By CincyTennis.com Staff
CINCINNATI – The Western & Southern Open tennis tournament announced today that the 2013 edition of this tournament showed record attendance, with 186,501 fans entering the gates of the Lindner Family Tennis Center through 16 sessions of play. 13 of those sessions were sold out, including the final 11 sessions of this year's event.
The 114-year-old tournament, which runs August 12-18, is a combined men's and women's event played by the top professionals in the sport. This year's draw includes 17-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, World No. 3 Rafael Nadal, 2013 Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray, and the top-ranked Novak Djokovic. The women's field is also packed with big names: World No. 1 Serena Williams, Australian Open champion VIctoria Azarenka, and four-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova.
Thursday, which saw most round-of-16 matches, was the busiest day for the event, with a combined 25,155 fans attending the day and night sessions.
The all-time record for attendance in a single session was during the day on Wednesday, August 14, with 13,704 fans attending matches.
"The fan response exceeded everyone's expectations this year," said Will Sikes, Marketing Director of the Western & Southern Open. "The combination of great weather and great tennis was in our favor, but I think it also shows how much this event has grown and how much of a national attraction it has become."
The ATP World Tour hosts a Masters 1000 Series event at this tournament in which the top 50 players in the world compete for $3.7 million in prize money. Concurrently, the WTA Tour hosts a Premier-level draw for their players, with $2.4 million in prize money.
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