2020 Tournament Update

Updated: July 16, 2020


The Western & Southern Open is continuing to plan for the 2020 Tournament at the USTA's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. Additional details surrounding the event have been revealed in advance of the joint ATP Tour and WTA event that is scheduled to begin in five weeks.

The one-time staging of the tournament in New York is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Western & Southern Open, which features an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier 5, will take place Aug. 20-28, and is scheduled to be completed just before the US Open is held Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the same venue.  


Both Western & Southern Open singles draws will still be comprised of 56 players, with the top eight seeds in both receiving first round byes.  


Grandstand Court at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be the primary show court for the Western & Southern Open, with Courts 10 and 17 serving as the other show courts. Grandstand and Court 10 will be used for the full duration of the Western & Southern Open, with Court 10 hosting the final rounds of the doubles competition. The other seven competition courts will be Courts 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 15. 

All of these match courts will have Western & Southern Open branding on the back walls with additional side wall signage on the three show courts. In addition, each court will use the branded net for each respective Tour.  


Tennis Channel and ESPN will share domestic coverage rights for the 2020 Western & Southern Open, with their full broadcast schedule to be released in the coming weeks. The international broadcast of the event will once again reach viewers in more than 160 nations.  


Full Schedule of Play

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 tickets@cincytennis.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 hotels@cincytennis.com 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.