Western & Southern Open Partners
Embrace Unique 2020 Tournament
CINCINNATI (Aug. 6, 2020) – Numerous Western & Southern Open partners will remain involved with the tournament in 2020 during it’s one-year staging at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
Due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western & Southern Open will be held Aug. 20-28 at the same venue that will host the US Open beginning Aug. 31. The ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 Western & Southern Open will be the first combined tournament hosting players from both circuits at a single venue since the tours suspended play in early March.
While the venue will be different this year, a number of facets of the tournament will remain the same, starting with the name. Cincinnati-based Western & Southern Financial Group returns as title sponsor for a 19th year, marking the longest-running active naming rights relationship with a North American tennis tournament.
The traditional Western & Southern backwall branding will be just one of the familiar aspects of the on-court presentation this year, particularly on the NTC’s Grandstand which will serve as the primary show court. As with 2019, a Porsche serve speed display and Rolex clock will be featured on the court. Player benches will once again be furnished by Mobisport and will be placed behind Cintas mats near drink coolers provided by BODYARMOR. Emirates will have net signage during the ATP Tour matches.
LED screens will rotate sponsor signage on the side walls of the Grandstand while Motorola will be featured on LED boards on the side of the umpire’s chair. An LED net judge box will also be featured on the court with a rotation of brand marks.
FILA will once again outfit ball persons at the Western & Southern Open while also launching the #FILAbyMe tennis shoe design contest online where two winners will be selected to have their designs made into a custom pair of Axilus 2 Energized shoes.
Cincinnati-based Midwest Sports will open an online shop this year where fans may purchase FILA products and other tournament-branded gear.
Other partners for the 2020 Western & Southern Open will include American Express, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, First Financial Bank, InterContinental Hotels Group, JobsOhio, Kim Crawford, Powernet, Prasco, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, White Claw and Wilson.
There are 11 total former champions entered in the men’s and women’s main draws for the 2020 Western & Southern Open. The ATP field includes defending champion Daniil Medvedev along with Novak Djokovic (2018 winner), Grigor Dimitrov (2017), Marin Cilic (2016) and two-time champion Andy Murray (2008, 11).
Two-time champion Serena Williams (2014-15) will join defending champion Madison Keys, and past winners Kiki Bertens (2018), Garbiñe Muguruza (2017), Karolina Pliskova (2016) and Kim Clijsters (2010) in the WTA field.
While more than 198,000 fans attended the event last August, spectators will not be granted access to the 2020 tournament. The Western & Southern Open broadcast partners will deliver match action to global audience in more than 160 counties, including domestic coverage on Tennis Channel and ESPN.
This will mark the fifth time since the tournament began in 1899 that it has not been held in the Cincinnati area. Indianapolis hosted the event in 1914, 1917 and 1919. In 1920, the tournament was held in Fort Wayne, Ind.
In 2021, the Western & Southern Open is scheduled to take place Aug. 14-22 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men's tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). The W&S Open is the largest annual summer sporting event in the US Midwest, hosting fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries with more than 50 million global viewers in more than 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 $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive 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 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports by Billie Jean King in 1973, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, offering an unprecedented $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 63 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 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.