Western and Southern Financial Group Masters

April 19, 2004 04:30 PM

Tournament tennis in Cincinnati: Its 100-year-old Honor Roll of Champions reads like a Who's Who of the sport, including such Hall of Famers as Ken Rosewall, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, and Stefan Edberg, to name a few. As CBS Sports once opined, "For more than a century, the legends of the game have annually traveled to this corner of Ohio to battle and test themselves in one of the oldest and most-prestigious events in tennis."

Today, this "Midwestern Masters" offers $2.45 million in prize money for its 64-man singles field and 24-team doubles field, and is held in the only facility outside the Grand Slams with three permanent bowled stadiums. Fans travel from nearly every U.S. state and many foreign countries to take in the tournament, now one of the elite ATP Masters Series. As such, it is one of the four biggest events in the United States, and second-oldest only to the US Open.

If great tennis in Cincinnati is a tradition, so is the tournament's commitment to charity. Nearly $6 million has been donated over the years to such deserving entities as Cincinnati's world-renown Children's Hospital, and to Cincinnati's chapter of the National Junior Tennis League, a grassroots tennis organization.

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Bruce Flory P: 513/651-0303 info@cincytennis.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Smith P: 513/651-4323 psmith@cincytennis.com