Event Information

General Questions Questions

What are the dates for 2015?

Is my ticket cost tax deductible?

Where do I park? What's the cost?

Where is the Lindner Family Tennis Center located?

When's the best day or session to attend?

When do the sessions begin and end?

When do the gates open?

Does my child need a ticket?

What items (including food or beverages) are permitted to be brought onto the grounds of the Lindner Family Tennis Center?

Will one ticket allow me to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions?

What happens if it rains?

Do you offer discounts?

What happens at Kids Day?

What happens at High School Days during the tournaments?

Do I need to bring a racquet for the High School Day or Kids Day clinic?

How can I get a tent or a suite at the Western & Southern Open?

How is the draw made?

How is the schedule made?

When is the schedule made?

Can you tell me now when a particular player will play?

When is the first round played? When's the second round played?

Can I watch matches on other courts?

On how many courts are matches played?

Can I watch players practice? How do I know who's practicing when and where?

How does the Lindner Family Tennis Center compare to other tennis facilities?

I'm buying single session tickets. Where will I sit? Can I sit down next to the court?

Can I buy a seat in the shade?

How does a player qualify to play in the Men's event?

How do I volunteer?

When are ball kid tryouts?

Can I get housing during the tournament?

Can I rent a car during the tournament?

How do I get a media credential?

Is the tournament televised?

Has the tournament always been called the Western & Southern Open?

Can I bring my RV to the tournament?

 

Questions And Answers

What are the dates for 2015?

The men's and women's events run simultaneously, August 15-23, 2015 (notice the change in weeks).

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Is my ticket cost tax deductible?

No. Although the tournament makes contributions to several charities, ticket costs are not tax deductible.

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Where do I park? What's the cost?

Parking is provided at the site and is included in the cost of the ticket. Single-session purchasers, as well as purchasers of Mini Ticket Packages (such as the Monday-Tuesday package, the Wednesday-Thursday package, the Finals Weekend package, etc.) park in Lot C and require no parking pass. Box, Loge and Terrace Full Series holders will be sent a parking pass with their tickets. Lot A is reserved for Center Court Box seat account holders and two Lot A parking passes are provided per Center Court Box. Lot B is reserved for Loge and Terrace full series holders, and one Lot B pass is provided for every two series seats within one's account.

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Where is the Lindner Family Tennis Center located?

It can be seen from Interstate 71, directly across from Kings Island, about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Cincinnati. It's about one hour from Columbus, Ohio, and about 30 minutes from Dayton, Ohio. Click here for detailed directions, or try www.mapquest.com.

Lindner Family Tennis Center
5460 Courseview Drive
Mason, OH 45040

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When's the best day or session to attend?

Every fan finds a different day to his or her liking. For both the men and women, there are more matches earlier in the week and during day sessions. As the week progresses, the excitement builds as the field narrows and the players fight to win the coveted title.

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When do the sessions begin and end?

On the tickets page (Click here), under single session tickets for men and single session tickets for women, you'll find the start times of each session. There are no definite session-ending times, as all sessions last until the matches for that session are completed or the session is determined to be completed (due to rain or other circumstance). In general, the sessions which start at 11 a.m. usually last until about 5 p.m., and the sessions which start at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. usually last until approximately 11 p.m. Again, ending times are dependent on the length of the matches scheduled for that session. (Gates open two hours before each sessions starts.)

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When do the gates open?

Generally, the gates are open two hours prior to the start of each session.

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Does my child need a ticket?

Children over the age of 12 months require a ticket.

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What items (including food or beverages) are permitted to be brought onto the grounds of the Lindner Family Tennis Center?

For a complete list of prohibited items click here.

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Will one ticket allow me to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions?

No. You will need a ticket to attend each session. Please be prepared to present your ticket to the usher for entry to Center Court.

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What happens if it rains?

One completed match on Center Court shall constitute a complete session of play. If play is postponed without the completion of a match, single-session ticket buyers will be given a ticket to the same session the following year, provided some conditions are met. Box, series, complimentary and sponsor tickets are exempted from this policy. Consult the back of your ticket for details.

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Do you offer discounts?

A "$4-off" discount is provided to members of the USTA for several sessions, and large groups are given discounts for certain sessions. Please call the tournament (513-651-0303) for information on discounts.

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What happens at Kids Day?

Kids Day is for kids 12 & under and features on and off court activities including an autograph session, face painting, balloon artists and more. Tickets for Kids Day are half-price, and the ticket also includes a seat for the matches that session.

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What happens at High School Days during the tournaments?

High School Days are much like Kids Days in that kids get an entertaining exhibition with players, tips on fitness from Ignition, all geared to the high school player. The ticket also includes a seat for the matches that session. Lunch will be provided by Skyline Chili for those who register in advance.

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Do I need to bring a racquet for the High School Day or Kids Day clinic?

No. Racquet's used on the court will be supplied by the tournament.

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How can I get a tent or a suite at the Western & Southern Open?

Tents and suites at the tournament are excellent ways to host a group of clients, customers, or even friends and family at this world-class event. Contact Shawn Leibold at 513.651.0303 or visit our sponsorship page here.

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How is the draw made?

The draw is made the same way at every tournament. First, the seeds (the highest-ranked players in the draw) are placed in the draw (No. 1 on the first line, No. 2 on the last line and then the others in alternating order on pre-determined lines). Once the seeds are in place, the other players are drawn at random and placed on the empty lines -- starting at the top and going down the draw until it is filled.

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How is the schedule made?

The schedule is made with input from the Tours, the players, television, and the tournament. The international television broadcasters often request certain matches be played on courts from which they can broadcast. The tournament makes requests based on what it feels is in the best interest of the fans.

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When is the schedule made?

During the tournament, the schedule is made daily and usually is available around 6 p.m. It is then posted on this web site and is made immediately available to the Telecommunications Committee (513-651-0303), the media, etc

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Can you tell me now when a particular player will play?

No. In a single elimination tournament, only one player advances and since no one knows who will win or lose, no one knows who will play when.

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When is the first round played? When's the second round played?

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the first and second rounds will be played Sunday (men's only), Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The round of 16 is completed on Thursday, the quarterfinals are played on Friday, the semifinals are played on Saturday and the finals are played on Sunday. Click here to see an explanation.

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Can I watch matches on other courts?

Yes. The Lindner Family Tennis Center has 16 courts, and matches are generally played on several of those courts. When you buy a ticket, you buy a reserved seat on Center Court, but you also are free to watch matches on other courts. Generally, matches are played on other courts until the Friday night session. On Friday night, Saturday day, Saturday night and Sunday, matches are only played on Center Court and Grandstand. (Note: A "grounds pass" ticket does not provide a seat on Center Court, but does allow you access to the other courts. Grounds passes are sold only after all reserved tickets are sold.)

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On how many courts are matches played?

Depending on the day, matches may be played on up to seven or eight courts.

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Can I watch players practice? How do I know who's practicing when and where?

Some courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center were built specifically as practice courts. Watching practice has become a real fan favorite because fans can get so close to the stars and see them in a relaxed environment. An electronic board near the player entrance (on the west side of the Lindner Family Tennis Center) updates fans on who is practicing on which courts. In addition, fans will have the option to view the player practice schedule during the event by opening cincytennis.com on their mobile devices.

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How does the Lindner Family Tennis Center compare to other tennis facilities?

The Lindner Family Tennis Center and the venues for the four Grand Slams are the only venues in tennis with more than two permanent stadiums. Cincinnati has four permanent stadiums: Center Court (capacity: 11,435), Grandstand Court (capacity: 5,000), Court #3 (capacity: 3,500) and Court #9 (capacity: 2,500). All four have lights to allow for night play. The site has a total of 16 courts and matches may be played on up to eight of those courts (depending on the day and the tightness of the schedule).

 

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I'm buying single session tickets. Where will I sit? Can I sit down next to the court?

Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center is divided into three levels: The box level, the loge level, and the terrace level. The box level, the loge level and the first five rows of the terrace level are for fans who are buying tickets for the entire tournament, not just one or a few sessions. Also, there are waiting lists for the box and loge levels. However, please keep in mind that the Center Court stadium was specifically built for tennis and seats only 11,435 -- so even the last row provides a great view of the action. Also keep in mind that the earlier you order tickets, the lower your seats will be in the terrace level.

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Can I buy a seat in the shade?

Yes, there are some seats in the shade. These are available by request only, but there are a limited number of them.  Sections 311-315, rows T-Z are located under a canopy, while sections 324-327 are located in front of the press box, which may provide shade during the day for parts of these sections.

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How does a player qualify to play in the Men's event?

Players in the world's top 44 get directly into the main draw. Seven spots in the draw are filled by qualifiers -- those players who successfully win two matches during the qualifying matches on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the start of the main draw. Four spots are filled by "wild cards," granted at the tournament's discretion. And one spot is left open in case a player who would have had to qualify reaches the semifinals at ATP Masters Canada (played the week before Cincinnati). (Why? That player can't play qualifying in Cincinnati if he's still playing in Canada, and reaching the semifinal of a ATP Masters Series event should be enough to get you in the next big event. It's called the "special exempt rule.")

That makes a total of 56 -- 44 direct acceptances, 7 qualifiers, 4 wild cards and 1 special exempt.

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How do I volunteer?

Call the tournament (513-651-0303) and volunteer information will be mailed to you providing all the details and a list of committees needing volunteers.

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When are ball kid tryouts?

The dates for 2014 ball kid tryouts are May 17-18 from 10 am until 12 pm and June 14-15 from 10 am until 12 pm. Attendance at sessions 1 or 2 (both days) is mandatory for all first and second-year ballkids. A child must be at least 12 to be a ball kid. Call the tournament (513-651-0303) for more information or to receive a packet on volunteering as a ball kid.  Click here for more information.

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Can I get housing during the tournament?

Yes. The tournament has formed alliances with several excellent hotels near the tournament site, offering special rates for fans. Information on all these hotels is on this web site, under tournament information. Call the tournament housing coordinator at 513-651-0303 for more information or to book a room.

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Can I rent a car during the tournament?

Yes. The tournament has formed an alliance with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, offering a special rate for fans.  Click here for more information. 

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How do I get a media credential?

For information on applying for media credentials, please contact the tournament at media@cincytennis.com. Notification of confirmed or denied credentials will be made in writing.

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Is the tournament televised?

The Western & Southern Open is one of the most televised tennis events with three broadcast partners. Audiences can tune in to ESPN2, the Tennis Channel, and CBS in the United States and on various networks in 189 countries around the world. Please consult your local listings for air times. Click here to view the television schedule for our broadcast partners. Alsofans can log on to TennisTV.com to watch matches.

 

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Has the tournament always been called the Western & Southern Open?

No. The Cincinnati tournament has had many different names since its beginning on September 18, 1899, including the Cincinnati Open, the Tri-State Tennis Championship, the Western Tennis Championship, the ATP Championship and Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati.

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Can I bring my RV to the tournament?

 Yes, during the day RVs of a reasonable size can be parked in Lot C.  However, you are not allowed to keep your RV at the tournament overnight.  

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2014 W&S Open TV Schedule

Watch the 2014 W&S Open on live broadcast TV for a record 66 hours from August 9 through August 17.

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full schedule
 
Friday 8/15 11am - 5pm ESPN2
    7pm - 9pm ESPN2
Saturday 8/16 1pm - 5pm ESPN2
    7pm - 11pm ESPN2
Sunday 8/17 2pm - 6pm ESPN2