MASON, Ohio - Did you plan on picking up a last-minute ticket to watch the semifinals or finals of the upcoming Western & Southern Open?
Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen.
Organizers of the week-long event at the Lindner Family Tennis Center announced Thursday that tickets have sold out for the tournament's final round on Aug. 17, also known as Championship Sunday.
The Saturday evening session on the prior day, the second half of the semifinals, is also sold out. And an additional number of sessions at the venue in Mason, Ohio are also nearing sellout status, as of Thursday afternoon.
If the sessions do sell out, you’ll have to find an alternate means of purchasing tickets, like using an online resale vendor. Some finals tickets are already making their way to StubHub.
While late-round tickets may be difficult to come by, W&S Open marketing director Will Sikes says fans can still obtain tickets for other sessions during the week, including the morning session of the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 16.
“The beauty of a tournament is that the best players need to work their way through the draw in their attempt to claim the title, which means there are many opportunities to watch them during the week,” Sikes said.
In total, 23 of the top 25 male players on the ATP World Tour remain entered in the 56-player singles field at the Western & Southern Open. Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday due to a wrist injury.
Each of the top 39 ranked players on the WTA are on the schedule to play in the women's tournament.
In addition, a two-round qualifying tournament will be held Aug. 9-10 in which an additional seven men and 12 women will earn berths into the W&S Open. The main draw will be made on the evening of Aug. 8.
The Western & Southern Open is one of only five tennis events in the world, outside of the grand slams, where the best men and women play during the same week at the same venue.
In addition to quality tennis, Sikes says there’s plenty to see and do around the venue for tennis fans and socialites alike.
“Plus, the amount of great food, music and multiple matches occurring simultaneously during the other days is appealing for passionate and casual fans alike,” he said.
Tournament organizers are encouraging fans to purchase their tickets in advance by visiting the tournament website cincytennis.com, calling the ticket office at 513-651-0303 or purchasing from Ticketmaster.