Western & Southern Open launches Play Tennis Cincinnati for youth
The Western & Southern Open will launch Play Tennis Cincinnati this summer, an initiative that gives local youth an opportunity to participate in free tennis lessons, including a weeklong clinic that will be held at the tournament venue.
The Western & Southern Open, in partnership with the USTA, will host these clinics, powered by Net Generation, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, Aug. 5-8. The participants will be taking the court just after practice sessions featuring ATP Tour and WTA pros who are in town for the tournament that runs Aug. 10-18.
“We look forward to seeing the kids in Play Tennis Cincinnati taking over our courts this summer,” said Western & Southern Open Tournament Director Andre Silva. “Tennis can teach many life skills, and it is a sport that can be played for a lifetime. We hope we can get a new generation in our community excited about playing tennis by offering this opportunity to play.”
The Play Tennis Cincinnati clinics will be open to 275 local children entering grades 1-6. In addition to the week of clinics prior to the Western & Southern Open, participants will receive a tennis racquet, a t-shirt and two tickets to Saturday’s tournament action which will include admission into Kids Day presented by First Watch. Additional Play Tennis Cincinnati programs will be added throughout the year.
“Our goal is to attract, engage and retain grassroots youth tennis players in the Greater Cincinnati area in an effort to grow the game of tennis and be an integral part of the community,” said Matt Dektas, Program Director of Play Tennis Cincinnati. “To have the opportunity to partner with a top-level professional tournament in the Western & Southern Open will certainly amplify the impact the programs will make on the youth in our area.”
Support for the programming will be provided by the USTA Midwest Ohio Valley District, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, the Greater Cincinnati Indoor Tennis Association, Inner City Tennis Project, EXcellence Tennis Foundation and Tennis For Charity.
The Western & Southern Open, a WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 tournament, is part of the US Open Series.
More information on these programs can be found at wsopen.com.