Good morning from the Western & Southern Open! Qualifying wraps up today, and main draw action begins on this first Sunday of the Tournament. It’s also Ignition High School Day, where high school students get to watch a tennis exhibition with the pros, take part in an autograph session, enjoy a Skyline Chili lunch and get a ticket to the day session.
The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Center Court and it’s Kroger Family Day on the grounds.
On the court, the final round of qualifying for both the men's and women's tournaments will take place beginning at 10 am. There will also be one main draw men's match, Lleyton Hewitt vs Jurgen Melzer, in the afternoon session.
Tonight’s ATP main draw session will feature Sam Querrey against Alejandro Falla followed by a doubles match of Fabio Fognini & Mariusz Fyrstenberg against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez & Santiago Giraldo.
Some of the highlighted qualifying matches include wild card entry and Cincinnati native Nicole Gibbs playing former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Center Court, and Ohio State’s Chase Buchanan, in the field as a wild card, facing Tim Smyczek on Grandstand Court.
Later this afternoon, the Western & Southern Open will unveil a statue of long-time tournament director Paul Flory at 4:30 in the Champions Garden near the main entrance on the north side of the grounds. The public is invited to attend the unveiling and honor the long-time supporter of the Tournament.
For those looking for things to do between matches, the music starts at noon at the Dayton International Airport stage in the Food Court with Tracy Walker, then at 5 p.m. G. Burton Story performs on stage. See you today at the Western & Southern Open!