Cincinnati’s Tennis Commitment: Western & Southern Open Here to Stay

Iconic Western & Southern main tennis court during a crucial match.

Tennis enthusiasts around the world can put any relocation rumors to rest. Cincinnati will continue to play host to one of the most revered tournaments on the tennis calendar, the Western & Southern Open.

To quash any lingering doubts about the tournament’s location, two of the sport’s brightest stars, Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff, stepped into the limelight. Both champions of the 2023 edition, they jointly announced that this renowned event would remain anchored at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Not just for its upcoming monumental 125th anniversary in 2024, but for many years thereafter.

The two champions headlined a promotional video. Djokovic, with his trademark smile, reminisced,

“I’ve won three of your trophies.”

He further expressed his eagerness, saying,

“I would love to win a fourth one in August.”

Gauff, on the other hand, has her eyes set on defending her title. She conveyed her sentiments about the city, saying,

“Cincinnati will forever be special to me.”

Behind the Decision

Despite persistent rumors about a potential shift post the 2023 edition, several factors contributed to the decision to stay put. Notable among these was a keen interest from Beemok Capital, helmed by Cincinnati and Charleston owner Ben Navarro. Navarro, also the father of WTA player Emma Navarro, was reportedly in the midst of plans to invest a staggering $400 million in a venue located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

However, the commitment to Cincinnati was unwavering. As a representative from Beemok Capital elaborated:

“Our process in other cities follows the same course we have taken in Greater Cincinnati, to both present the benefits of the tournament to the local community as well as evaluate the opportunities and constraints the region presents.” – Beemok Capital

Future Investments

With the tournament’s location confirmed, significant improvements are in the pipeline for the Lindner Family Tennis Center. A whopping $200 million has been earmarked to upgrade the facility. This center, an iconic part of the tennis landscape since 1979, welcomed over 200,000 ardent fans in 2023 alone.

YearKey Event
1979Lindner Family Tennis Center inaugurated
2023Over 200,000 fans attended
2024125th Anniversary of the tournament
2025Expansion to a two-week event

Expanding the Horizon

The Western & Southern Open isn’t just staying; it’s evolving. In 2025, the tournament is set to follow in the footsteps of other premier events like the Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d’Italia. It will extend to span over two weeks, giving fans even more exhilarating tennis action.

Western & Southern Open Champions

The Western & Southern Open, held annually in Cincinnati, boasts a rich history of champions. Both the ATP and WTA circuits have seen some of the most elite players etch their names into the tournament’s annals. Here’s a breakdown of the champions over the years:

WTA Cincinnati Winners

WTA Cincinnati 2023Gauff Coco
WTA Cincinnati 2022Garcia Caroline
WTA Cincinnati 2021Barty Ashleigh
WTA Cincinnati 2020Azarenka Victoria
WTA Cincinnati 2019Keys Madison
WTA Cincinnati 2018Bertens Kiki
WTA Cincinnati 2017Muguruza Garbine
WTA Cincinnati 2016Pliskova Karolina
WTA Cincinnati 2015Williams Serena
WTA Cincinnati 2014Williams Serena
WTA Cincinnati 2013Azarenka Victoria
WTA Cincinnati 2012Li Na
WTA Cincinnati 2011Sharapova Maria
WTA Cincinnati 2010Clijsters Kim
WTA Cincinnati 2009Jankovic Jelena
WTA Cincinnati 2008Petrova Nadia
WTA Cincinnati 2007Chakvetadze Anna
WTA Cincinnati 2006Zvonareva Vera
WTA Cincinnati 2005Schnyder Patty
WTA Cincinnati 2004Davenport Lindsay
The semi-final match on August 19 featured Carlos Alcaraz against Hubert Hurkacz.

ATP Cincinnati Winners

ATP Cincinnati 2023Djokovic Novak
ATP Cincinnati 2022Coric Borna
ATP Cincinnati 2021Zverev Alexander
ATP Cincinnati 2020Djokovic Novak
ATP Cincinnati 2019Medvedev Daniil
ATP Cincinnati 2018Djokovic Novak
ATP Cincinnati 2017Dimitrov Grigor
ATP Cincinnati 2016Cilic Marin
ATP Cincinnati 2015Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2014Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2013Nadal Rafael
ATP Cincinnati 2012Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2011Murray Andy
ATP Cincinnati 2010Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2009Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2008Murray Andy
ATP Cincinnati 2007Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2006Roddick Andy
ATP Cincinnati 2005Federer Roger
ATP Cincinnati 2004Agassi Andre
ATP Cincinnati 2003Roddick Andy
ATP Cincinnati 2002Moya Carlos
ATP Cincinnati 2001Kuerten Gustavo
ATP Cincinnati 2000Enqvist Thomas
ATP Cincinnati 1999Sampras Pete
ATP Cincinnati 1998Rafter Patrick
ATP Cincinnati 1997Sampras Pete
ATP Cincinnati 1996Agassi Andre
ATP Cincinnati 1995Agassi Andre
ATP Cincinnati 1994Chang Michael
ATP Cincinnati 1993Chang Michael
ATP Cincinnati 1992Sampras Pete
ATP Cincinnati 1991Forget Guy
ATP Cincinnati 1990Edberg Stefan

The Western & Southern Open’s continued presence in Cincinnati is not just a testament to the city’s rich tennis legacy but also a nod to the fans, players, and officials who have made the tournament the success story it is today.

For the Midwest tennis community, it’s not just about retaining a prestigious event. It’s about celebrating the past, reveling in the present, and shaping a promising future for the sport they dearly love.

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About the Author

Born in Perth in 1987, Edward Collins, a recognized betting expert, achieved a Master’s in Sport Biomechanics from the University of Sydney in 2013. From 2014 to 2021, he collaborated with Australia’s tennis coaching associations, specializing in serve mechanics and court movement analysis. Collins has been credited with 13 academic papers, focusing primarily on player stamina and racquet technology. In 2022, he shifted gears to journalism. Currently, Collins dedicates himself to crafting analytical articles on tennis, offering insights into match strategies and player development, and regularly contributes his expertise to various sports media outlets.

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