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6 Awesome Experiences at the Western & Southern Open

Blog by Scott Hutchinson

Played annually in Southwest Ohio since its inaugural year in 1899, the Western & Southern Open is not only regarded as one of the most historic and prestigious professional tennis tournaments in the world, but also as one of the sport’s most fan-friendly affairs.

Want to make your way to Warren County this August to see it for yourself? Here are just a handful of the awesome experiences you can expect to enjoy at the iconic event. 

Oh, and a little hint… only a few have anything to do with tennis!

1) Take in some top-notch tennis!
It goes without saying, but the most amazing aspect of the Western & Southern Open is – of course – the on-court action! Each and every summer the tournament hosts tennis’ biggest and brightest stars, and there’s no neater experience than watching the world’s greatest do their thing live and in-person.

2) Post up for practice!
While catching a massive match on Center Court or a nail-biter in the Grandstand is undoubtedly awesome, one of the coolest ways to take in the tournament is to watch the players practice. Scattered throughout the Lindner Family Tennis Center are several smaller practice courts where fans can catch their favorite stars as they warm up between match play. Best of all, these up-close and personal practice sessions often turn into unforgettable meet-and-greets!

3) Treat your taste buds!
In addition to its top-notch on-court action, the Open is also widely regarded for its incredible edible offerings. When hunger calls, fans can find everything from classic concession fare like pizza, nachos and ice cream to more elaborate eats from some of Southwest Ohio’s most beloved local restaurants. Plus, if you find yourself in the mood for a beverage (boozy or otherwise) you’ll find no shortage of awesome drink options. The tournament’s famous fresh-squeezed lemonade is an extra special standout.

4) Shop till you drop!
You can find a souvenir shop at just about any public sporting event, but few events – if any – can match the Western & Southern Open’s incredible shopping offerings. Tennis racquets, t-shirts and tournament programs are, of course, easy to find all over the site, but so are top-tier sunglasses, high-class jewelry, handmade pottery and so much more. Simply put, the W&S Open is both a sports fan’s dream and a shopper’s paradise!

5) Take time to smell the roses (and all kinds of other plants)!
The second you step foot on the grounds of the Lindner Family Tennis Center you can’t help but notice the site’s beautiful landscaping. Gorgeous, carefully manicured gardens greet fans around every corner and have become a trademark of the tournament. In fact, the tournament’s flowery decor is so abundant its staff hosts a flower and garden sale near during the final days of the event.

6) Explore even more!
Even when there’s a break in the on-court action, you can always find endless hours of fun elsewhere in Warren County. Whether you’re a roller coaster junkie, an antique collector, an outdoor excursioner or craft brew connoisseur, there’s an adventure with your name on it waiting in Ohio’s Largest Playground!

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