Around the Grounds: Day 4

Ball Kids stretching before Tuesday matches begin.

Welcome to Tuesday’s action at the Western & Southern Open! This is probably the most exciting and jam-packed day of the tournament, and some big matchups are already highlighting the schedule. If you’re coming out to the Lindner Family Tennis Center today, you’re in for a real treat!

Venus Williams starts the day on Center Court against Lucie Safarova. Venus, of course, coming off a strong appearance in Montreal is homing to keep the momentum going. The last match on Center Court for the day session is the highly anticipated matchup between young American up and comer Madison Keys, against former W&S champion Maria Sharapova.

Also during the day session, defending W&S champion Victoria Azarenka was scheduled to play, but has withdrawn with a right knee injury. ATP favorite Stan Wawrinka will open play on the Grandstand court in the afternoon, facing qualifier Benjamin Becker.

Nighttime features the Number 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, opening against Gilles Simon, and on Court 3, Caroline Wozniacki comes off her straight set win last night to face Shuai Zhang.

Off the court, you’ll be able to listen to lots of music at the Dayton International Airport stage in the Food Court area, starting at noon with Shiny Old Soul, the Queen City Silver Stars at 5 p.m. and the Steppnback Band at 8:45 p.m. And don’t forget our celebrity chef live cooking demonstration each evening between sessions at the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden. Tonight it’s David cook from Daveed’s.

Let’s hear it for the ball kids! Dozens of youngsters are working hard on and off the court to make this tournament go smoothly. This year, for the first time, they’re going through morning stretching exercises led by Ignition to make sure they are loose and limber when dashing across the court chasing loose tennis balls. Thanks for all the work you do!

And have you been admiring the landscaping around the Lindner Family Tennis Center? Once again this year it’s courtesy of LaMond Landscaping Design. Don’t forget, on Monday, August 18, you’ll have the chance to take some of these beautiful plants home with you at the annual plant sale.

A reminder, there have been changes this year to our bag policy. If you have any questions or doubts about what you’re able to bring onto the grounds this year, check the entire list at And have fun at tennis!