Cincinnati Masters 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on ATP and WTA Western & Southern Open tennis live from Cincinnati

Live Tennis Staff in ATP 20 Dec 2017
  • Grigor Dimitrov and Garbine Muguruza return to defend their Western & Southern Open titles in 2018
  • Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are also scheduled to appear in Cincinnati in 2018
  • Western & Southern Open tennis is live from Cincinnati from 12-19 August
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Cincinnati at William Hill > live streaming > tennis
Garbine Muguruza and Grigor Dimitrov return to defend their Western & Southern Open titles at the head of a packed field for ATP/WTA Cincinnati 2018, live from Cincinnati from 12-19 August (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The last big event before the US Open sees defending champion Grigor Dimitrov joined by a packed men's field including former winners Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, while Garbine Muguruza, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova lead the women's field: Western & Southern Open tennis live from Cincinnati from 12-19 August 2018.

Western & Southern Open tennis is live from Cincinnati from 12-19 August 2018. Watch and bet on tennis live from Cincinnati at William Hill > live streaming > tennis

ATP/WTA Cincinnati Tournament Schedule

Western & Southern Open 2018

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
12 Aug 2018 15:00Men's R1Lindner Family Tennis Centre
13 Aug 2018 15:00Men's & women's R1Lindner Family Tennis Centre
14 Aug 2018 15:00Men's & women's R1 & R2Lindner Family Tennis Centre
15 Aug 2018 15:00Men's & women's R3Lindner Family Tennis Centre
16 Aug 2018 16:00Men's & women's R16Lindner Family Tennis Centre
17 Aug 2018 16:00Men's & women's QFsLindner Family Tennis Centre
18 Aug 2018 17:00Men's & women's SFsLindner Family Tennis Centre
19 Aug 2018 19:00Men's & women's finalsLindner Family Tennis Centre

Who is playing ATP/WTA Cincinnati in 2018?

After a depleted men's draw led to a surprise winner in 2017, the biggest stars of men's and women's tennis will be back in action in Cincinnati when the 2018 Western & Southern Open begins on Sunday 12 August 2018. 

The second in a double bill of combined Masters 1000 Series and WTA Premier-5 events played on North American hard courts and the last big event before the US Open, the Western & Southern Open is a key battleground ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year and the competition will be fierce, with former champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka among the stars scheduled to join defending champions Grigor Dimitrov and Garbine Muguruza.

The 2017 Cincinnati Masters represented a significant breakthrough for Grigor Dimitrov as the Bulgarian captured his first Masters 1000 Series title, defeating Nick Kyrgios in the final, and was a key stepping-stone on his way to his biggest career title at the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Dimitrov returns to defend his title but will face tougher competition than he did in 2017, with some of the game's top players sidelined by injury. Seven-time champion Roger Federer will be looking for his first title since 2015, while 2008 and 2011 champion Andy Murray, 2013 winner Rafael Nadal and 2016 titlist Marin Cilic all look to reclaim the Masters 1000 Series crown at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre. 

Novak Djokovic, returning rejuvenated after an extended break in 2017, will be bidding to capture one of the very few titles that has eluded him during his glittering career as the 30-time Masters 1000 Series titlist aims to complete a 'clean sweep' of Masters events, while Jack Sock - a surprise entrant into the ranks of Masters 1000 Series champions when he won the Paris Masters at the tail end of 2017 - bids to become the first American man since Andy Roddick in 2006 to triumph in Cincinnati. Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem head up a new generation of exciting, explosive young players and the always dangerous Juan Martin del Potro and the ever-improving David Goffin should also play a significant role in the field when the 2018 Cincinnati Masters begins on Sunday 12 August.

Garbine Muguruza's Western & Southern Open victory in 2017 saw the French Open and Wimbledon champion ascend to the very top of the rankings - one of five women in total to be ranked world no. 1. The Spanish player will be a strong contender to successfully defend her Cincinnati title at the 2018 edition, but will also face very strong competition from a field which is scheduled to include 2014-15 champion Serena Williams, back in action after missing almost the entirety of the 2017 season due to pregnancy.

Williams and Muguruza are joined by other former champions including 2011 champion Maria Sharapova, rebuilding her career in the wake of her doping suspension and looking for the second title of her comeback after winning the Tianjin Open in late 2017; 2013 winner Victoria Azarenka, also on the comeback trail after a custody battle derailed her first attempt to return to competition after the birth of her son; and big-serving Karolina Pliskova, whose 2016 Cincinnati win first announced her as a serious contender on the world stage. 

Then there are those who have never won the Western & Southern Open title but have proven themselves more than capable of claiming big prizes, and would love to add the Premier-5 Cincinnati title to their trophy cabinet. First among them has to be current world no. 1 Simona Halep, runner-up at the Western & Southern Open in 2015 and 2017, and her fellow two-time runner-up Angelique Kerber, who suffered through a torrid 2017 season but will be looking to come back strong in 2018. Then there's Miami Open champion Johanna Konta and Beijing and Wuhan winner Caroline Garcia, not to mention Caroline Wozniacki, who reached no fewer than eight WTA finals in 2017 and ended the season by winning her biggest title yet at the WTA Finals Singapore, all of whom have proven themselves more than capable of triumphing at major events on hard courts. 

The quietly improving Elina Svitolina continues to establish an impressive record at Premier level after winning Dubai, Rome and Toronto in 2017, and explosive French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is always a force to be reckoned with - and American hopefuls Sloane StephensMadison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe will all be raring to back up their successful 2017 seasons with a strong showing at the Western & Southern Open when the 2018 edition begins on Sunday 12 August. 

ATP/WTA Cincinnati Seeds

Check back here for a full list of seeds when the draw for the 2018 Western & Southern Open is released.

About ATP/WTA Cincinnati

Part of the nine-event Masters 1000 Series for the men and a Premier-5 event for the women, the Western and Southern Open is the last major event of the tennis summer before the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year takes place in New York at the US Open. It plays a major role in the US Open Series, the standings which track performance across the hard-court tournaments of July and August across North America and which offer a potential $1 million bonus for champions at the US Open.

Played on outdoor hard courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre in Cincinnati, the only venue outside the four Grand Slams which features two permanent tennis stadiums, the Western & Southern Open’s roots go all the way back to 1899. The tournament evolved from a clay-court event played in and around Cincinnati at various venues and under various names before it took its current form in 2011: The women’s event, originally played a week before, was combined with the men’s and it became known as the Western & Southern Open, codifying its status as one of the tennis season’s biggest events and a key battleground ahead of the US Open.

While many legends of the men’s game have claimed the Cincinnati title, from Bill Tilden in the 1920s to Jimmy Connors, Ken Rosewall and Ilie Nastase in the 1970s, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg in the 1980s and Michael Chang, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in the 1990s, the modern era of champions at the Cincinnati Masters began in 2005 when Roger Federer won his first title, defeating Andy Roddick in the final. No man has won more titles than Federer’s seven, with the 19-time Grand Slam champion winning back-to-back titles for the second time when he beat David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic in successive finals in 2014-15. Andy Murray (2008, 2011), Rafael Nadal (2013) and Marin CIlic (2016) are the other active players who have won Cincinnati in the last decade - until they were joined by Grigor Dimitrov in 2017, when the Bulgarian successfully came through a depleted field to claim his first Masters 1000 Series title, beating Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios on his way to the title which itself was a significant stepping-stone towards his Nitto ATP Finals triumph in November. 

On the women’s side, former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic was the first to win the Cincinnati title when the Western & Southern Open became a Premier-5 event in 2009, and is the only non-Grand Slam champion to date to have won the Premier 5-level Cincinnati tournament, with multiple Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters (2010), Maria Sharapova (2011), Li Na (2012) and Victoria Azarenka (2013) following suit. The iconic Serena Williams took back-to-back Cincinnati titles in 2014-15, defeating Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep in respective finals.

Big-serving Karolina Pliskova's 2016 triumph at the Western & Southern Open foreshadowed her run to a maiden Grand Slam final a couple of weeks later at the US Open, and her ascension to the world no. 1 ranking the following summer, before she was displaced by 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza, who backed up her Wimbledon win in Cincinnati and went on to claim the top spot. 

The best players in the world will again gather in Cincinnati to take aim at one of the most prestigious titles on the calendar when the 2018 Western & Southern Open is played 12-19 August. 

ATP/WTA Cincinnati Tournament Information

ATP Western and Southern Open Tournament Information

ATP CincinnatiWTA Cincinnati
Dates12-19 August12-19 August
LocationCincinnati, USCincinnati, US
VenueLindner Family Tennis CenterLindner Family Tennis Center
CategoryATP Masters 1000WTA Premier 5
Draw Size56 Singles/ 24 Doubles48 Singles/ 28 Doubles
First Played18991899
Prize Money$4,973,120$2,536,154
Reigning Singles' ChampionsGrigor DimitrovGarbine Muguruza
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsPierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas MahutChang Yung-Jan/Martina Hingis

ATP/WTA Cincinnati Previous Winners

Previous champions at the Western & Southern Open (Open Era)

YearMen's championMen's runner-upWomen's championWomen's runner-up
1968William HarrisTom GormanLinda TueroTory Fretz
1969Cliff RicheyAllan StoneLesley Turner BowreyGail Chanfreau
1970Ken RosewallCliff RicheyRosie CasalsNancy Richey Gunter
1971Stan SmithJuan Gisbet JrVirginia WadeLinda Tuero
1972Jimmy ConnorsGuillermo VilasMargaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1973Ilie NastaseManuel OrantesEvonne GoolagongMargaret Court
1974Marty RiessenRobert LutzNot played
1975Tom GormanSherwood StewartNot played
1976Roscoe TannerEddie DibsNot played
1977Harold SolomonMark CoxNot played
1978Eddie DibsRaul RamirezNot played
1979Peter FlemingRoscoe TannerNot played
1980Harold Solomon (2)Francisco GonzalezNot played
1981John McEnroeChris LewisNot played
1982Ivan LendlSteve DentonNot played
1983Mats WilanderJohn McEnroeNot played
1984Mats Wilander (2)Anders JarrydNot played
1985Boris BeckerMats WilanderNot played
1986Mats Wilander (3)Jimmy ConnorsNot played
1987Stefan EdbergBoris BeckerBarbara PotterHelen Kelesi
1988Mats Wilander (4)Stefan EdbergNot played
1989Brad GilbertStefan EdbergNot played
1990Stefan Edberg (2)Brad GilbertNot played
1991Guy ForgetPete SamprasNot played
1992Pete SamprasIvan LendlNot played
1993Michael ChangStefan EdbergNot played
1994Michael Chang (2)Stefan EdbergNot played
1995Andre AgassiMichael ChangNot played
1996Andre Agassi (2)Michael ChangNot played
1997Pete Sampras (2)Thomas MusterNot played
1998Patrick RafterPete SamprasNot played
1999Pete Sampras (3)Patrick RafterNot played
2000Thomas EnqvistTim HenmanNot played
2001Gustavo KuertenPatrick RafterNot played
2002Carlos MoyaLleyton HewittNot played
2003Andy RoddickMardy FishNot played
2004Andre Agassi (3)Lleyton HewittLindsay DavenportVera Zvonareva
2005Roger FedererAndy RoddickPatty SchnyderAkiko Morigami
2006Andy Roddick (2)Juan Carlos FerreroVera ZvonarevaKaterina Srebotnik
2007Roger Federer (2)James BlakeAnna ChakvetadzeAkiko Morigami
2008Andy MurrayNovak DjokovicNadia PetrovaNathalie Dechy
2009Roger Federer (3)Novak DjokovicJelena JankovicDinara Safina
2010Roger Federer (4)Mardy FishKim ClijstersMaria Sharapova
2011Andy Murray (2)Novak DjokovicMaria SharapovaJelena Jankovic
2012Roger Federer (5)Novak DjokovicLi NaAngelique Kerber
2013Rafael NadalJohn IsnerVictoria AzarenkaSerena Williams
2014Roger Federer (5)David FerrerSerena WilliamsAna Ivanovic
2015Roger Federer (6)Novak DjokovicSerena Williams (2)Simona Halep
2016Marin CilicAndy MurrayKarolina PliskovaAngelique Kerber
2017Grigor DimitrovNick KyrgiosGarbine MuguruzaSimona Halep

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Cincinnati Masters 2018 live stream: Watch and bet on ATP and WTA Western & Southern Open tennis live from Cincinnati

The 2018 Western & Southern Open is live from Cincinnati from 12-19 August as Grigor Dimitrov and Garbine Muguruza return to defend their Cincinnati titles, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova also due to appear at the 2018 Cincinnati Masters

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