The Western & Southern Open every year are the seventh of nine tennis tournaments of the ATP Masters Series and are each held in August in Cincinnati on hard court. They are part of the U.S. Open Series, a series of hard court tournaments in North America, which serves to prepare for the U.S. Open.
The tournament is one of the longest-running in the tennis world: it was first held in 1899 on a site on which now stands the Xavier University. As early as 1909 the tournament in Cincinnati Tennis Club was held, where it was held under various names until 1972. In the 70s, the locations changed, 1974, the tournament was played even in the hall, 1975-1978 at Coney Iceland in the Ohio River. In 1979 the site changed the last time the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, where it is discharged to the present. This move also changed the Tread: until 1979 the tournament was played mainly on sand, since the event is a hard court tournament. Was still considered in the 70s to take the tournament from the calendar of events, as the Cincinnati Masters is now one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world, not least the Cincinnati Masters since its introduction a fixed component of the Masters Series.
As the two held in the spring Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami will find the Canada Masters and the Cincinnati Masters held in two consecutive weeks. Therefore, it is considered a special performance to win both tournaments in the same year. This has been achieved since the introduction of the Masters Series Patrick Rafter in 1998, Andy Roddick in 2003 and Rafael Nadal in 2013, as the only double team succeeded the brothers Bob and Mike Bryan this performance in 2010; Jonas Bjorkman won the 1999 double competition both tournaments, but with different partners. Andre Agassi won in 1995 likewise in both tournaments the title, but these were not then one after the other instead.
Record winner in the Open Era is Roger Federer. He won the tournament five times.