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The Volvo Car Open adds three top 15 players to its field
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 1:30pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has added three top 15 players to its 2019 field – Aryna Sabalenka, Anastasija Sevastova and Ashleigh Barty. They join a strong international player field featuring Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Kiki Bertens, Madison Keys, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens, Danielle Collins and Jelena Ostapenko. The 2019 tournament is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

“We are ecstatic to announce that Aryna, Anastasija and Ash have entered the Volvo Car Open,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “Ash is one of the most well-rounded players on the tour, Anastasija is a returning VCO semifinalist and Aryna is making her Charleston debut!”

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Volvo Car Open extends main draw wild card to Charleston native Shelby Rogers
Posted on Feb 7, 2019 2:51pm ET

Shelby Rogers has received a wild card into the main draw of the Volvo Car Open. The 26-year-old Charleston native will compete in her first tournament since March 2018’s BNP Paribas Open, where she suffered a knee injury. The Volvo Car Open is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to compete again at the Volvo Car Open this April,” said Rogers. “Charleston is where it all began for me, so it is extra special to start my comeback here with the support and encouragement of my hometown, friends, and family. A big thank you to Bob Moran and Eleanor Adams for a wild card and the chance to make more memories at my favorite WTA event.”

“It’s heartbreaking to see an athlete sustain an injury that takes them out of their beloved sport. Shelby has earned her wild card through hard work during recovery, all the while with a winning attitude! We can’t wait to see her back playing on her home courts,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager.

Rogers grew up in Charleston, where she trained at the Family Circle Tennis Center and participated in the ball crew program for the Volvo Car Open. A now infamous photo features a seven-year-old Rogers handing 2001 Charleston champion Jennifer Capriati her winning flowers as part of her official ball crew duties.

In 2010, Rogers made her debut in the Volvo Car Open tournament when she competed in its qualifying rounds. During the 2017 tournament, she reached the quarterfinals, defeating the No. 1 seed and playing in four thrilling matches, three of which were decided in three sets.

The 2019 Volvo Car Open will be Rogers’ ninth time competing in the tournament.

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.

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.

For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.

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Volvo Car Open adds three young American tennis players to field
Posted on Feb 5, 2019 1:13pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has added three young American tennis players to its 2019 field - Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin and Amanda Anisimova. They join a strong international player field featuring Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Kiki Bertens, Madison Keys, Julia Goerges, Elise Mertens and Jelena Ostapenko. The 2019 tournament is scheduled for March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Collins and Kenin will help lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia on February 9 - 10 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Volvo Car Open announces new events and elevated attendees experiences for the 2019 tournament
Posted on Jan 31, 2019 3:56pm ET

The Volvo Car Open will add several new events and experiences for its 2019 tournament, scheduled March 30 – April 7 on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to its wide range of current on-and-off-court entertainment options, this year the Volvo Car Open is hosting a Gospel Brunch, immersive yoga event and enhanced Family Weekend. The tournament has also updated its dining experience to include a restaurant and sports bar on-site, as well in-seat food and beverage delivery via the Volvo Car Open’s app.

“Each year we look to expand our fan offerings both on and off the court,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “The expanded Family Weekend, presented by MUSC Health, yoga event and Gospel Brunch will really bring to life our venue and facilities. All of our new events will be in high demand so I’m urging our fans to get their tickets!”

New events at the Volvo Car Open include:

Family Weekend presented by MUSC Health
Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31
The tournament has elevated its Family Weekend to include two fun-filled days celebrating the best of the state of South Carolina. The weekend will offer a farmer’s market, beach with sand sculptures, state fair, ferris wheel, LEGO® building station, petting zoo, Fortnite-style obstacle course and much more. The event takes place during qualifying draw weekend and is free for kids 16 and under and $10 for adults. With admission, the tournament asks that Family Weekend-goers please bring a book to donate to 365Read, a Charleston program providing opportunities for students to read. To purchase tickets for Family Weekend, visit: http://volvocaropen.com/tickets/singlesessions/.

Golden: A State of Being Yoga Event
Saturday, April 6
New in 2019, Golden is an empowering and energizing yoga experience at the Volvo Car Open led by Charleston’s Sarah Frick and Ashley Cebulka. Attendees will have the opportunity to kick off the tournament’s finals weekend with mental and physical work to put them in touch with their golden core. Event-goers will tap into energizing ways to embrace transitions through both physical movement and mindset upgrades, so they can show up to any role in life being who they want to be. Tickets are $98 per person and include a general admission ticket to the Volvo Car Open’s semifinals. To purchase tickets for Golden, visit: http://volvocaropen.com/specialevents.

Gospel Brunch
Sunday, April 7
The Volvo Car Open will host a Gospel Brunch prior to its final matches on Sunday, April 7. The event will include performances by a world-renowned gospel choir and a menu featuring some of Charleston’s favorite dishes by two popular Lowcountry restaurants. The event will also feature a deluxe Bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Tickets are $115 and include a general admission ticket to the Volvo Car Open’s finals. To purchase tickets for the Gospel Brunch, visit: http://volvocaropen.com/specialevents.

In addition to the new events, this year the Volvo Car Open will also improve its food and beverage program for patrons. The tournament will build a rooftop restaurant, featuring food from Coastal Crust and Vintage Café, where attendees can make reservations to dine throughout the week. This restaurant will bring the hospitality experience known in Charleston to the Volvo Car Open. The tournament will also create a main dining hospitality tent, the Serve & Volley, providing a respite for attendees, with two prevalent Charleston restaurant concepts providing the catering. The Ultra Club sports bar will feature a lounge area with televisions, couches and shade, along with a myriad of drink options and food trucks. The tournament will share more information on the restaurant concepts and menus within the coming month.

 “Our fans will find a very different experience on the dining front with expanded restaurant options on the Grand Lawn and two new destinations - the Ultra Club sports bar and a rooftop restaurant above our Merchandise Tent overlooking our main plaza,” said Moran.

The Volvo Car Open’s app will now allow patrons in both box and terrace seating to order food and beverage to their seats. The app is free to download and is the ultimate source for tournament information, keeping attendees up-to-date on the Volvo Car Open’s schedule and order of play. The app also allows for fans to follow their favorite player, view statistics and top news stories, participate in trivia to win fun prizes, interact with other attendees and much more.

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Volvo Car Open partners with GUINOT Institut Paris on sponsorship
Posted on Jan 29, 2019 1:40pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has partnered with GUINOT Institut Paris on a new premier level sponsorship for its 2019 tournament. GUINOT, a pioneering French cosmetic company with more than 400 locations worldwide, opened its first U.S. location in November 2018 in Mount Pleasant, SC.

The skincare company features highly specialized and professionally trained beauty therapists. They will be part of the Volvo Car Open’s style lounge, an area for players to relax and be pampered with facials or makeup applications in-between matches. Players will also have the opportunity to visit the flagship U.S. beauty center for additional services before and during the tournament.

“We’re very excited to have GUINOT join us as a sponsor this year,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open President. “The relationship is a perfect marriage combining local activation and international exposure. We will help drive home the message that GUINOT chose Charleston to open their first U.S. beauty center. At the same time our 20 million viewers will see the GUINOT brand featured prominently on stadium court during our domestic and international broadcasts. In Charleston, we like to pamper our players and GUINOT will help us deliver an elevated beauty experience like no other!”

GUINOT hopes to create a Paris experience for the Volvo Car Open’s player field. The Charleston tournament is the kick-off to the clay court tennis season, which culminates at the French Open.

"It is with great pride that we have opened the first fully branded GUINOT Skin Care Salon in Mount Pleasant, offering the entire line of GUINOT treatments and products,” said Jean Baudrand, General Manager of GUINOT Carolinas. “The Volvo Car Open captures the essence of our brand by the quality of the tournament, the dedication of its staff, competitive spirit which animate the event, as well as its laser focus on the overall experience for the players and the fans. We could not think of a better partnership and look forward to the top tennis players in the world experiencing GUINOT.”

GUINOT has sponsored tennis players on the WTA and ATP since 2008, and recently partnered with the Miami Open as a 2018 tournament sponsor.

Founded more than 50 years ago in Paris by chemical engineer René Guinot, GUINOT’s approach to specialized skincare treatment reached a new level of innovation in the 1970’s when Jean-Daniel Mondin equated the process of giving skincare advice to that of pharmacists providing prescriptions. Now, the business model is based on the foundation of licensed estheticians, also known as beauty therapists, providing personalized client consultations and treatment prescriptions focused on the face and body and concentrating in anti-aging, firming, sun treatments and waxing.

Mount Pleasant’s GUINOT center is located at 1161 Oakland Market Road in The Market at Oakland shopping center and features four state-of-the-art treatment rooms with heated and fully adjustable beds. The Beauty Center specializes in world-renowned, age defying facials that focus on the face, eyes and neck including firming, cleansing, peeling, lifting and relaxation treatments. GUINOT is also highly sought-after for their body treatments—slimming anti-cellulite, body contouring, skin renewing exfoliation, self-tanning and thermo-relaxing—which range in price from $45-$125. The Beauty Center offers full-body Depilation (waxing), which is less painful than regular waxing and proven to last longer. Customers can also access a full line of cosmetic products and GUINOT’s unique makeup line, Master Colors.

With plans already underway to continue to further GUINOT’s exposure in South Carolina, Baudrand will open two additional beauty centers in the Charleston region in 2019, the first in Summerville’s Nexton community.

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.

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.

For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 800.677.2293.

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Men's Tennis Returns to Charleston with Four Former World No. 1s
Posted on Jan 23, 2019 4:17pm ET

The Invesco Series, a competitive tennis circuit featuring some of the ATP’s former top-ranked players, makes its way back to Charleston on Saturday, April 6th at 8:30pm at the Volvo Car Stadium. The event includes four champions playing two semifinal matches, with the winners meeting in a final. The format is meant to be entertaining for fans with players calling their own scores and interacting with the crowds.

The 2019 player field will welcome some of the biggest names ever to play the sport to Charleston, including Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick. Each legend boasts an impressive tennis career spanning several decades.

“We truly enjoy our long running partnership with the Invesco Series,” said Bob Moran, President of Charleston Tennis, LLC. “It allows us to bring some of the best players, who’ve played the game at the highest level, to Charleston for our fans to experience. All four of these athletes are Grand Slam Champions, which will provide an amazing contest of talent and skill.”

Mats Wilander
Sweden's Wilander is a former World No. 1 and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He won 33 singles titles in 220 tournaments and held a 571-222 record - one of the 30th best records in history. In his 15-year career, he led Sweden's Davis Cup team to seven straight finals and three wins. During 1988, Wilander was the most dominant player on the ATP Tour, winning three of the four Grand Slams. Only three other male players have accomplished that feat in the Open era.

Jim Courier
Courier is an American former world No. 1 tennis player, who won four Grand Slam titles - two at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. He won 23 single titles and spent a total of 58 weeks ranked World No. 1. As a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, he reached the finals at all four Grand Slam championships during his career, a rare accomplishment. Courier also played on two winning Davis Cup teams. In the history of the Davis Cup, no other American has ever taken his team into a fifth set of the deciding match and won. However, Courier has done this twice.

Lleyton Hewitt
Hailing from Australia, Hewitt is a former World No. 1 tennis player and a two-time Grand Slam singles champion. He holds the record as the youngest male tennis player to be ranked World No. 1, which he achieved at just 20-years-old. During his career, he won 30 singles titles and held an impressive 616-262 record. Hewitt also lead Australia to the Davis Cup title in 1999 and 2003 and currently serves as the Australian team captain.

Andy Roddick
Roddick is an American former world No. 1 tennis player, who holds 32 singles titles. He won the singles title at the 2003 US Open and continues to be the most recent American male player to win a Grand Slam title. During his career, he also reached four other Grand Slam finals. Roddick was ranked in the year-end top 10 for nine consecutive years. During the 2004 Davis Cup semifinals, Roddick hit the fastest recorded serve in history, at the time, which was recorded at 155 miles per hour.

 “I’ve always really enjoyed playing in Charleston, which is one of the best tennis towns in the country,” said Roddick. “I have great memories there dating back to our Davis Cup match there in 2004 and look forward to making more during our Invesco Series QQQ event this April.”

Tickets start at $30 for terrace level seating to the Volvo Car Stadium’s Invesco Series. A limited number of box seats are still available. For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com/invescoseriesqqq or call 843.856.7900.

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Volvo Car Open partners with Universal Tennis for a qualifying wild card tournament
Posted on Jan 11, 2019 8:35pm ET

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.

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2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and World No. 12 Elise Mertens join VCO field
Posted on Jan 3, 2019 5:07pm ET

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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You got served... 25% off!
Posted on Nov 23, 2018 10:21am ET

Want to have a RALLY good time? The Volvo Car Open has served you with an ACE!

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!

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The Holly Volley days are upon us
Posted on Nov 16, 2018 4:45pm ET

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.

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