I’m sharing more about how to make the most of your time at the tennis tournament. You don’t have to be a big tennis fan to enjoy a day at the Western & Southern Open.
This annual event in the Midwest near Cincinnati, Ohio gives you access to the best tennis players in the world.
When is the Western & Southern Open?
August 14-22, 2021
Fun Facts About The Western & Southern Open:
- The Western & Southern Open is the nation’s oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin.
- The W&S Open is one of five events in the world outside Grand Slams where top ATP World Tour and WTA players compete during the same week at the same venue.
Download the Western & Southern Open App
Stay connected to the tournament with the Western & Southern Open free app. This app is the place to find the latest news, draws, scores, and tournament info.
You can also access your tickets and find venue info from your phone.
The tournament has gone digital this year and will not be using paper tickets.
*Please note that screenshots of the ticket will NOT work.
The gates open at least one hour before the first match is scheduled to begin.
*Children over the age of 12 months require a ticket.
Ticket Are Separate Sessions (Daytime Or Evening)
No Day session tickets AFTER 5pm, No Night session tickets BEFORE 5pm
Grounds Passes are a great ticket option that gives you access to all of the public areas of the grounds except for the Center Court.
The other courts have open/non-assigned seating.
If you have a Center Court ticket you automatically have access to the grounds.
You can choose from a single session, all-inclusive level, full series package, and mini package.
The Porsche Sideline Suites are also a new addition this year. Guests get a private indoor/outdoor suite experience that also has rooftop viewing of Court 10 and your own private courtyard.
You can upgrade your current ticket for just $58 to access these suites and all-inclusive beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Plan Your Day Around the Tournament Schedule
There is a lot of activity going on during the tournament. I would recommend looking over the schedule ahead of time so that you can allow enough time to transition to different courts and grab a bite to eat.
Visit the Practice Courts
Make sure that you check the practice court schedule during your visit.
The practice courts are a great way to see your favorite players and big-name stars within close proximity.
Visit Different Tennis Courts
There really isn’t a bad seat in the house. What I really enjoy about the tournament is that you can bounce around and watch several matches on different size courts throughout your time there.
The venue site has a total of 16 courts. The matches may be played on up to eight of those courts depending on the day.
Watch the Serve Speeds
One of the things that make you appreciate the level of athletism, even more, is the serve speed clock. Be on the lookout for the speed clock in the courts with more seating.
Courtside Cafe Food Vendors at the Tennis Tournament
- Bro Brothers Coffee
- Chick n’ Dippin
- Eli’s BBQ
- Kala Greek Grill
- Philly Pretzel Company
- Prime Cincinnati
- Skyline Chili
- Street City Pub
During our visit, we enjoyed the loaded fries and classic gyros from Kala Greek Grill.
There is plenty of seating in the shade for guests while they dine.
We also enjoyed ice cream and a strawberry sorbet from Graeter’s.
Where to Enjoy a Drink at the Tennis Tournament
There are several areas where you can relax and enjoy a drink at the venue.
You can bring your drink with you or relax at one of the bar areas.
- Kim Crawford Wine Garden
- Michelob Ultra Legends Bar
- Moet Champagne Bar
- Northside Distillery Co.
- BLOX Spiked Ice
- Rhinegeist Brew Balcony
- Svedka Bar
- White Claw
You Can Refill Your Water Bottle
It’s really important to stay hydrated, especially on a hot and humid day. There are several water fountains with water bottle refill stations located throughout the complex, typically near the restrooms.
Tournament spectators are allowed to bring 1 unopened see-through plastic bottle of water up to 33.5 ounces/ 1 liter. If the bottle is not see-through it needs to be an EMPTY container that can hold up to 1 liter.
If your water bottle has a label other than Dasani or Body Armor, you’re required to remove the label before entering the tournament due to sponsorship exclusivity.
Test Your Skills at One of the Interactive Booths
At one of the interactive booths, you can pick up a racket and ball and test your precision skills.
Shop Onsite at Retail Plaza
You can pick up tennis gear and attire from a variety of vendors at the 20,000 sq ft Retail Plaza.
Tennis Match Etiquette For Spectators
If you are newer to the sport of tennis, these are a few things you need to know.
- Spectators need to be quiet during a point. Tennis is unlike other sports and you don’t hear random cheers from the crowd mid play.
- You can’t move around the stands whenever you feel like it. If you see a chain across an entry you need to wait until the attendant allows you to enter the venue. This is to help reduce distractions for the players on the court.
Parking at the Linder Family Tennis Center
General parking is free and included in your ticket. Be prepared to park in the grass and walk if you arrive at a popular time.
Upgrade to Premium Parking
If you prefer a dedicated paved parking spot and plan on attending the whole tournament you might want to consider upgrading to the Diamond Lot.
Your dedicated parking spot is labeled with a plate sign with your name on it and it’s a short walk to the West or South Entrances.
The cost is $1,500 per parking space for the entire 9 days of the tournament. This includes all 16 sessions and all special events.
Unfortunately, Diamond lot passes for single sessions are currently not available.
What to Wear to the Western & Southern Open
You’ll see an assortment of styles throughout the tournament. If you are attending a day session it can get HOT.
Golf shirts, dri-fit/athletic style clothing, shorts, and dresses all work. Don’t forget a hat if you want to keep your face out of the sun too.
If you are wearing a shorter dress be mindful that you will be traveling up and down bleachers. I wore a casual sleeveless dress with biker/boy shorts underneath to make the stairs less revealing when I walked up and down them.
My husband wore khaki shorts and a short-sleeve collared shirt. Don’t forget to wear sunglasses and wear sunscreen too.
Bag Policy at Western & Southern Open
Spectators are allowed to have tote bags, cinch bags, and other single compartment bags (12″ x 18″ x 15″) or smaller. The bag must be able to fit on your lap or under your seat occupied.
Single strap diaper bags are allowed if accompanied by a child.
Where is the Western & Southern Open Located?
Lindner Family Tennis Center
5460 Courseview Drive
Mason, OH 45040
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