June 2009

Spotlight On…   Cincinnati Tennis

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The Avondale Athletic Club was the first venue for the Cincinnati
Masters in 1899

Tennis anyone? Tennis has a long history in Cincinnati. Before there were established football, hockey or soccer teams in Cincinnati, tennis was the sport of choice. The Cincinnati Tennis Club was established in 1880 to accommodate the growing popularity of the sport and continues to be one of the oldest active tennis clubs in the United States. The Club has had a number of nationally ranked players and has produced two International Hall of Famers Tony Trabert and Bill Talbert. In 1983, the Cincinnati Tennis Club was entered in the National Register of Historic Places for its leadership in the development and advancement of the sport of tennis in Cincinnati. The Club continues to attract top talent by hosting the annual National Father & Son Clay Court Championship, July 24-26, 2009, with over 40 teams competing for the United States Tennis Association national title.

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Tournaments were played on clay courts at the Avondale Athletic Club

Every year, Cincinnati carries on the tradition of hosting some of the top professional tennis players in the world! The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women’s Open, August 8-23, 2009, features the men’s ATP World Tour and the women’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Also known as the Cincinnati Masters, it got its start in 1899. The tournament is the oldest tennis tournament played in its original city in the United States, with Cincinnati native Nat Emerson the very first men’s singles winner. Whether you’re looking for background information about the tournaments or the latest news, we have plenty of resources to recommend! See why Cincinnati was the first city named a “Tennis City of the Year” by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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