1899- The Avondale Athletic Club, located at what is now Xavier University, held the first ever “Cincinnati Open.” Thirty-six players entered for their chance at the titles, making the event larger than that year’s U.S. Championships.
1912- In April, Richard Norris Williams II boarded the Titanic for his trip across the Atlantic. Williams managed to survive the sinking by holding onto a raft in the freezing waters for six hours. His doctor recommended leg amputation, but Williams chose the riskier therapy route. Three months later, he entered the Cincinnati Open.
1969- The women’s final, an intense match between Leslie Turner Bower and Gail Sherrife Chanfeau, takes an incredible three-and-a-half hours and only ends when Chanfeau collapses on court. “We’re too alike,” Chanfreau later said. “Neither would give up.”
2015- After she won her second W&S title, Serena Williams dined at Sotto with Drake. The dinner caught national attention when TMZ shared a blurry photo they claimed showed the two locking lips. Love-love.