Cincinnati Masters 2021: How Many Fans Can Attend the Western and Southern Open?

Published 08/03/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
MASON, OH – AUGUST 21: General view of the grandstand as Martina Hingis of Switzerland and CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States serve during the women’s doubles final against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic and Sania Mirza of India on Day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 21, 2016 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


Tennis has reached the North American region and players are getting ready for the hardcourt events. The Western and Southern Open begins on the 14th of August and will be concluded on the 22nd of August. It is one of the highly anticipated events on the calendar.

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Like most of the last season and the initial part of the current season, organizers at various tournaments had to make a harsh decision of not allowing crowds. The main reason for this decision was the ongoing war with the coronavirus. However, fans will be allowed to attend the matches up to full capacity taking place at the Western and Southern Open this year. 

Aug 29, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) with her 2nd place trophy on the court during the awards ceremony for singles champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Osaka withdrew from the Western & Southern Open final due to a left hamstring injury. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The tournament chief operating officer stated, “In keeping with the guidance from local government officials, we are eager to welcome fans back to the Western & Southern Open. The fans bring so much energy and excitement to our event, and we dearly missed them last year. We look forward to returning to Cincinnati and welcoming our fans at this year’s tournament.”

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Western and Southern Open to sell tickets digitally

Ticket sales have already begun and are selling rapidly. However, this year the sales of the tickets will be done digitally, through online transactions. Nonetheless, the transition to digital ticketing will have no impact on the process to purchase tickets when they go on sale on June 3. 

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Aug 29, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) reacts against Milos Raonic (CAN) during the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In the previous season, the event was held in New York due to the global pandemic. Victoria Azarenka won the event in the women’s category and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won the title in the men’s. It will be interesting to see if he can defend his title or no. All eyes will be on the top players competing for the biggest of prizes. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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