What do tennis addicts in Michigan do in August besides play tennis and then play more tennis?
Well, they go to Cincinnati, Ohio, and watch tennis, what else!
As an official “Tennis Addict” I play tennis all year-round. The winter indoor season is OK, but the summer outdoor season is off-the-hook.
There are tennis mixers, with cookouts and card playing. It’s a giant party, only with tennis balls and racquets. The skillset and trash-talking take center stage and wannabees watch the masters in awe.
There aren’t any big-time pro tennis tournaments in Michigan, but as little (or as far) as four hours away in either direction, north to Toronto and south toward Cincinnati, there is.
So, in August, groups of Detroit-area tennis players make the drive to spend a day trip, or days-long trip, or even a week or two, soaking up the wonderful pro tennis to be had at the Western & Southern Open, in Cincinnati (really Mason), Ohio.
So far, Cincinnati has been the location of choice, even though I’m quite familiar with Toronto. In Cincy, I can see top male and female pro tennis players, and the tournament is two weeks long. In Toronto, it would be either one or the other gender, with a week long tournament. Either way though, as a tennis addict, I’m happy.
The Western & Southern Open, held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center is just awesome. It is definitely tennis lover friendly. Walking the tennis grounds and practice courts, you are very up close and personal with the pros, who are so friendly to their adoring fans who are patiently waiting for autographs. The tennis fans, are in turn, very respectful of the pros practice time and personal space.
The Lindner Family Tennis Center recenty completed renovations that added more courts and space and other facilities, which has made the Center even better for pros and fans. I think there are more renovations planned for future expansion.
If you are a tennis lover, and you live within four hours of Cincinnati, this is definitely one of the best tennis tournaments you can attend.
The Cincy tournament just ended this past Sunday, and Detroit-area tennis players were well represented.