The Western & Southern Open (the Cincinnati Open) is one of five in the outside Grand Slams tournaments where top ATP World Tour and WTA players compete during the one week at the one venue.
Level: Masters 1000 (highest)
Draw size: Singles 56
Prize money: $5.0 million
Director: Andre Silva
Level: Premier 5 (2nd tier)
Draw size: Singles 48
Prize money: $2.8 million
Director: Andre Silva
3 Top Useful Tips about Food, Drinks and Tickets
1. Tickets with a twist
If you prefer watching tennis everywhere on the grounds, then you should know that grounds passes become available when Center Court tickets sell out. The cost is $5 to $50 per pass depending on the day.
2. Top Exclusive Food
There are 14 cuisine options for fans at this year’s W&S Open: Palomino, Graeter’s, Tony’s, Fusian, Hot Head Burritos, Taste of Belgium, J. Gumbo’s, Skyline Chili, Kala Greek Grill, Baba Budan’s, Eli’s Sports Bar & Grill, LaRosa’s, Subway and Montgomery Inn.
3. …and Drinks
As for drink, there are also multiple options. All are open to the public, and most offer shady areas to take a break from the on-court action. They are:
Michelob Ultra Legends Bar – This bar is the best seat in the house to listen to live music on the entertainment stage.
el Arco Tequila Margarita Bar – Home of the signature el Arco Ace Margarita.
Moet Champagne Bar – Enjoy a glass of Moet, the official Champagne of the Western & Southern Open.
Emirates Lounge – Take a breather from the action and kick back with Belvedere Vodka.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden – Sample the best from Robert Mondavi in an area surrounded by LaMond Design’s award-winning landscaping. There are special demos and tastings from Cincinnati celebrity chefs each day at 5:30 p.m.
5 Attractions If You Want To Have Some Fun
1. Music Stars and Fun!
Cincinnati Masters is a unique tennis tournament known not only for its great history and impressive tennis play but also for its attractions. So after the main event there are actions off the court that could attracted your attention.
Take for example the music. Original, award winning bands. Just choose from more than 30 ones!
2. Special events – Kids, Wine and Military Day
During the tournament you are welcome to take part in amazing attractive atmosphere of the Western & Southern Open. There is fun for your family and friend, so just take a look and get in!
Military and Uniformed personnel appreciation day
The Western & Southern was honored members of US armed forces and all uniformed civic personnel with a special day and evening on August, 15.
Organizers give their special attention to members of US armed forces, so there are a lot of privileges.
This year Western & Southern Open, with assistance from partner Electric Events, is proud to partner with the Easter Seals Operation VETS THRIVE.
Open on the Square
Are you stuck in the house with the kids? Maybe you always dreamed them to learn tennis? The best of the Western & Southern Open comes downtown to Fountain Square especially for this. This absolutely free event is amazingly kid-friendly and feature tennis courts with instruction from USTA professionals, good for all ages.
High School Day
Every visitor could test their wine knowledge and taste against 9 master sommeliers as they compete in a blind tasting at the Cincinnati Food+Wine Classic’s Somm Slam Prequel at the Western & Southern Open. This year such interactive event coming to the Open for the first time.
All Impressive Statistics of the Cincinnati Tournament
9 Things you absolutely should know about The Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati Open Tennis Facts)
1. The Oldest tournament or impressive book story
The Western & Southern Open is the professional tennis tournament and also the nation’s oldest championship played in the city of its origin. The championship was played in 1899 for the first time on the site of current day Xavier University, the Open has been a fixture in the Queen City for more than a century.
One day the comprehensive story of professional tennis in Cincinnati was published in a book. Now it published each year, packed with new facts and statistics about the event. This incredible resource includes a narrative through the history, photographs and complete player information of the tournament.
2. Emirates Airline
The tournament is played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, and it is one of the final stops on the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
3. Majority Owner
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a majority owner of the Western & Southern Open, which is one of only five events in the world, outside of the Grand Slams, to host a top-tier men’s and women’s event during the same week at the same venue.
4. Volunteers and Opportunities
Almost 1,300 people from the Greater Cincinnati area and even around the country give their free time to organize and manage the tournament. Without these people the tournament would be unable to make the charitable contributions. A lot of people work year-round for the W & S Open.
The US Open Series event often features an American finalist.
An American man has contested the Cincinnati final in every 7 of the last 13 years. Andy Roddick was the last American man to win Cincinnati, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-4, 6-4, in the 2004 final. Roddick also saved a couple of championship points edging former high school roommate Mardy Fish, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, in the 2003 final, which was the longest Cincinnati final since 1960. John Isner is the last American man to contest the final, losing to Rafael Nadal in two tie break sets in 2013.
6. Prominent Members
Not only a number of outstanding tennis players, tournament has had distinguished citizens in its membership. Just amazing, William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Potter Stewart, Justice of the Supreme court; Neil McElroy, Secretary of Defense in the Eisenhower Administration and President and Chairman of the Procter & Gamble Company! Another member, Alvin Bunis, for example, founded the first senior tour in either tennis or golf.
7. Factor of the fast track
The Cincinnati court plays traditionally faster than most Masters hard courts tournaments and figures to provide a speedier surface and a lower bounce than players encountered on the grittier Rio court.
8. The Main Goal or Donation to Local Charities
Western & Southern Open’s primary mission for decades has been to use the event as a force for helping people. Over the past years the tournament has given under $10 million directly to charity. The championship has donated to the Barrett Cancer Center since 2004. Western & Southern Financial Group Chairman, President and CEO John Barrett and UC Cancer Institute Director Dr. William Barrett were on hand to acknowledge and accept the donation.
“These donations are a testament to the hard work of our staff, board members and most importantly, the volunteers who contribute countless hours each year to the event, which in turn allows us to give back to the community,” remarked Western & Southern Open CEO Elaine Bruening. “The beneficiaries all do great work to better our city and we’re proud to support them.”
2015 Contribution: $200,000
Lifetime Contribution: $8.3 Million
The men’s tournament has been played for the benefit of Cincinnati Children’s since 1974.
2015 Contribution: $150,000
Lifetime Contribution: $904,000
The championship named this Center as its beneficiary in 2004.
2015 Contribution: $42,500
Lifetime Contribution: $809,000
Such project was established in 1986 to provide an affordable tennis experience to children in Greater Cincinnati.
9. Chief Changes
Andre Silva was brought aboard as the W&S Open’s director on May 31, less than 3 months before the event. The learning curve has been short for a 43-year-old Brazilian Silva who spent 14 years with the ATP including seven as the Chief Player Officer. Silva’s ties to the W&S Open date back to 2000 when he worked on scheduling with late tournament legend Paul Flory. His goals in his debut year as tournament director? Said Silva: “What I’m trying to accomplish this year is to really make sure that the event goes just a little bit better than last year, which the staff is doing already, and then take it all in and see if we can continue to improve in 2017.”
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