MASON, Ohio (FOX19) - The Western & Southern Open will be played this year but it won’t be in Mason.
The 2020 tournament instead will be played in New York at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, USTA Executive Officer and Executive Director Mike Dowse announced Tuesday.
This announcement comes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York accepted plans to host the tournament proposed by the USTA, Dowse said.
“We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks,” Dowse said in a statement.
Dowse said more details on the event will be announced on Wednesday as well as refund policies for ticket holders.
“While Mason takes a lot of pride in being ‘home’ to the Western & Southern Open, we understand decisions based upon maintaining the safety of the players should be the priority. Mason will anxiously look forward to welcoming back players, families, and supporters in 2021,” a statement from the city of Mason read.
The Western & Southern Open was scheduled to be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center from Aug. 15-23 before the tournament was relocated by the USTA.
"When the tournament is played in Warren County each August, it doesn’t just fill up the Lindner Family Tennis Center. It also fills our hotels, our restaurants, our shops and so much more. The second week of August is always Warren County’s highest week of hotel occupancy, and of our busiest and most successful from a tourism standpoint. We certainly will feel the impact of this year’s unfortunate change of plans, but look forward to its return in 2021, Phil Smith, President and CEO of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said.
The first Western and Southern Open was played in 1899 where Xavier University now is.