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The Western & Southern Open takes many hours of planning and work to be successful!  It is no easy task, but thanks to the 1300 plus volunteers who join the team each year, it continues to grow as one of the world’s premier tennis events!

The hours of volunteer service are not only helping the tournament, but assist the tournament in our continued efforts to raise money for the benefit of the following charities - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, UC Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for Inner City Youth.

The following information outlines the requirements, opportunities and benefits of volunteering. 

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How to become a Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements

Joining our volunteer team requires hard work, dedication and a commitment to the tournament.  As a volunteer you will need to meet the following requirements.

  • Work a minimum of  5 shifts
  • Be available for training and uniform pick-up at the Volunteer Party (highly recommended) scheduled for Saturday, July 29 from 9am – noon or make arrangements with your chairperson to obtain the necessary training to learn your volunteer responsibilities.  Additional opportunities to pick up your credential and uniform are August 1 and 8 from 8:30AM-7PM.  
  • Follow all rules and guidelines set forth by the tournament.  Under no circumstance are volunteers to seek a picture or autograph of a player while working as a volunteer.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times while acting in a tournament capacity.
  • Arrive promptly to your scheduled shifts and stay for the duration of your shift.
  • Be a goodwill ambassador at the tournament while on and off duty.
  • Submit a volunteer application, and sign an accredidation policy.


Volunteer Opportunities:

The tournament has 34 volunteer committees as well as over 1300 volunteers that play an integral role in our ability to put on this event.  While not all committees require new volunteers each year, several committees have openings for the 2017 tournament.

Click Here for a complete listing of our volunteer committees and their anticipated needs for new volunteers for this year.


Volunteer Benefits


Volunteering has benefits! Not only will you get the personal pride and excitement of being involved with the tournament, you also will receive the following benefits:

Qualifier Level – Work 5-6 shifts you receive:

  • Two tournament volunteer shirts and hat by Fila.
  • Exclusive souvenir volunteer pin.
  • Two tickets to one of the following sessions:
    • Qualifier session, Saturday, August 12 or
    • Sunday,  August 13, day session or
    • Sunday,  August 13, evening, session
  • Access to the Volunteer Lounge area which includes complimentary light snacks and refreshments.
  • Opportunity to purchase 1 - $50 meal allowance card at a reduced price of $25 to be used for the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the food establishments throughout the tournament grounds.
  • Complimentary volunteer parking in a dedicated area.
  • Volunteer picture credential.
  • Discount in the merchandise tent during the volunteer sale held on the final day of the tournament - Sunday, August 21.  Time -TBD
  • Opportunity to pre-order plants from the plant sale.
  • On court recognition on Sunday night, August 13 for volunteers reaching their 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service.

Main Draw Level - Work 7 or more shifts and receive all benefits in the Qualifier Level plus:

  • Two tickets to the evening session (Session 5) on Monday, August 14 

Finalist Level - Work 8 or more shifts and receive all benefits above plus:

  • Your choice of either a $10 meal allowance card or the opportunity to purchase a 2nd $50 meal allowance card at half price
  • Your choice of one of the following: Fila long sleeve hoodie or tournament Tervis Mug.



Come be a part of the action.  I guarantee that you will make new friends and have the experience of a life time!  Please also remember to refer a friend to volunteer…the tournament could use more ambassadors like yourself.

Questions? Please contact Mary Conner, Director of Volunteers, at 513-665-3822 or