"OPEN" SEASON: WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN TICKETS GO ON SALE MARCH 1 AT 9 AM
New combined event one of only five in the world; Players compete for $5.2 million in prize money
Tickets for the 2011 Western & Southern Open go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday March 1, at 9 AM eastern time.
The event takes place August 13-21, 2011 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. For the first time ever, the venue will host top-tier men’s and women’s tournaments simultaneously during the same week. The new combined format joins Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells as the only other cities in the world hosting the same caliber events for both sexes at the same time.
"For the first time the entire world of tennis will be focused on Cincinnati for one week," said tournament CEO Elaine Bruening. "Now fans won’t have to choose between seeing the men one day or the women another, one trip to the event and they can see the best from both tours."
This marks the 113th year since the tournament first debuted in Cincinnati. The world’s top professional tennis players will vie for the richest purse in the event’s history, totaling $5.2 million. Last year, Roger Federer earned $443,500 on his way to winning for a fourth time, and Kim Clijsters netted $350,000 by holding off Maria Sharapova in the finals on the way to her first victory in Cincinnati. This year, champions’ purses for the men and women will be $496,000 and $360,000 respectively.
To accommodate the larger event, the Lindner Family Tennis Center is currently undergoing a 5.4 acre expansion adding six new courts including a new 4,000-seat third television court. Other additions include a new entrance and ticket office, retail plaza and family restrooms. The project is the second major expansion at the Mason site in as many years.
How fans can purchase tickets
– Full series or single session tickets can be purchased directly through the tournament by visiting shop.cincytennis.com
or calling 513.651.0303. Single session tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com
or by calling 800.745.3000.