Mason, Ohio – State Representative Adam Mathews (R-Lebanon) announced this week the inclusion of new funding for the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament in the latest version of the state operating budget.

Mathews introduced this amendment to the budget, which includes $22.5 million for a one-time investment in the continuation of the tournament. “Since the tournament was acquired by new owners who seek its expansion, Mathews has championed the effort to support its continued growth in the City of Mason,” according to a press release issued by the Representative.

“The Western and Southern Open is among the most coveted tennis tournaments in the world, and its presence here in Mason is a testament to the strength and vitality of our community,” Mathews said. “By including these new funds in the budget, we aim to support new growth of the tournament and ensure it remains here in Mason for years to come. I am grateful for the community partners that have joined in working so hard to ensure this event remains in Ohio.”

The current version of the state operating budget was approved this week in the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration. The tournament brings in over 180,000 visitors from all 50 states and $80 million to the local area every year.

In 2022, Benjamin W. Navarro (born 1962/1963) bought the Western & Southern Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament on the ATP and WTA tour.

Navarro (born 1962/1963) is an American billionaire businessman, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sherman Financial Group, LLC, which owns Credit One Bank. (Source: Wikipedia)

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