Any advice for visiting the Western & Southern Open?

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  1. BretH

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    Decided it was time to treat myself so heading this summer to Ohio for the W&S Open. Anyone have any tips on the best place to stay, tickets etc?

    My current plan is to get there the night before the round of 16 and stay 2 days - watch them and the quarterfinals then leave the following day - figuring I will have seen some great tennis but not having to stay all that long and endure crowds, etc at the semis and finals. Plus have tome to travel home.

    Ayyone? Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Dberger820

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    You can stay 20 minutes away for half the cost. If you want some really cool encounters though, stay at the official hotel. Usually listen on the tournaments website. End up seeing players all over the place that way.
     
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    Stay away from what they call chili in Southern Ohio, other than that it's a great event and if you are lucky and it's a cloudy day and the humidity not too bad you'll enjoy it a ton. Super cool laid back fans
     
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    Take some extra time and spend a day at Kings Island Amusement Park. Ride "The Beast"!! Named after Ultron.

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    Do you have the name of any of these particular places you're referring to 20 minutes away?
     
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    you take that back! Skyline is amazing
     
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    I like to use Priceline which shows hotels all around your targeted area. I usually stay in Sharonville or Blue Ash areas. This year I'm staying in Sharonville for $105/night for a good hotel. The bonus to staying there is that in the morning you're heading away from the city and avoid the heavy traffic.
     
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  8. Rjtennis

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    I was there last year and it was awesome!! I stayed in Sharronville but only because Mason was sold out. I would pay the extra cash to stay in Mason as its not that expensive. Also, if you buy a ticket in the lower level of stadium court you can walk down and sit close to the court most of the time. That's especially true during the week. I bought my tickets through Amex and it was a good package. I'd see if they have that going again.
     
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    double post...
     
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  10. woodje12

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    My tennis playing wife and two juniors loved this tournament last year. We are probably not going back this year (doing the "Grand Circle" of national parks in AZ, UT, CO this year) but will return for sure.

    The best tip is that we went to the Quarters and bought tickets for both the morning and evening sessions. Given it was the quarters we saw EVERYONE (well except Rafa who lost the previous round) and it was an awesome day. The only thing I'd do differently is that the tournament does NOT kick you out after the morning session, you just don't have a seat for the center court (granted Fed was playing at night) but you can still watch all of the outer courts. Next time, I think we'll buy Quarters morning session tickets and stay through the evening session and then go back the next day for one of the Semi's sessions...

    Enjoy the fine facility and good people (even as a Southerner I find OH people tremendously friendly).
     
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    Last year we stayed at the Super 8 (no, it's not nice), but it's walking distance.

    I plan to do it again. LIke not having to deal with parking (getting out is the bigger hassle at the end
    of the night).

    The grandstand court is where you'll see some great doubles and can really sit up close without reserved seats.
     
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    I like the early rounds because you get to see everyone. You never know when there will be an upset. Court 3 upper level you can come and go as you please without having to wait for a changeover. Comes in handy during the early rounds when you are hopping from match to match trying to catch your faves. Got to sit in the front rows for lots of grandstand matches (I was there the whole tournament 2013). If someone you like is playing on court 9, go! It's really special.

    We got to use my inlaws' RV and camp in Winton Woods. It was kind of far to drive since we were so exhausted from being there the whole tournament, but doable, and we saved a lot of money. I had a great time and would go every year if I lived closer.
     
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    bravo's near the players hotel is an awesome place to eat and the pros eat there often. In 2 trips we sat at table next to Murray, 1 table over from del portro, saw Federer walking out, 1 table away from Gasquet, and that's without reservations, etc.
     
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  14. Thebigad

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    Question - I'm seeing Grandstand and Center Court tickets being sold separately on places like StubHub. The official box office only sells tickets by day or night session. It doesn't break it down further to grandstand or center. What am I missing? If I buy a center court ticket on StubHub, will I be able to go see a grandstand match if of interest?
     
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    Yes, most seats at the grandstand are not reserved (only the lower seats). Lots of good doubles matches there.

    I've been the last three years (finals weekend) and we never got assigned seats for anything but the Stadium (purchased through the official site).

    I would not pay anyone for grandstand seats (all the seats are very close to the action).
     
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    Let's keep this thread going. Here's a tip: a two-day car rental from CVG will cost about $180 with airport fees for an economy/compact. Take an Uber to a nearby off-airport car rental agency and pay $45 for two days!

    What are the best places to be at the tennis center or otherwise to catch players coming, going, hanging out?
     
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    The players enter at the backside of the grandstand (people often hang there to get autographs). This is where they get dropped off.
    They also appear at the interview booth often near the grandstand/stadium (front side of stadium far left).

    Earlier in the week, they will be on the outer practice courts. They will advertise this info on the big screen near the entrance although it's not always accurate.

    Free sunscreen provided on site!! be sure to grab a fan, it gets hot on the stadium court especially.

    Free cups of ice. You can bring in one (1 liter) bottle of water per person. (I know a source for Dasani bottle caps so we fill ours with vodka... "Pro Tip").
     
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  18. jaggy

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    For fun I recommend both Covington and Newport across the bridge in KY. Some great bars. Downtown Cincy also has a great Scottish pub Nicholsons.
     
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    Last couple years we stayed at the Super 8 motel. Not super nice, but walking distance
    to the venue. Allowed us to go back between sessions and during rain delays. Also nice at the end of the night when it's like trying to get out of a Dead show, super jammed up.
     
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  20. Chloebell

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    I'm thinking of going next week and buying tickets right there on site......would that be ok? My wish is to find out when Federer is playing so I can get a ticket to his match. Any advise y'all can throw my way would be awesome.
     
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