MASON, Ohio — After the Western and Southern Open was moved to New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tournament organizers announced Thursday that the tournament will be returning to Ohio in August. 

Organizers also announced that the tournament at Mason’s Lindner Family Tennis Center will be held at full capacity. 

The Western and Southern, which is one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world outside of the four Grand Slam events, will be held Aug. 14 through 22. It traditionally attracts the top players in men’s and women’s tennis heading into the U.S. Open.

All tickets go on sale Thursday, June 3 at 10 a.m.

“In keeping with the guidance from local government officials, we are eager to welcome fans back to the Western & Southern Open,” said tournament Chief Operating Officer Katie Haas. “The fans bring so much energy and excitement to our event, and we dearly missed them last year. We look forward to returning to Cincinnati and welcoming our fans at this year’s tournament.”

Tournament officials said that all transactions will be cashless, with reverse ATMs being installed to facilitate transactions. All tickets will be mobile. The tournament added that other pandemic-related protocols may be implemented in accordance with health regulations.

Center Court at the facility seats 11,435. The tournament also generally sells several thousand “grounds passes” that allow fans to attend matches throughout the facility. 

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka were the singles champions in 2020.