Cincinnati residents have a chance to see the best in tennis

August 1, 2013 by  

Cincinnati, Ohio, residents who love tennis have a chance to see some of the best players in the world, when the Western & Southern Open comes to Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the oldest in the world, going back 114 years. It is the only professional tennis contest still held in the city in which it originated. Both men and women will be playing in the nine-day event.

Novak Djokovic, currently ranked #1 among the men, will be present, hoping to win at Cincinnati and thereby become the first male tennis player ever to win all nine of the events on the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 circuit. He has tough competition, however, including Roger Federer, who has won at Cincinnati more often than any other man, as well as Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon winner Andy Murray.

Women coming to the tournament include Serena Williams, who is a Grand Slam winner 16 times over and is ranked #1 in the world. Right behind her is Maria Sharapova, who has won here before. Other women in the field are Li Na, Victoria Azarenka, and Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli.

The tournament is slated for August 10-18 in Mason, Ohio, about 20 miles north of Cincinnati. It will take place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Tournament organizers could work with brochure printers to create a souvenir program for the event, profiling the players as well as listing times for the matches.