Western & Southern Open

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is testing new technology that may be used at the Western and Southern Open next year. It's an iPad loaded with real-time data (from the chair umpire and Hawk-Eye) that coaches may take with them during on-court coaching sessions.

While the technology may seem basic to some, tennis is traditional and slow to change. The men's circuit doesn't allow on-court visits by coaches, so it is not part of this technology roll-out.

The Western & Southern Open is the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin. And this month fans will once again be able to see some of the greatest players in tennis compete.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Slugging it out on a court that is way hotter than the actual air temperature is a set-up for heat related illness according to Dr. Brian Grawe, a UC Health sports medicine surgeon, who was the doctor for tennis players at the Western & Southern Open. Right now there are a couple of common ways for them to cool down including waiting for ball boys and girls to bring wet towels.

Jennifer Mauer / Western & Southern Open

Western & Southern Open Officials say Rafael Nadal, the tournament defending champion, has withdrawn due to a wrist injury.

Nadal, currently ranked #2 in the world, says he is disappointed:

"Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support."

  Sporting events such as the Western & Southern Tennis Tournament, the Flying Pig Marathon, and the NCAA Hockey Regionals are not only big draws for participants and fans, they are also powerful economic generators for the region, bringing millions of dollars into Greater Cincinnati each year.

2013 Western & Southern Open coming in August

Jun 7, 2013

It’s fast approaching, and now is the time to make your plans. The 2013 Western & Southern Open runs from August 10-18 at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. Will Sikes, spokesman for the tournament, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about this year’s event.