MASON, OH - August 13, 2009 - The USTA and Cincinnati's Tennis for Charity announced today the two organizations will finance a $10 million dollar upgrade to the Lindner Family Tennis Center, site of Cincinnati's Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open - the biggest summer tennis tournament in the US outside of the US Open.
The project calls for the construction of a 52,000 square-feet West Building at the Lindner Family Tennis Center to add space for players, media and fans. The building will be approximately twice as high as the current structure, rising 85 feet above ground level and 97 feet above the court level. Construction will begin in less than two weeks, immediately following the 2009 event, and the new building will be ready in time for the 2010 event (to be held August 7-22).
This project marks the first major undertaking since the USTA became the majority partner in the Cincinnati event last year.
“We share a common vision with Paul Flory and his entire team to ensure that this great event will continue to grow and remain one of the best tournaments for both the fans and players,” said Lucy Garvin, President and Chairman of the Board, USTA.
“Tennis for Charity has been working for decades to make this event and its facility the best it can be for fans, players, sponsors and media, and this construction is a giant step forward in that regard,” said TFC President Ken Berry.
Major elements of the new West Building upgrade include:
> A 21,000 square-foot court-level (below grade) player area with two locker rooms (each accommodating more than 100 players), private training rooms, locker rooms for male and female coaches, and a 2,200 square-foot fitness area among other amenities
> An 8,000-square foot space on the ground floor which includes a 5,500 square-foot indoor player lounge and offices for the ATP World Tour and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
> An 11,000 square-foot second floor for player dining, a warming kitchen and storage
> A 4,800 square-foot outdoor player lounge on the roof of the second floor
> A 6,300 square foot third floor for interview rooms, featuring a main interview room and three additional interview rooms
> A 4,800 square foot Media Center on the fourth floor with more than 100 stations for writers and photographers
> Six new luxury suites overlooking Center Court
> 750 new covered loge-level seats
> The addition of 140 seats in the northwest corner of Center Court
“We've been enhancing this facility on a continual basis for 30 years, but this is by far the biggest improvement we've ever made and certainly the most dramatic,” said tournament chairman Paul Flory.
The building was designed by Browning, Day, Mullins & Dierdorf in Indianapolis, and the construction will be completed by Vector Construction of Northern Kentucky. Both organizations have been involved with the Lindner Family Tennis Center for more than 20 years.