The Volvo Car Open announced today that it has partnered with Universal Tennis on a qualifying wild card tournament, with the winner receiving entry into the WTA Premiere event’s qualifying player field.
The tournament, hosted February 28 – March 3, 2019 at the Family Circle Tennis Center, will include a 32-player draw. Players will be seeded based on their Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle. This unique event will provide the opportunity for any female tennis player with a UTR of 11+ to compete for a spot in the professional tennis tournament.
UTR Powered by Oracle is the only global tennis rating system that compares all players, regardless of age, gender, or geography across a single, unified scale. The system is growing quickly worldwide and is being adopted by players, coaches, academies, colleges, clubs and organizers as the most reliable way to measure tennis skill level. The MyUTR engagement platform features a fully integrated event and tournament management system, where tennis events are organized around player UTRs to facilitate competitive, level-based play.
“We look forward to partnering with the Volvo Car Open to create a new opportunity for talented players to play to qualify for the main draw of the tournament,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO. “We will also be working closely with the venue to create more compelling year-round opportunities for level-based competition for players of all levels.”
The tournament match play format will consist of two out of three sets, with a match tiebreak for the third.
“We are very excited to create an official partnership with UTR by hosting a wild card event for a spot in our qualifying draw of the 2019 Volvo Car Open,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “However, this relationship will go far beyond this event. UTR provides the most accurate and real-time assessment of a player’s ability. It cuts through gender and age to provide a vehicle for men and women to play together and juniors to play with adults based on their UTR rating. We, as a year-round venue, find great value in being able to create and cultivate an even more close-knit community of tennis players. UTR will truly provide a standard for all players!”
The nine day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America and attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players. Its 2019 field features seven of the top 25 players in the world, including Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens.
Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $540 for an all-inclusive weeklong package with complimentary access into a private hospitality suite. The Volvo Car Open also offers packages that include premium seats, ticket savings and membership into the tournament’s Ace Club.
The Ace Club is a program for package holders that provides unparalleled amenities and benefits during the tournament, including private bag storage, invitations to the “Selection Party”, a tournament poster, incentive membership cards and much more. In addition, members have the option to opt-in for Ace Lounge access, an exclusive hospitality location providing first-class amenities like live entertainment, air-conditioning, elevated food options and more.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293. To sign up for the tournament, visit the event page on UTR here.
2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and World No. 12 Elise Mertens will compete in the Volvo Car Open, the WTA tournament scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Ostapenko was a 2017 Charleston finalist, however the 2019 tournament will mark the first time Mertens has competed in the Lowcountry. With the addition of Mertens and Ostapenko, the field features seven of the world’s top 25 tennis players, including Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Madison Keys.
“Both Jelena and Elise are welcome additions to our 2019 field,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Jelena had a fantastic run the first time she played in Charleston, and with Elise’s sensational season, we’re really looking forward to watching their talents on display come April.”
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Nothing is better than swinging into the holiday season with a great holiday deal! Starting today through Cyber Monday, the Volvo Car Open is offering 25% off single session tickets! And, since we are in the holiday spirit, the promotion is also valid for the Invesco Series event!
Charleston, South Carolina has served as a popular vacation destination for decades, so no wonder why tennis lovers take advantage of the Volvo Car Open’s exceptional location. The city is one of the most charming southern cities you will ever visit with its authentic Southern architecture and history.
For tennis fanatics, the Volvo Car Open is the largest professional women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The events hosts more than 100 world-class women athletes, who travel to Charleston each year to compete for the coveted title. More importantly, the players and fans alike come back for the experience of southern hospitality, cuisine and history. One of the perks that the Volvo Car Open offers is the opportunity to be close-up to the legends in tennis, as well as the up-and-coming players on tour. If you are struggling to find that perfect gift for the tennis fan in your life, the Volvo Car Open has you covered!
Ace your gift giving this season by taking advantage of the limited Volvo Car Open holiday packages. Choose between three packages - the Satur-yay, Weekend Warrior and Family 4 Pack.
Who doesn’t say yay to Saturday and savings? The Satur-yay package saves you 22% and includes:
- 2 terrace level tickets for the semifinals
- 2 terrace level tickets for the men’s legend event, Invesco Series QQQ
- $50 food & beverage gift card
- Ace lounge access
Cost: $290. Purchase here.
Nothing says ily more than the Fam(ily) 4 Pack! The package is available for Monday, April 1st, Tuesday, April 2nd, or Wednesday, April 3rd! This package saves you 20% off regular admission prices and includes:
- 2 adult terrace tickets
- 2 junior terrace tickets
- Four food and beverage vouchers for a hotdog, chips and drink
Cost: $160. Purchase here.
Who's ready to soak in our semifinals and finals? The Weekend Warrior Package is available for Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th. You save 20% and includes:
- 2 general admission seats to the semifinals
- 2 general admission seats to the finals
Cost: $100. Purchase here.
The 2018 tennis season began with Caroline Wozniacki accomplishing the biggest milestone of her career - winning her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Ten months later the Dane is still going strong and lifted her third WTA title of the season in Beijing. Wozniacki recently stated that eight was her lucky number, and coincidentally it’s been eight years since she last won the title in Beijing.
On her 2018 season, Wozniacki was quoted saying she “felt it was my year”.
Sloane Stephens, the World No. 8 and 2018 Miami Open Champion, became the sixth player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. The 25-year-old is set to make her WTA Finals debut with a 33-17 win/loss record this season, including four top 10 victories under her belt.
Stephens had another successful year after starting the season as the newly crowned 2017 US Open Champion.
2018 Volvo Car Open champion and World No. 10 Kiki Bertens and finalist and World No. 9 Julia Goerges will play in the 2019 Volvo Car Open, March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. The two top 10 players join World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 8 Sloane Stephens and World No. 19 Madison Keys in the current player field. The 2019 Volvo Car Open now features four of the WTA’s top 10 players in its field.
“Kiki and Julia are not only our 2018 champion and finalist, but also two of the most talented and gracious players on the Tour,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “With the addition of Kiki and Julia into our field, we now have four top 10 players in contention for the Charleston title next April. We’re looking forward to the exciting rounds of competition to come!”
Kiki Bertens is continuing her career best year as she lifted her third WTA title of the season and her seventh overall, this past Sunday, in a 2 hour and 22 minute battle against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in Seoul.
The world No. 11 Bertens had a successful week by only dropping one set in route to the finals, while Tomljanovic needed three sets in each of her previous matches. However, Tomljanovic did not show any signs of fatigue and pushed the Dutchwoman to a thrilling three set match.
Madison Keys has committed to play the 2019 Volvo Car Open, March 30 – April 7, 2019 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. The 23-year-old American will join US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki in the growing player field.
Keys’ 2018 season includes two semifinal Grand Slam finishes at the US Open and French Open, and one quarterfinal Grand Slam finish at the Australian Open. In addition, she reached the semifinals at the Volvo Car Open and the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.
Ben Navarro, the CEO of Charleston-based Sherman Financial Group and the founder of education non-profit Meeting Street Schools, has acquired the sanction of the WTA Volvo Car Open along with the operations of the Family Circle Tennis Center and Volvo Car Stadium. With this change, Charleston Tennis LLC will now become a locally-owned and operated organization.
“I look forward to building on the current tournament tradition that is already 47 years in the making with the Volvo Car Open,” said Navarro. “Bob Moran and his team have created a tennis legacy in Charleston with the event and its facilities. Our goal is to continue to grow the tournament’s impact, promote junior tennis in Charleston, and make the sport more accessible for all. Personally, Charleston Tennis LLC’s mission of giving back and making a positive influence on our community align with my family’s values and beliefs.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ben over the last year through his commitment to growing tennis here in Charleston. His club LTP Tennis has hosted numerous ITF and junior tournaments culminating with the US Girls Clay Court National Championship, held this past July,” said Bob Moran, President of Charleston Tennis LLC. “I’m blown away with not only Ben’s commitment to tennis, but his love for this community. His work with Meeting Street Schools is truly inspiring. Our team is excited to get started building towards the 2019 Volvo Car Open and working with Ben and his team to create an even bigger and better experience for our players, fans and partners. With this commitment and investment to build world-class experiences by our new owner, and the support of our title sponsor, Volvo Car USA, we will continue to remain a vibrant part of the Charleston community for years to come.”
The Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The international event attracts players and fans from across the globe and reaches more than 20 million fans worldwide via The Tennis Channel and international broadcast partners. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public tennis facility with 20 championship courts and a 10,200-seat stadium. The center is a year-round facility with daily adult and junior tennis programing, including an on-site, full-time tennis academy. In addition, the stadium hosts an annual concert series and a broad range of programs and events.
The Volvo Car Open contributes a direct impact of 30 million dollars into the local economy each year through visitors, hotels, restaurants, travel and tourism. Indirectly, the tournament generates billions of impressions through its international broadcast, press coverage and ad campaign, all collectively promoting the Lowcountry domestically and abroad. The tournament is responsible for housing all players, officials, out-of-town staff and domestic and international TV production crews. More than 2,500 room nights the week of the Volvo Car Open are booked for staffing alone. This does not account for the tournament’s average of 90,000 attendees, in which 50 percent are from out of town and who will shop, dine and take in attractions while attending the event.
Steve Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman stated, “Rooted in the WTA’s rich history as one of the very first tournaments in 1973, it is a pleasure to see both the tradition and growth of this event continue. We are delighted to welcome Ben’s ownership to the Volvo Car Open and look forward to the positive impact this will have on the continued success of one of the premier women’s tennis events in the world.”
In conjunction with Tennis Channel and WTA Media, the Volvo Car Open is showcased from the first ball struck in main draw competition to the last ball played in finals, throughout the U.S. and 174 international partners. The tournament receives more than 100 hours of tennis; live from Charleston, broadcast across the globe to millions of fans.
Navarro is also the owner of LTP Tennis Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He and his wife are avid tennis fans and their four children play the sport.
“The opportunity to partner with someone so passionate about tennis and our community is a perfect fit,” said Moran.
The 2019 Volvo Car Open will take place March 30 – April 7. The tournament will continue to be operated by Charleston Tennis, LLC. Daily procedures and current staff will not be affected by the acquisition.
For more information on the Volvo Car Open and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.
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