Fan-Friendly Action On and Off Court at Western & Southern Open

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New On-Site Additions and Know Before You Go Information
 
CINCINNATI (Aug. 12, 2021) – While world class tennis is the focal point of the annual Western & Southern Open each August, there is no shortage of activities for fans to enjoy during their time at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. 
 
This year’s tournament runs August 14-22, and while global superstars such as 2019 champion Daniil Medvedev and two-time winner Victoria Azarenka battle on court, fans will find plenty of ways to stay entertained between matches. 
 
The typical fan spends six and a half hours on-site. When spending that much time at the event, it’s easy to work up an appetite. The Western & Southern Open hosts 13 eateries, many of which are local to Cincinnati, to complement the on-site concession stands with options sure to satisfy a variety of tastes. Those dining locations include fan favorites such as FlipSide, Fusian, Graeter’s, Kala Greek Grill, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, Mazunte, Philly Pretzel Factory, Prime, Skyline Chili and Street City Pub, plus new additions like Bru Brothers Coffee, Chick'n Dippin and Eli’s BBQ.
 
Great food is best enjoyed with a tasty beverage, and there are eight signature bar areas at the Western & Southern Open for fans to enjoy. Each not only features a unique offering to quench one’s thirst, but also provides a themed area to relax a bit between the match action. This year’s locations to catch up with friends include the Kim Crawford Wine Garden, Michelob Ultra Legends Bar, Moet Champagne Bar, Rhinegeist Brew Balcony and White Claw. A new bar offering this year is Northside Distillery Co., the tournament’s official bourbon based out of Cincinnati. Fans can stop, relax and enjoy famous bourbon at this exciting destination beside the Rhinegeist Brew Balcony. Fans can further elevate their drink experience by enjoying the increasingly popular BLOX Spiked Ice, another Ohio-based drink destination specializing in one-of-a-kind alcohol and fruit infused ice cubes– the perfect addition to any hard seltzer, beer or cocktail.
 
The Motorola razr Stage will feature a wide variety of musical acts from 22 different artists throughout the tournament to keep fans entertained. Conveniently located in the heart of the food court area, the lineup of bands will cover many genres, including country, folk, jazz, rock and more. Fans can also enjoy music at the Kim Crawford Wine Garden starting at 4:30 pm Monday-Friday during tournament week. The full schedule of musical acts during the tournament can be found here. 
 
Bob and Mike Bryan return to Cincinnati this year, performing not on the court but at the Motorola razr Stage with their family band. The Bryan Brothers are the most successful doubles pair of all time, with several appearances and five titles at the Western & Southern Open. The 10-time year-end No. 1 team on the ATP won a record 119 titles together, played their last tournament in February 2020 and announced their retirement last August. Fans can watch the Bryan Brothers Band at 5 pm on Tuesday, August 17, or Wednesday, August 18, at the Motorola razr Stage.
 
While fans move around between the courts, they will find plenty of shops to browse outside the courts. At the south end of the Food Court is Tennis Point, the Official Retail Partner of the Western & Southern Open. This 14,000 square foot store offers a wide selection of W&S Open gear, including official FILA tournament merchandise. FILA’s latest ensemble, the Deuce Court collection, is a brand-new line of tennis fashion made specially for the Western & Southern Open and will be available inside the shop. In addition, this store offers rackets and apparel so fans can get some of the same equipment they are seeing the pros use on court. North of the stadium is the Retail Plaza where fans can shop for jewelry, sunglasses, apparel and more.
 
The official Western & Southern Open mobile app is the premier source for the latest news, draws, scores and more. Stay up to date on tournament details, access tickets and find venue info all from a mobile device. The app is free to download and features new mobile ticket functionality as the Western & Southern Open has transitioned to digital tickets for 2021. During the tournament, fans can purchase and manage tickets, search for on-site dining and entertainment options, enter contests and drawings, plus follow along with match action all using the app. 
 
Opening Weekend presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will kick off tournament action with qualifying draw beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, August 14. Fans are also encouraged to come see main draw players practicing on site during the weekend. Tickets are still available for purchase, with selections ranging from as low as $12 to all-inclusive premium options. Fans can purchase tickets here: wsopen.com/tickets.
 
The Western & Southern Open is abiding by COVID-19 protocols set in place by federal, state and municipal authorities as it relates to fans on-site. As of today, fans are not being asked to wear masks or social distance, but there will be optional masks and hand sanitizer stations on-site. The tournament is also implementing cashless transactions for all on-site purchases. In regard to players, the tournament is following guidance from the ATP and WTA Tours, along with the USTA, to ensure that competitors are safe and healthy while on-site for the Western & Southern Open.
 
The Western & Southern Open, an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000, is part of the US Open Series and is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
 
 
About the Western & Southern Open
Founded in 1899, the Western & Southern Open is an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA 1000 tournament. The Western & Southern Open annually welcomes nearly 200,000 fans who come from all 50 states and more than 35 countries and is seen by more than 50 million global viewers in over 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 $11 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. The tournament is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
 
About the US Open Series
The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly viewing schedule, as well as comprehensive outreach and grassroots engagement initiatives, the Series serves as a vital platform to promote and grow the game of tennis in person and at home. Fans can follow along all summer as today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, while each tournament engages its local community with a variety of programs geared toward showcasing and promoting the game to new and existing fans.
 
About the WTA
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2020 WTA season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering a $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
As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com
 

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