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Big names come to town for Western & Southern Open

Andy Murray (Source: Google Images) Andy Murray (Source: Google Images)
MASON, OH (FOX19) -

Some of the biggest names in tennis arrived to Cincinnati on Friday for the Western & Southern Open.

The tournament always draws thousands of people to the Tri-State, showcasing names like Federer, Murray, and Williams. This year, there is even more to enhance the fan experience.

Tournament officials say a new food court has been doubled in size, $3 million in renovations costs.

The new food court will feature 14 local favorites, including Skyline Chili, UDF and Fusion Sushi. There will also be daily entertainment, such as live music, six new bars and more.

The Western & Southern Open also has the largest display of retail tennis merchandise in the world under one location, with 10,000 square feet of gear.

Midwest Sports has been operating from the tournament for more than a decade. The company adds to the fan experience by offering in-store signings from some of the biggest tennis stars, including Andy Roddick.

Andy Murray is expected to arrive at the facility within the next couple days, coming off a gold medal win at the London Olympics.

Other than the four Grand Slams, Cincinnati is one of the nine more important tournaments in the world, with cities like Rome, Paris, Madrid and Shanghai.

The first round of the tournament starts on Monday.

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