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Cincinnati Tennis Ambassador Paul Flory Passes Away

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Flory© Getty ImagesPaul Flory was involved in the Western & Southern Open tournament management since 1975.

Paul Flory, the Chairman of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, died aged 90 on Thursday, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Flory served in the tournament’s management since 1975, when he was first appointed Tournament Director. Over the past 38 years, as a full-time volunteer, he was instrumental in making Cincinnati an essential stop on the ATP World Tour and WTA.

ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett said Flory's vision and dedication have made the Western & Southern Open “one of the great tournaments” on tour. “Paul is a dear friend of the ATP and we will always be grateful for the contributions he made to the ATP and tennis.”

When Flory joined the Western & Southern Open management, the tournament was played on clay courts one week after Wimbledon ended. In 1979, it moved to Mason and construction on a permanent hard-court facility, the Lindner Family Tennis Center, began two years later.

In 2004, Cincinnati also became a WTA stop and five years later the women's association upgraded the tournament to a prestigious Premier Five.

Flory, a former Proctor & Gamble Co. executive from 1947-86, was the sole Tournament Director from 1975 to 1997. He maintained a prominent position when his son, Bruce Flory, assumed the directorial role from 1998 to 2010 and when Vince Cicero took over in 2011. In 1996, Flory was presented the ATP's Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award.

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