MASON - July 10, 2006 - Every singles winner of the last 14 Grand Slam events and the last 28 Masters Series events, a retiring legend, the two most dominant players in men's tennis, seven current or former world No. 1s, and exciting youngsters who were wild cards here last year. Those are just some of the highlights of the field for the 108th year of Cincinnati's world-class tennis tradition: The Western & Southern Financial Group MASTERS.
Some of the men expected to compete are the two winningest players in the men's game - defending champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer, and French Open champ and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. If healthy, three-time champion Andre Agassi will be making his final appearance in Cincinnati, while Andy Roddick, a finalist here last year and champion in 2003, will be looking to get to Final Sunday once more.
Also in the field will be comeback star James Blake, top players Andy Murray and Gael Monfils (who were wild cards here last year), and such stars as Lleyton Hewitt, 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, and every other star in the men's game.
Also, the tournament has extended one of four of its wild cards to 2000 singles finalist Tim Henman, who is currently ranked No. 64.
Here is the list of players who've committed to the tournament, their rankings as of the date of their commitment, June 26, their ages, their singles records in Cincinnati and their best result in Cincinnati:
The 23 players directly accepted into the main draw and the one known wild card, their countries and their rankings as of June 12: