Cincinnati, Ohio – In a little less than a month the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world will be taking center court in Cincinnati. Located in the suburbs of Mason, Ohio, the Linder Family Tennis Center plays host to the Western & Southern Open. The Open didn’t magically become the massive Masters 1000 series event is today overnight. Originally starting all the way back in 1899, the Cincinnati tournament has changed locations and titles several times. Some of the more notable Cincinnati locations that hosted the still youthful tournament included: Avondale Athletic Club, Cincinnati Tennis Club, and Coney Island.
In 1979 a long term solution came to fruition when a permanent stadium was constructed in Mason to house the tournament. Prior to 1979, the tournament court surface was exclusively clay but switched over to hard-court when the new stadium was built. With a Center Court already established the tournament later built two other stadium style courts: Grandstand Court and Court 3.
In 2002 the Western & Southern Financial Group took over as the primary sponsor to the tournament. In the last ten years the tournament has grown to new heights, upgrading and expanding multiple times. In 2010 the tournament added a fourth permanent stadium style court. The event now features a total of 16 courts, including four tennis stadiums — Center Court, Grandstand Court, Court 4 and Court 9 (formerly known as Court 3). The Cincinnati tournament is the only venue that features more than two permanent stadiums outside of the 4 major grand slams.
Midwest Sports is a proud partner of the Western & Southern Open. This will be our 10th year at the tournament. Midwest Sports sales generated at the event account for over 1 million in donations to local charities.