The tennis tournament now known as the Western & Southern Open has existed in Cincinnati in one form or another for 112 years, which (arguably) makes it the oldest in the United States still played in its original city. The tournament regularly features the best the players in the world — look for defending champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to continue their heated rivalry, and it looks as though the oft-injured Williams sisters will play this year — and its past winners include a who's who of tennis luminaries: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jimmy Conners, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bobby Riggs, Ken Rosewall, Pete Sampras and Tony Trabert.
Backed by its rich history and its placement as the main hard-court warm-up for the U.S. Open, the Cincinnati tournament has evolved into one the biggest and most important on the tennis landscape: 250,000 fans now attend each year, and it features $5.2 million in combined men's and women's prize money.
The Western & Southern Open runs Aug. 13-21 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Go here to read Jason Gargano's full article.
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