Western & Southern Open Makes Contribution
To Barrett Cancer Center
CINCINNATI (Dec. 16, 2020) – The Western & Southern Open announced today it has made a $100,000 donation to the Barrett Cancer Center at UC Health in appreciation for the support of the tournament’s longtime title sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Western & Southern Open was held at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. To affirm the commitment to its traditional home market of Cincinnati, the tournament pledged to make a donation to a local charity in the Queen City.
“The unusual circumstances for the tournament in 2020 have also presented unique opportunities, and we are grateful for the Western & Southern Open’s support of the Barrett Cancer Center,” John Barrett, Western & Southern Financial Group Chairman, President and CEO. “Contributing to our Greater Cincinnati community is of the utmost importance for both the Western & Southern Financial Group and the Western & Southern Open. We are proud to be able to continue doing so and look forward to this wonderful tennis tournament returning to our city in 2021.”
Since 2002, Western & Southern Financial Group has held naming rights for the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 tournament which is held each August in Mason, Ohio. The title sponsorship is the longest running for any North American professional tennis tournament.
“Western & Southern Financial Group continues its long history of being a fantastic partner for our tournament and an exemplary corporate citizen here in Cincinnati,” said Western & Southern Open COO Katie Haas. “We are grateful for their ongoing support and are pleased to make this contribution on their behalf to the Barrett Cancer Center.”
The Western & Southern Open annually supports the Cincinnati community through donations from Tennis For Charity which have resulted in more than $11 million in total contributions.
The 2020 Western & Southern Open singles champions were Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic, while the doubles titles were won by team of Kveta Peschke and Demi Schuurs as well as the duo of Pablo Carreno Busta and Alex de Minaur. The tournament was the first combined event to be held following a five-month suspension in play due to the pandemic.
The Western & Southern Open is scheduled to be held Aug. 14-22, 2021, in Cincinnati.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open is an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 tournament. The largest annual summer sporting event in the US Midwest, the Western & Southern Open welcomes fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries and is seen by more than 50 million global viewers in over 160 countries. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $11 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. The tournament is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 53 events and four Grand Slams in 28 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering a $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2020 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). The 2020 season launched with the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia and will culminate with only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams competing for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2020 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.