CINCINNATI (August 1, 2013) — More then 150 tennis matches will be contested during the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, from August 10-18.
The on-court play is just a part of the action that takes place during tournament week. There are nearly as many activities, special events, shopping and dining options for spectators to enjoy away from the courts during the tournament.
Below is a comprehensive listing of the off-court options planned for 2013:
Friday, Aug. 9
5:30 pm - Draw Party
An invitation-only event for 1,000 fans features players from each Tour as the draws for both men’s and women’s tournaments are made in the Grandstand Tent.
Saturday, Aug. 10
9:00 a.m. – AdvancePierre Foods Kids Day
An exhibition match and autograph sessions are among the special activities for kids all over the grounds throughout the morning. Tickets start at just $5 for the day and include the full session of qualifying matches.
Sunday, Aug. 11
Tennis, fitness and wellness tips plus lunch are all part of this special morning for high school students, who also get to enjoy the last day of qualifying and first day of main draw play.
7:00 p.m. – Kroger Family Night
The opening night of main draw play features half price tickets for kids and $8 off adult tickets.
Monday, Aug. 12
7:00 p.m. – Military & Uniformed Personnel Appreciation Day
Special recognition will take place for all active and former armed forces members, including Wounded Warrior Project Alumni. Ticket discounts are available for all military and uniformed civic personnel for both the day and night sessions.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
5:30 p.m. – Saks Fifth Avenue Night on the Runway
The fall line from Lafayette 148 New York will be presented during this fashion show in the Grandstand Tent.
Thursday, Aug. 15
11:00 a.m. – USTA Member Appreciation Day
Members of the United States Tennis Association are invited to a hospitality event and also have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for both Thursday sessions.
Friday, Aug. 16
11:00 a.m. – Emirates Airline NJTL Junior Tennis Clinic
Brian Gottfried, a former Western & Southern Open doubles champion, will host a clinic for National Junior Tennis League participants from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.
Anthem Singers – Talented kids who were hand selected through a rigorous audition process, the Skyline Chili Casting Call, will sing the National Anthem before each night session.
Eat – Fourteen restaurants will keep fans fed in the food court, which was expanded in 2012.
Drink – The popular Corona Beach House returns in the food court area, and additional returning libation options on the grounds include the Svedka Vodka Lounge and Moet Champagne Bar. New in 2013 are the el Arco Tequila Margarita Bar and the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden.
Learn – Cincinnati’s best chefs, including James Beard nominees, will host cooking demonstrations with signature dishes to pair with Mondavi wines in the Wine Garden at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Shop – In the 20,000 square foot retail plaza 16 different vendors will offer a wide variety of products. If you’re after the same gear the pros have, stop by the Midwest Sports Tent, which is air-conditioned!
Listen – During the week, 28 different musical acts will entertain fans at both the Wellington Get Well Be Well Entertainment Stage as well as near the North Gate.
The Western & Southern Open hosted 176,000 fans in 2012, recording a record 10 sellouts over the 16 total sessions spanning nine days. The event drew fans from all 50 states and 19 countries. Cincinnati is one of the last stops on the Emirates Airline US Open Series leading up to the US Open, and often critical points and bonus money are on the line adding drama to the week.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cincytennis.com.