings earlier this month after she advanced to the fourth round at the French Open and then the third round at Wimbledon. She will be making her second career appearance in the Cincinnati main draw.
Giorgi is a 20-year-old Italian who qualified for her second-ever Grand Slam at Wimbledon and reached the fourth round where she was defeated by eventual finalist Agnieszka Radwanska. That result propelled her into the Top 100 for the first time in her career.
An additional seven men and 12 women will earn a spot in the main draw through the qualifying tournament that will be held August 11-12. There will be a total of 56 players in the men’s singles field and 54 in the women’s field for the 2012 event. The current field includes 64 Olympians from 25 different countries
The complete player lists as well as ticket information for the Western & Southern Open can be found online at www.cincytennis.com.