Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open Returns to the Lindner Family Tennis Center

The annual event begins Aug. 10 and continues through Aug. 18

click to enlarge Western & Southern Open - Photo: Ben Solomon/W&S Open
Photo: Ben Solomon/W&S Open
Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open returns to the Lindner Family Tennis Center for its 120th year Aug. 10-18 for a can’t-miss occasion for Serena Williams superfreaks or just casual fans who want a reason to wear their preppiest polo shirts and see who the first player is to devolve into a racket-smashing temper tantrum.

The oldest tennis tournament to be played in its original city, the first ball to hit the court in the W&S Open (originally the Cincinnati Masters) was in 1899, when the matches were held at the current-day site of Xavier University. Today, the Mason-based open features eight days of men’s and women’s tennis matches, with players competing for gold and $5 million and $2.8 million in prize money, respectively. Over 100 players will play, including Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. 

It just may be the sporting event of the year in Cincinnati, but there’s still plenty to do, eat and see even if your knowledge of Tennis doesn’t extend beyond “playing” it on the Nintendo Wii in the mid-aughts. Take a break between matches at the Rhinegeist Brew Balcony or Moet Champagne Bar, grab a bite to eat from Queen City eateries like Montgomery Inn, Mazunte, Skyline and Revolution Rotisserie and hear daily live music from acts like Jess Lamb and Elementree Livity Project. There will also be a retail shopping plaza.

Tickets start at $10. Tickets and more information:

Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.

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