Watching tennis with a camera my photos, my words

Each August I spend a few days watching and photographing the world’s best tennis players competing in the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. And each September I use the new photos as my featured gallery.

The Western & Southern Open is about as close to a Grand Slam tennis tournament as an event can get. It's one of only nine tournaments in the world where the top men and women play simultaneously at the same site: the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), and combined ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events in Rome, Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells, Calif., along with Cincinnati.

Alexander Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.

The Cincy tournament is two weeks before the U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam of the year, so top players from the ATP and WTA flock to Cincinnati to hone their games for New York. But this year many of the world’s top players were sidelined when the tournament began. Seven of the world’s top 10 men were out with injuries: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic all withdrew from the event with injury (Federer withdrew with back problems after the tournament began but before the day of his match); Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka have announced they will not play again this season because of injury. On the women’s side, top player Serena Williams is on maternity leave. Having the top player on the circuit out has left a huge void that none of the others on tour have been able to fill.

David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.

This year I attended day-session matches the first three days of the tournament and saw most of the players in action. And there were some good story lines. David Ferrer (above), the 37-year-old Spaniard, continued what seems to be a career rebirth for the aggressive, undersized player by reaching the semifinals. Young Americans Jared Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe each advanced through the first two rounds of the tournament.

Simona Halep (Romania) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.

The women’s title was won by Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion who rolled past Simona Halep (above) from Romania in the finals. Muguruza was ranked sixth in the world entering the tournament. Halep was ranked second and would have moved to number one with a win in the finals. It was the third time this year that Halep lost when a victory would move her to the top spot in the WTA rankings.

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria (above) won the men’s title in straight sets over Nick Kyrgios of Australia. Dimitrov entered the tournament ranked 11th in the ATP world rankings and will move into the top 10 entering the U.S. Open. It was his first title in an ATP Masters 1000 event.

It’s a great tournament and a fun place to have a camera.

See the full gallery on my website.

Angelique Kerber (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Venus Williams (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Alexander Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Madison Keys (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Richard Gasquet (France) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Simona Halep (Romania) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Daria Gavrilova (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Nick Kyrgios (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Goffin (Belgium) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Alize Cornet (France) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Venus Williams (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Angelique Kerber (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Sam Querrey (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Richard Gasquet (France) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Elena Vesnina (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Steve Johnson (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Joao Sousa (Portugal) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Julia Goerges (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Alexander Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Simona Halep (Romania) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Jared Donaldson (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Kristina Mladenovic (France) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Fabio Fognini (Italy) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Oceane Dodin (France) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Nick Kyrgios (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Catherine Bellis (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Frances Tiafoe (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Camila Giorgi (Italy) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Venus Williams (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Mischa Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Madison Keys (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Donald Young (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Tommy Paul (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Daria Kasatkina (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Hyeon Chung (South Korea) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Venus Williams (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Fabio Fognini (Italy) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Daniil Medvedev (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Kyle Edmund (England) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Maximilian Marterer (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Elena Vesnina (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Angelique Kerber (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Stefan Kozlov, (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ashleigh Barty (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Sam Querrey (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Nick Kyrgios (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Taylor Townsend (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
John-Patrick Smith (Australia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Venus Williams (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
David Ferrer (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Mitchell Krueger (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Alison Riske (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Mischa Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Frances Tiafoe (United States) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
Alexander Zverev (Germany) at the Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason, Ohio.
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