The 2023 Western & Southern Open wrapped up recently, after seeing massive attendance numbers for the tournament’s nine days of world-class tennis.
This year’s event welcomed 194,340 guests, a roughly nine percent increase over 2022 (178,295), as 13 of the event’s 16 sessions sold out. Multiday ticket packages sold out in June.
An ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 event, the W&S Open is among the top tournaments on the tennis calendar and attracts tennis fans from across the world to Greater Cincinnati. This year, tournament fans came from all 50 states and 39 different countries. This year’s initial field included the world’s top 41 men and 39 women, including 14 Grand Slam champions, eight current or former world No.-1 ranked players and 11 past W&S Open Champions.
The 2023 women’s singles champion was 19-year-old American Coco Gauff, who defeated Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-4 to earn her first Masters 1000 title.
World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 2 Novak Djokovic squared off in the men’s singles final, in a thrilling rematch of the Wimbledon final from a month earlier. The 36-year-old Djokovic edged 20-year-old Alcaraz 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), in a match that lasted 3 hours, 49 minutes – the longest in W&S Open history. Djokovic later said of the marathon match, “It’s one of the toughest and most exciting matches that I’ve ever been a part of.”
This year marked Western & Southern Financial Group’s 22nd as the tournament’s title sponsor, making it the longest-running title sponsor in North American tennis. The tournament started in Cincinnati in 1899, and stands as the nation’s oldest tennis tournament still played in its original city.