Western & Southern Open Announce Off-Court Activities for Fans

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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

9:15 a.m. – Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine High School Day

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.


All Week

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.



BNP Paribas Open Announces Special Events

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 1, 2013 – A wide variety of fan-friendly events are on tap for the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world to be held March 4-17, 2013 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.New to 2013 is a half-hour lead-in show on the Tennis Channel before each day’s play, live from the tournament grounds. Hosted by Brett Haber and Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, Live at the BNP Paribas Open will feature news updates, guest interviews and conversation about what can be expected in the day ahead. The program’s set will feature a news desk located next to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s main stadium, surrounded by thousands of fans. As the hub of Tennis Channel’s tournament coverage throughout the day, the desk will feature regular appearances by celebrities, players and the network’s on-air team. 

In addition, this year former ATP World Tour Pro and beloved tennis commentator Brad Gilbert will host “Beer with Brad” on Corona Day, Friday, March 8, in the Corona Beach House. Brad, alongside the Corona Hostesses, will chat with fans about the draw and upcoming matches as well as his picks for the finals.


One of the annual events that fans look forward to is Salute to Heroes Night presented by the City of Indian Wells. On Friday, March 8, a special ceremony recognizing veterans, military personnel, police and firemen will be conducted following first evening session match. This year, the special evening will coincide with an exhibit featuring the World War II Mobile Education Center. This mobile exhibit houses an authentic and meticulously maintained collection of original World War II memorabilia including uniforms, weapons, American propaganda, a restored 1941 Bantam Jeep and technological equipment of the time.


Over the middle weekend fans can look forward to Emirates Day (Saturday, March 9). On that day, fans can participate in the “Emirates Airline Ball Flight” and “Spot the Cap” promotions, where they can win prizes including tickets to the finals or round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Dubai. Fans can also stop by the Emirates Lifestyle Booth, which will showcase Emirates iconic lifestyle elements, such as Cabin Crew members refreshing guests with cold towels, cups of Arabic coffee and snacks such as dates, chocolates, and fresh orange juice.


Also on the middle and final weekends (March 9-10, 16-17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) BNP Paribas will continue their tennis ball recycling program with reBounces. The first 1,000 fans who bring six or more used tennis balls to the North side of the Superwall in Corona Plaza will receive one free can of new Penn tennis balls.


The Village Stage, under the 19,000 square foot shade structure installed last year, will come alive each night with live music and entertainment from Thursday, March 7-Friday, March 15. Kicking things off will be the greatest doubles team in the history of the game – Bob and Mike Bryan. While they attempt to win their first BNP Paribas Open title, the Bryan Brothers Band will hold an exclusive performance featuring Michael Johns from American Idol, Jim Bogios from Counting Crows and Southern Californian singer/songwriter George Holdcroft.


When fans are out on the grounds, they can shop for the latest tennis fashions from Fila in their retail store or visit the Bulova booth for the finest in precision timepieces. Bulova will also present Tennis Talk, where hosts Wayne Bryan or Bud Collins discuss match highlights with other tennis legends. Bulova also offers fans in Main Stadium the chance to participate in the “Precisionist Challenge” on court for the opportunity to win a Bulova watch.

For the full event calendar visit: http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Events/Calendar-of-Events.aspx.



Venus Williams, Wilander and Lendl at Caesars Tennis Classic News Conference

Listen to the Venus Williams, Mats Wilander, and Ivan Lendl News Conference
from the Caesars Tennis Classic.

(WMA file)


Inside the “US Open Casting Call” at Radio City Music Hall

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8, 2009- Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY — Lines formed all the
way around Radio City Music Hall almost toward Roc Center just to take
part in the USTA’s Third Annual US Open Casting call. Youngsters 12 and
under vied for the chance to perform at this year’s US Open live at
Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Night Sessions of the US Open.

This event was held to kick-off US Open season as tickets to the US Open went on sale to the general public today.

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A very long line begins…

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and goes on…

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After making it into the music hall, participants registered….

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….then waited for their turn to audition in the “holding area”

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it was the celebrity judges table. Meet the US Open Casting call
judges, from left to right: musical artist “Lil Mama,” actor Mark
Indelicato from the ABC television show Ugly Betty and American Idol
season 3 runner-up Diana Degarmo. Participants were required to sing
“America the Beautiful” a cappella. Final selections will be announced
in July.

US Open tickets are now available to the general public by either visiting www.usopen.org or phoning 1-866-OPEN-TIX. This year’s US Open runs from August 31-September 13.

From USTA Public Relations:



American Express Pre-Sale Sets All-Time Record

White Plains, NY, June 8, 2009
- – The first day of ticket sales to the general public for the 2009 US
Open, was the second best opening day in US Open history.  With nearly
35,000 tickets sold, this marks only the second time that opening day
ticket sales topped 30,000 tickets.

The 2009 total tops the 2007 opening day mark, which was a record at that time.  Only first day sales in 2008 were higher.

are gratified that tennis and sports fans view the US Open as a
‘must-see’ event,” said Lucy S. Garvin, Chairman of the Board and
President of the USTA.  “Considering today’s economic climate, the US
Open proves it has staying power.”

the six days leading up to the public on-sale date (June 2-6), the US
Open pre-sale for American Express members set the all-time sales
record of more than 31,000 tickets sold in 2009.