Around the Grounds
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Good morning from a sunny Lindner Family Tennis Center!
Rain, rain, go away, and it has for Thursday’s packet lineup of action. It’ll be a busy day, and if you don’t have tickets make sure you get them now. The Thursday Day session grounds passes are extremely limited, so make sure you go to Ticketmaster and print out your tickets, or call the tournament to reserve yours. Center Court tickets are sold out for Thursday’s night session, but grounds passes are still available tonight.
As for today’s lineup, it features Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, both number one in the world, during the day session, while Roger Federer defends his Western & Southern Open title tonight. The singles matches are on schedule, but because of the rain delays Wednesday, three WTA doubles matches were suspended Wednesday and five doubles matches - three ATP, two WTA - were postponed.
Make sure you come early and take in some of the special activities going on today, including USTA Member Appreciation Day. It’s the annual salute to the USTA members who promote the game of tennis year round. Also, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, Margie Hanson, a tennis instructor in the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program for the past nine years, will participate in the Emirates Returns kids clinic hosted by Emirates Airline in conjunction with the Western & Southern Open and Tennis for Charity, which has invited dozens of local youth to experience a morning filled with tennis and fun.
Emirates Airline has again partnered with the USTA Foundation, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, to bring tennis and education to children across North America as part of “Emirates Returns.” The program, a grassroots charitable initiative connected to the Emirates Airline US Open Series, provides underserved youth in the various Series markets access to the sport of tennis and opens up educational opportunities in their local market. In the program’s third year, the total contribution across all Series tournaments and the US Open will eclipse $400,000.
It’s a packed day of tennis and of saying “thank you” to those who give back to tennis year-round. We’ll see you Around the Grounds today!