Good morning from the Lindner Family Tennis Center! On this first full day of main draw action, there’s plenty to see on and off the court today. Let’s start on the court, where action begins this morning on Center Court with Wild Card entry Jack Sock facing Spain’s Tommy Robredo. Other matches of note include former world Number 1 Caroline Wozniacki on Grandstand Court facing Magdalena Rybarikova.
This afternoon at 1, you’ll be treated to a special doubles showcase, the ATP Doubles Showdown on Court 4, brought to you by ATP Aces for Charity. Get autographs from your favorite stars and more, while you watch some great doubles action.
And from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. you can watch WTA Live at the Robert Mondavi Private Collection Wine Garden. The top eight players on the WTA Tour, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic will take part in the broadcast.
In the evening, 2011 US Open Champion Sam Stosur starts the action on Court 3 against Varvara Lepchenko, and former French Open champion and former world Number 1 Ana Ivanovic plays Sorana Cirstea on Center Court. The night session closes with 2013 W&S runner-up John Isner facing Kevin Anderson on Center Court.
When you’re on the grounds, make sure you stop by the newly-unveiled Paul Flory statue, by the Champions Garden on the North Entrance. The late tournament director was remembered in ceremonies Sunday to unveil the statue, showing Flory in his trademark baseball cap and pointing toward the Volunteer Garden area.
Off the court, today is Military and Uniformed Personnel Appreciation Day (any military member or civic personnel showing a valid ID at the door receives a half-price ticket). This year, the Western & Southern Open is partnering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for the Evening Session tribute. Make sure you join us to thank our Veterans and first responders!
Music continues today at the Dayton International Airport Stage in the Food Court, featuring Erin Locke &The Tumblers from 12-2 p.m., Rattlesnakin’ Daddies from 5-7 p.m. and Young Heirlooms, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
And today is the first day that our lineup of local celebrity chefs will offer food demonstrations in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden, going on each night between Sessions. During demonstrations, the chefs will be offering tips on how to prepare each item and will offer samples to those attending. Tonight it’s Anne Kearney from Rue Dumaine. Don’t forget to check www.cincytennis.com and follow us on Twitter @cincytennis for the latest updates on schedules and news.