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.
Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens, both Grand Slam and Volvo Car Open champions, have committed to play the 2019 Volvo Car Open, March 30 – April 7, 2019 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Welcoming back two of our own champions is a great way to kick off the 2019 tournament,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Both Caroline and Sloane have had sensational seasons, and already having two Grand Slam champions in our field takes our competition to the next level. We know our fans are in for a very special week in 2019!
The Volvo Car Open, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, will host its 47th event March 30 - April 7, 2019 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. The highly anticipated competition features the best in women’s professional tennis, welcoming more than 100 of the top tennis players in the world to the Lowcountry. The nine-day tournament showcases a singles draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 players. In addition, the event boasts an average attendance of 90,000.
Tickets for the 2019 Volvo Car Open will go on sale Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9am ET.
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.
“Each year, our goal as a tournament is to improve our attendee experience and deliver a world-class event,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “We are confident that our 2019 tournament will provide another outstanding occasion for our guests. We’re excited about our emerging player field, along with the enhancements we’re making on-site with hospitality, technology and activities. Add all this in with the backdrop of Charleston, SC and the Volvo Car Open is an unforgettable experience for tennis fans from around the world.”
During the tournament this year, attendees sitting in the box and terrace levels will be able to purchase food and drinks for in-stadium delivery via the Volvo Car Open app. In addition, attendees can download the free app to stay up-to-date on the schedule and order of play, follow their favorite player, view statistics and top stories, participate in trivia to win fun prizes, interact with other attendees and much more.
The Invesco Series QQQ, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary male tennis icons and world-renowned champions, will also return to the Volvo Car Stadium. The event occurs the night of Saturday, April 6th and will include four champions playing two semifinal matches, with the winners meeting in a championship. The format is meant to be entertaining for fans with players calling their own scores and interacting with the crowds.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.
Kiki Bertens is continuing her success after lifting the trophy in Charleston at the Volvo Car Open. The Dutchwoman has climbed fourteen places since Charleston by capturing the biggest title of her career in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open. Impressively, Bertens has had to save match points in both her titles this year.
Many people aren't familiar with Bertens record on grass and hard-court surfaces. Bertens is a powerful player with explosive groundstrokes and although her game sounds perfect for these fast-paced surfaces, in the past she has seen most of her success on clay. In fact before this year's grass and hard court season, all five of her WTA titles had been on clay and her best result in a Grand Slam was a semifinal run at the 2016 French Open. Surprisingly, Bertens had never made a final on either grass or hard-court surfaces, and her record was 0-11 against top ten players.
Catch up with what your favorite players had to say about the Volvo Car Open. Transcripts will be available 24 hours after a press conference.
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