Updated: June 17, 2020
The 2020 Western & Southern Open will now be held in New York City at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and will take place August 20 - 28. Spectators will not be permitted.
The Western & Southern Open team worked through multiple scenarios with the USTA, ATP Tour, WTA, a team of medical advisors, as well as government officials to ensure that our tournament is safe for players and tournament personnel. Ultimately, it was decided that a single venue playing host to multiple events was the best way to mitigate as much risk as possible, so our tournament will be held at the site of the US Open prior to that event taking place.
There will be no change to the draw sizes for the 2020 tournament. The player field entries will be based on the rankings which been frozen since March. The Western & Southern Open will utilize Grandstand at the National Tennis Center as it's primary show court, with match play occurring on additional other outside courts. The US Open will follow the W&S Open at the facility and begin on August 31.
A Message from Western & Southern Open COO, Katie Haas
"The international nature of tennis is one of its greatest assets. However, this international aspects also creates challenges in restarting the tour seasons. Last year, we hosted players representing 47 nations at the Western & Southern Open. With continued restrictions on international travel and quarantine guidelines, hosting the W&S Open in a controlled environment at the National Tennis Center provides the greatest chance of restarting tennis worldwide. While we will miss welcoming our player field to Cincinnati, we are privileged to be able to bring both tours together for the first combined event."
Q: What happens if I already bought tickets?
A: That will depend on the type of ticket you have and where it was purchased. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or directly from the Western & Southern Open Ticket Office will be eligible for a full refund. Our full Ticket Policy outlines how each type of ticket will be handled and next steps.Tickets purchased through third parties, including tour groups and ticket brokers, must contact that vendor directly regarding their policy.
Q: Do I need to do anything to get my refund?
A: You might. The email you received from our ticket office as well as our Ticket Policy page will explain what, if any action you need to take depending on the type of ticket and point of purchase.
Q: I have more questions regarding my 2020 Western & Southern Open tickets, who should I contact?
A: Please contact the Western & Southern Open ticket office by emailing email@example.com or calling 513-651-0303.
Q: What happens if I already booked a hotel through the W&S Open?
A: If you booked a hotel room directly through the tournament website or over the phone with a tournament representative, your reservation will automatically be cancelled. Our hotel partners do not require prepayment thus no refunds will need to be issued.
Q: I have more questions regarding my 2020 hotel reservation, who should I contact?
A: Please contact the Western & Southern Open office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 513-651-0303.
Q: When will tennis be back in Cincinnati?
A: The 2021 Western & Southern Open is scheduled to take place August 14 - 22 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center (and we cannot wait).
Q: Will it be on TV this year?
A: Yes, and while the exact schedule is yet to be finalized, it should be very similar to past years with coverage from our partners Tennis Channel and ESPN in the United States plus worldwide coverage on the networks that regularly cover the WTA and ATP Tour. We will announce full details closer to the tournament start date.
Q: Why move the tournament?
A: Competing at a single venue with very limited and controlled access has been determined to be the safest scenario for the tennis tours to resume combined tournament play. Similar to what we are seeing with our leagues as the NBA and MLS, we are working to create a single, controlled environment where multiple events with hundreds of competitors can be held with centralized testing and medical services available.
Q: Why not hold both tournaments in Cincinnati?
A: The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is better equipped to play host to these events with nearly double the acreage of the Lindner Family Tennis Center, including 34 available courts compared to 17 in Cincinnati. The New York facility also has larger locker rooms and open areas that can be converted for both competitor staging and support personnel functions, which is important given that the US Open draws are twice the size of those at Western & Southern Open.