BEIJING (August 21, 2019) – The China Open, Asia’s premier combined men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament, has announced the main draw field for the 2019 edition of the tournament. Set to take place from September 22 to October 6, the China Open boasts a wide range of players who have won Grand Slam singles titles and been ranked number one in the world.
The China Open women’s tournament is a WTA Premier Mandatory event, a prestigious designation that ranks it just behind the Grand Slams and is awarded to only four tournaments around the world. At WTA Premier Mandatory events, the top 47 women in the world are automatically entered into the playing field.
This year’s entry list features nine Grand Slam champions, including all three who have earned majors in 2019: Australian Open winner and world number one Naomi Osaka (also the holder at the US Open), Roland Garros titlist Ashleigh Barty, and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep. Other past Grand Slam singles winners coming to Beijing: defending China Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka. Of these ten Grand Slam champions, all but Kvitova and Stephens have also held the world number one ranking.
The women’s event also features a number of players in their teens and early 20s who have already made significant marks on the tour and will likely generate even more headlines in the years to come. Promising WTA notables coming to Beijing include Aryna Sabalenka, Belinda Bencic, Bianca Andreescu, Marketa Vondrousova, Sofia Kenin and Amanda Anisimova.
Men’s Field Features Six of the Top Ten
The men’s singles tournament is an ATP Tour 500 event and is highlighted by six of the top ten players in the world: two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem and such young contenders as German hopeful Alexander Zverev, versatile Russian Daniil Medvedev, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, and powerful Russian Karen Khachanov, as well as world number ten, veteran Roberto Bautista Agut.
Others rounding out the field include sizzling shotmaker Fabio Fognini (#11), crowd favorite Gael Monfils (#13), top-ranked American John Isner (#14), defending men’s champion Nikoloz Basilashvili, teen sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime (#19), formidable Matteo Berrettini (#25) and the frequently compelling Nick Kyrgios (#29). The China Open is also pleased to see the return of three-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world number one Andy Murray. Winner of the China Open in 2016, Murray underwent hip resurfacing surgery in January and just last week played his first ATP Tour singles match since that procedure.
Tickets for the 2019 China Open are now available. Fans can purchase match tickets at the best price via the tournament’s official website www.chinaopen.com or other cooperative ticketing systems. Tickets for the finals, scheduled for October 6, are available at a 20 percent discount, and a discount of ¥40 off ¥100 purchase is offered for tickets for other matches. Members of China Open Inclub can use 16 bonus points as 1 yuan when purchasing tickets. In addition, a ten percent discount is offered for China Citic Bank credit card or debit card users.