Best Of 2018

Best Time to Protect Your Tennis Whites: The Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open is the oldest tennis tournament in the U.S., having been established in 1899. Today, it’s a stop on the U.S. Open Series, a five-week tennis season that culminates in the fourth Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open. Each August, Mason’s Lindner Family Tennis Center becomes home to the best players in the world (along with the loudest grunts), and the grounds become inundated with entertainment, bars, local restaurants, original music and shopping options. After fan-favorites like Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova withdrew, the 2017 tournament was still a show to watch with champions Grigor Dimitrov and Garbiñe Muguruza in men’s and women’s singles, respectively, and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut and Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis in doubles. Outside the game, the food courts were overtaken by Cincy classics like Graeter’s and Skyline (they served more than 10,000 3-ways and coneys last year), and local indies including Fusian, Mazunte and Revolution Rotisserie. And there was plenty of Moët & Chandon and Rhinegeist to get you through the summer heat — perfect for an afternoon watching a ball bounce back and forth on a court, as long as you made sure not to spill any chili on your tennis whites. The Open is back August 11-19, 2018. Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason, wsopen.com.