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Western & Southern Open: Need to know before you go

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Some of the world's best in tennis will be in Mason, Ohio for the Western & Southern Open. The W&S is one of the five events in the world outside the Grand Slam tournaments where the top ATP World Tour and WTA players compete during the week at the same venue.

The event is highlighted by both men's and women's singles and men's and women's doubles matches.

Dates: Saturday through Aug. 17

Location: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive Mason, OH 45040

Parking: Getting to the Lindner Family Tennis Center is easy. Enter the address below into Google Maps or MapQuest and once you're close our many highway and street signs will lead you to the appropriate parking lot. Free Parking is included with every ticket.

Tickets: Tickets for Friday, Aug. 15; Saturday, Aug. 16; and Sunday, Aug. 17 are sold out. Tickets for the other days can be purchased at cincytennis.com,  Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 513-651-0303.

The field: Both men's and women's world number ones, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, will be in Cincinnati for the tournament.  Other notable names are: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner, Na Li, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic. A full list of participants can be found here.  

Main Men's Singles Draw

Main Women's Singles Draw

Prize money: $6.6 million ($4 million ATP; $2.6 million WTA)

MATCH SCHEDULE: The times below are when the sessions start 

Saturday, Aug. 9

Men's and women's qualifier, 10 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Men's and women's qualifier; men's main draw, 10 a.m.

Men's main draw, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug 11

Men's and women's first round, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Men's and women's first and second rounds, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Men's and women's middle rounds, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14

Men's and women's round of 16, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15

Men's and women's quarterfinals, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16

One men's semifinal; one women's semifinal, 1 p.m.

One men's semifinal; one women's semifinal, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17

Men's doubles final, 12:15 p.m. (Grandstand)

Women's singles final, 2 p.m. (Center Court)

Women's doubles final, 2:45 p.m. (Grandstand)

Men's singles final, 4 p.m. (Center Court)

Schedule of events and promotions:

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • Graeter's Kids Day, featuring on-court tennis drills and autograph sessions, 9 a.m. to noon, along with a access to the Day Session matches. Tickets for youth are $5 and adult tickets are $10.
Sunday, Aug. 10
  • Ignition High School Day, with a tennis exhibition, lunch and ticket to Day Session matches, 9-10:30 a.m. (Tickets are $30 per person with group discounts available).
  • Paul Flory Statue Dedication & Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. at the Main North Gate; a bronze statue dedicated to Paul Flory, the long-time tournament director, who passed away in 2013, will be unveiled.
  • Greater Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 5 p.m. (Tickets for Dinner and Evening Session are $62 per person).
  • Kroger Family Day, half off tickets with Ticketmaster.com (keyword: Kroger).

Monday, Aug. 11

  • 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 TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) for the Day Session and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for the Evening Session tribute.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Night on the Runway presented by Cincy Chic fashion show, 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets $30 per person (must have a valid day or evening match ticket).

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • United States Tennis Association Member Appreciation Day (USTA members are invited to enjoy the afternoon at the hospitality tent and receive discounted tickets for both day and Evening Sessions).

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • Wheelchair Tennis Round Robin, event featuring four high-profile wheelchair players.

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • Championship Sunday: Women's Singles Championships, 2 p.m. and Men's Singles Championships, 4 p.m.

Live music lineup on the Dayton International Airport stage 

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • Mack West, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • Tracy Walker, 12-2 p.m.
  • G. Burton Story, 5-7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 11

  • Erin Locke & The Tumblers, 12-2 p.m.
  • Rattlesnakin' Daddies, 5-7 p.m.
  • Young Heirlooms, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

  • Shiny Old Soul, 12-2 p.m.
  • Queen City Silver Stars, 5-7 p.m.
  • Steppnback Band, 8:45-10:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • Buffalo Wabs, 12-2 p.m.
  • Old Green Eyes, 5-7 p.m.
  • Hickory Robot, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14

  • Marmalade Brigade, 12-2 p.m.
  • Greg Schaber Duo, 5-7 p.m.
  • Lagniappe, 8:45-10:45 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15

  • Zac Rowe, 12-2 p.m.
  • Bluesbent, 5-7 p.m.
  • Ben Knight & The Welldiggers, 8:45-10:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • Crick Gypsies, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • The Sunburners, 5-7 p.m.
  • The Carolines, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • David Rhodes Brown & His Hillbilly Harem, 12-2 p.m.
  • Suave, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Food: 

Chefs will provide live cooking demonstrations in the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Garden each night between Sessions. During their demonstrations, they'll be offering tips on how to prepare each item and will offer samples to those attending.

The chefs and their schedules are:

  • Monday, Aug. 11, Anne Kearney, Rue Dumaine
  • Tuesday, Aug. 12, David Cook, Daveed's
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, Todd Kelly, Orchids at the Netherland Plaza
  • Thursday, Aug. 14, Amy Tobin, New RIFF
  • Friday, Aug. 15, Danny Combs, Sotto from the Boca Group
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, Jean-Robert de Cavel, Jean-Robert's Table

The chefs join the expanding lineup of culinary choices being offered throughout the tournament at the food court, which offers a range of choices for any palate.

Restaurants participating in this year's food court include:

  • Daveed's Next
  • Graeter's
  • Tony's Steakhouse
  • Fusian Sushi
  • Skyline Chili
  • Taste of Belgium
  • J. Gumbo's
  • The Wich on Sycamore
  • Baba Budan's
  • Eli's Sports Bar and Grill
  • LaRosa's
  • Hot Head Burritos, offering burritos, burrito bowl and nachos
  • Subway
  • Montgomery Inn
New bag rule: Under a new security policy, guests cannot bring backpacks to the tennis center and all bags are subject to search. Tote bags and cinch bags are OK. Visit cincytennis.com for a full list of allowed items.

Watch on television:

  • Monday, Aug. 11: Early Rounds
10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Tennis Channel

  • Tuesday, Aug. 12: Early Rounds
10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. - Tennis Channel

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13: Early Rounds
10:30 a.m.  to 11 p.m. - Tennis Channel

  • Thursday, Aug. 14: Round of 16:
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. -  ESPN2

  • Friday, Aug. 15: Quarterfinals
11 a.m. to  5 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. -  ESPN2

  • Saturday, Aug. 16: Semifinals
1 to 5 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. - ESPN2

  • Sunday, Aug. 17: Finals
2 to 6 p.m. (women's final followed by men's final) -  ESPN2

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