The City of Mason is excited to announce that the legacy of the Western and Southern Tennis Tournament will continue in Mason, Ohio! Thank you players, volunteers and fans for embracing tennis over the course of the tournament’s 44 year history in Mason. The effort to keep tennis in Mason involved a collaborative effort by partners at Warren County and the State of Ohio as well as Cincinnati’s and Mason’s business community. The City of Mason is grateful for the unwavering support and dedication that was involved in retaining this world-class sporting event in Mason.
Founded in 1899 the Western & Southern Open has called Cincinnati home for over 124 years, with the last 44 years in Mason. The tournament is the oldest tennis event in the U.S. held in its place of origin and is the second largest summer tennis event in the U.S. after the U.S. Open. It shares its status with the Miami Open, Indian Wells Open, Italian Open and Matura Madrid Open. The men’s event is a Masters 1000 level tournament on the ATP Tour and the women’s event is a WTA 1000 level event on the WTA Tour. Rounding out the super nine top tier tournaments around the globe are the Canadian Open, Monte-Carlo Masters, Paris Masters and the Shanghai Masters.
Volunteerism and philanthropy are at the core of what has grown this tennis event to today’s top-notch international sporting event. The inspiration began 40 years ago with a group of prominent Cincinnatians who formed Tennis for Charity (TFC), a non-profit organization, who devised a unique way to use the tournament to support their philanthropy including growing tennis in the region by helping inner city youth.
In 1979, a stadium designated specifically for the event found a home and forever changed the landscape along I-71 in Mason. In 2002, Mason’s relationship with Tennis for Charity grew as the City provided a financial commitment to retain and continue to grow the event. And it did. In 2010, the new west building, the Paul Flory Player Center, opened and in 2011 and 2012 the tournament announced significant upgrades to the facility and grounds. In 2011 the men’s and women’s tournaments combined into a 10-day event. Today the facility features a total of 17 courts, including four tennis stadiums – Center Court, Grandstand Court, Stadium 3, and Porsche Court 10 – and is among the few venues other than the Grand Slams with more than two permanent stadiums. This footprint provides 23 acres of space for players, media and fans, a ticket office, entry plaza, food court and exhibit areas for fans to enjoy a close-up experience with the top men and women tennis greats in the world.
To the region, the event boasts over $80 million in annual economic impact. For ten days out of the year the tournament elevates the State of Ohio, the City of Mason and Warren County to an international stage helping to further economic development initiatives and enhance the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Mason.
Through proactive partnerships, the City has been able to maximize collaborative success at the Western & Southern Open each year and these numbers are enhanced through the growth and future of tennis in Mason. Some of these W&S Open highlights include:
- 1 of 3 Master Level tennis events in the U.S.
- 1 of the 9 most coveted tournaments in tennis outside of the four Grand Slam events.
- 4th most watched sport in the world by number of fans.
- Ohio is 1 of only 4 states to host a tennis event of this magnitude.
- Established volunteer base with over 1,400 volunteers supporting the event.
- Established fan base that is double the size of the Super Bowl.
- Over 7,000 parking spaces on site or adjacent to the site offering easy access for visitors.
- Over 35,000 hotel rooms within a 20-minute radius of the Linder Family Tennis Stadium.
- 4 international airports provide easily available access to the event, including CVG, DAY, CMH and IND.
- Broadcasted in over 192 global markets.
- Over 126 million international viewers.
- Visitors from over 50 states and 39 countries.
The City of Mason looks forward to working with our partners at Beemok Capital as we move forward in building upon the rich history and success of the Western and Southern Tennis Open in Mason!