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Pro Tennis – PORSCHE NAMED OFFICIAL AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER OF THE WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN

CINCINNATI (July, 2019) – Porsche Cars North America has been named the Exclusive Automotive Partner of the Western & Southern Open.
 
The sports car manufacturer is the exclusive partner in the automotive category of the tournament. The Western & Southern Open is one of five professional tennis events in the world to feature top-tier ATP and WTA tournaments at the same venue in the same week.
 
The 2019 agreement includes official sponsorship of the exclusive Draw Party held Friday, August 9, 2019 prior to the start of the tournament, branding of the on-court serve speed signage, and the provision of courtesy vehicles for players. In addition, Porsche will have on-site vehicle displays, Porsche racing simulators for patrons to experience during the tournament, and branding on all digital and printed tournament draws.
 
“Porsche and professional tennis both stand for performance and excellence,” said Pedro Mota, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche Cars North America. “We are proud to support the Western & Southern Open and hope we can enrich the experience for players, fans and car enthusiasts with some of our latest Porsche models.”
 
“We are excited to form this partnership with Porsche,” said Tournament Director Andre Silva. “Just as the Western & Southern Open has a great history in tennis, so, too, does Porsche. We look forward to having Porsche as part of our event in August.”
 
In 2018, the Western & Southern Open attracted more than 194,000 spectators. The reigning singles champions are ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and WTA No. 4 Kiki Bertens. In addition to the tennis, the W&S Open features more than 50 musical acts, 20 food vendors, six signature bar areas and a retail plaza for patrons to enjoy between matches.
 
The Western & Southern Open is an ATP Masters 1000 and a WTA Premier 5 tournament and is a member of the US Open Series. This year’s event will take place August 10-18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. Started in 1899, the tournament annually supports a number of charities in the Cincinnati area.
 
Tickets to all sessions of the 2019 tournament are on sale now and can be purchased at wsopen.com.
 
 
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 10-18, 2019, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the WTA. The event has drawn more than 190,000 spectators in four of the last five years, including fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries. In addition, the tournament reached a worldwide audience of more than 63 million people in 165 markets in 2018. The tournament is one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million to various beneficiaries including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the UC Health Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com.
 
About the US Open Series
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking six summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
 
About the WTA
Founded on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports by Billie Jean King in 1973, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,800 players representing 85 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record breaking global audience of 600 million. The 2019 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
 
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2019 ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2019 ATP Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.

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