2014 Western & Southern Open Kicks Off

See American Alison Riske in action during qualifying on Saturday.
Aussie Bernard Tomic will be in action during qualifying on Saturday.
Watch 2013 Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray out practicing at the W&S Open on Saturday.
Former champion Maria Sharapova will take the practice court on Saturday.

Kick off your weekend at the Lindner Family Tennis Center as we open the gates for the 2014 tournament on Saturday.

 

With play at the Western & Southern Open beginning, more than 70 players will take the court in the hopes of advancing through the two round qualifying tournament.

 

On the men’s side, play is highlighted by Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios, Aussie young gun Bernard Tomic, three Ohio State alumni., including 2013 NCAA champion Blaz Rola, his 2012 NCAA doubles champion partner Chase Buchanan, and Devin McCarthy, who was born and raised in Cincinnati.

 

On the women’s side, seven American hopefuls will battle for the final 12 spots remaining in the main draw, including Cincinnati-native and two-time NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs, former World No.1 junior Taylor Townsend, and up-and-comer Alison Riske.

 

Not only can you catch the qualifying action, but some of your favorite players from around the world will be on court practicing throughout the day. Get up close to 2013 Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray, 2014 Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka, and former World No.1 Maria Sharapova, and more. For the full practice schedule visit http://www.cincytennis.com/practice_schedule/.

 

Don’t forget to come out for Graeter’s Kids Day at the W&S Open, where kids of all ages and skill sets are welcome to partake in both on and off court festivities. Join us starting at 9am for on court drills and games, an autograph session with ATP and WTA players, and so much more.

 

With tickets starting at just $10, there’s no reason why the W&S Open shouldn’t be penciled in to your weekend plans. To learn more, visit www.cincytennis.com today. 

 

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