Less than four weeks for the foreseeable return of the ATP circuit (the WTA will do it next Monday in Palermo, Italy), The Cincinnati combined tournament (August 22-28), to be played in the New York 'bubble', published its 'entry list', the list of registered participants.
In her appear Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic. And the absences of Stanislas Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini stand out, in addition to the usual injured Roger Federer. A list that must be taken with tweezers, because ATP regulations for pandemic weather have eliminated the obligation to participate without consequences for the ranking.
It remains to be seen whether the Spaniard, who has been seen training on clay, will attend the Western & Southern Open and then the US Open. (from August 31). Or he will start the season in Madrid, where he has confirmed his presence the week after the great New Yorker. His priority is Roland Garros, where he aspires to a thirteenth title and to match Federer in number of Grand Slams, with 20.
However, in the women's draw, five top-ten will not play in Cincinnati: Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina. Which gives clues for what could be a decaffeinated participation in the US Open.