One-third of the Top 15 players will be in Washington, D.C. all seeking the first August title.
After 2-time defending champion Alexander Zverev declined to play and former winners Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin del Potro and Gael Monfils all pulled out, only 2014 champion Milos Raonic is the lone former titlist in the field.
But John Isner is a 3-time finalist and Alex De Minaur comes in on hot off an Atlanta title.
US Open champion Marin Cilic is also in the draw along with top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, second seed Karen Khachanov, Kevin Anderson, Daniil Medvedev and 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Reilly Opelka, Jack Sock and Ivo Karlovic are all featured.
There are a lot of tall players in this one including Khachanov who apparently might have Nikolay Davydenko in his coaching box this week.
Nikolay Davydenko posts Karen Khachanov's warm up in his IG. Does it mean he has accepted the invantation to join the team and give some advices?
— Maria Nikulashkina (@nikulashkina) July 28, 2019
Projected quarterfinals: Tsitsipas-Isner, Anderson-Goffin, Cilic-Medvedev, Raonic-Khachanov.
Andy Murray returns in doubles with brother Jamie to test that hip on the hard courts.
Last year, Zverev topped De Minaur. As to why the German didn’t sign up:
Sascha Zverev on why he didn’t enter Washington this year, which he’s won for the past 2 years: “They have a new tournament owner. He doesn’t like me very much. He likes other players more.” 👀
— Rashmi 🇮🇳 (@drivevolleys) July 1, 2019
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