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Western & Southern Open Leaving Mason For New York This Year

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Justin Sheldon
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Courtesy Western & Southern Open
2017 Western & Southern Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza."

The Western & Southern Open will move to New York for this year only because of the pandemic. On Wednesday the tournament announced specifics including how ticket holders can get their money back.

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Credit Western & Southern
These stands will remain empty this year, as the tennis tournament has been moved to New York for 2020.

A statement from the tournament says the WTA Premier 5 and ATP Masters 1000 will be staged at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York August 20-28, 2020.

The thinking is that players will not have to travel as much, as they will already be in New York for the U.S. Open.

The first reports of  a double-header in New York surfaced earlier this month.

Ticket holders who purchased seats directly from Western & Southern or Ticketmaster are eligible for a full refund. Also, holders of certain categories of tickets will be given an option of retaining their seats for 2021. Full details can be found at wsopen.com/2020

Mason tournament officials say the economic impact of the Western & Southern, combined with capital improvements, was $123 million in 2018.

It was going to be held August 15-23 in Mason this year.