History The Cincinnati Masters started on September 18, 1899. It is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in its original city. In August 2008, the tournament was sold to the United States Association, which is also the owner of the US Open. The Western and Southern Financial Group sponsored the event for the first time in 2002. The company continued its sponsorship until now. The Western and Southern Open 2019 will be the 120th edition of the tournament.
The most successful player in the open era of the Western and Southern Open has been Roger Federer. The Swiss ace won seven titles in Cincinnati and has also reached eight finals in the city of Ohio. Roger Federer has been in a great form and he aims to win a record eighth title at the Western and Southern Open 2019.
In the women’s side of the game, Serena Williams is the most successful player with two titles after the event turned into a premier 5 tournament on 2008. The American also reached one final at the Cincinnati Open. Again, this has been set in the Open era. Overall, Williams is still three behind Ruth Sanders Cordes and Clara Louise Zinke, who have conquered five titles each.
The youngest winner of the Western and Southern Open was Boris Becker at the age of 17 years, 8 months and 29 days. While the oldest champion was Ken Rosewall at the age of 35 years, 8 months and 19 days. Roger Federer has a chance to break this record at the Western and Southern Open 2019.
|Current Prize Money||$6,056,280 (men and women)|
|Number of Entries (Main Draw)||56|
|Number of Entries (Qualifying)||6|
|Number of Seeds||16|