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Two-time Wimbledon Champion, Petra Kvitova, to make Volvo Car Open debut
Posted on Dec 12, 2016 2:19pm ET

Petra Kvitova will make her Charleston, South Carolina tennis debut at the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island. Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion and currently ranked World No. 11. She ended the 2016 season in impressive fashion, picking up titles at Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as helping the Czech Republic to a historic fifth Fed Cup trophy in six years.

In addition to Kvitova, the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament includes:

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World No. 10 Johanna Konta, 2016 Champion, Sloane Stephens and 2016 Finalist, Elena Vesnina Back for 2017 Volvo Car Open
Posted on Nov 21, 2016 10:43am ET

Johanna Konta, the new World No. 10, Sloane Stephens, the 2016 Volvo Car Open Champion and Elena Vesnina, the 2016 Volvo Car Open Finalist and Olympic Gold Medalist, have all committed to play in the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. They join Former World No. 1’s Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 8 Madison Keys and Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig in the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament.

“Our player commitments continue to grow, and we are thrilled to bring Johanna, Sloane and Elena to Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “The fans are in for a real treat in 2017 – another top 10 player, past champion and Gold Medalist are coming to town! Each have had impressive 2016 seasons, and will up the competition in our field next year.”

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Tags: Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Elena Vesnina, Volvo Car Open
 
Caroline Wozniacki Commits to 2017 Volvo Car Open
Posted on Oct 19, 2016 9:47am ET

The Volvo Car Open announced today that Caroline Wozniacki has committed to play in its 2017 tournament, April 1st – 9th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. She joins Former World No. 1 Venus Williams, World No. 7 Madison Keys and Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig in the player field forming for the 45th year of the WTA premier tournament.

Wozniacki will compete in Charleston for the fifth time in 2017, where she holds a 14-3 record. She was a finalist in 2009 and won the title in 2011.

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Volvo Car Open Partners with Sloane Stephens to Support Soles4Souls
Posted on Mar 30, 2016 11:24am ET

Attention anyone with a closet:  Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

That’s the message being delivered by American tennis star, Sloane Stephens and the Volvo Car Open, which has launched a drive to collect 2,500 shoes to help achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic, via Soles4Souls. Used and new shoes can be dropped off in Charleston from April 2nd – 10th at the Volvo Car Open, 161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston, SC, and at O2 Fitness Club, 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC, where shoe collection bins will be placed. Anyone that donates a pair of shoes at either location is eligible to receive a free pair of general admission tickets to a Sloane Stephens match.

Stephens will make an appearance at the Johnnie Dodds location of Mt. Pleasant's O2 Fitness Club to raise awareness for Soles4Soles on Sunday, April 3rd at 11am.

Stephens has partnered with the Nashville-based charity to collect new and used shoes and clothing and redistribute to people in need through direct donations and micro-enterprise partners. The Volvo Car Open has signed on as one of Stephens’ Soles4Souls tournament partners, along with the Miami Open, City Open, Western & Southern Open and the Louisville International Open.

Since its inception in 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed over 26 million pairs of shoes to the underprivileged in 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, and Haiti, as well as all fifty U.S. states.

The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented.  The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty.  Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well being.  Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school.  And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.

“I feel very fortunate to be working with Soles4Souls and to have the opportunity to create a positive change for those less fortunate, said Stephens. “As athletes, we receive clothing and shoes that could be donated to create opportunities for others. I am honored to be in a position to make a small difference in the lives of others and help support a powerful and sustainable way for people to lift­ themselves and their families out of poverty.”

“Sloane and Volvo Car Open are supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director.  “Sloane is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.”

To donate to Soles4Souls in Charleston, South Carolina, bring your shoes to:

  • The Volvo Car Open, 161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston, SC 29492
  • O2 Fitness, 910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293 or visit http://www.volvocaropen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.

About Soles4Souls:
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothing both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

 
Enhanced Fan Engagement at the Volvo Car Open
Posted on Mar 28, 2016 4:32pm ET

The Volvo Car Open has added a variety of viewer experiences to enhance its fans’ engagement on-site during the tournament, taking place April 2nd – 10th on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

The biggest change on-site will happen at Althea Gibson Club Court. For the first time in tournament history, club court will have an on-court announcer, providing introductions for the players, conducting post match interviews and interacting with the crowds. The court will also receive supplementary seating surrounding its perimeter, offering a more intimate stadium feeling.

Billie Jean King Stadium Court will receive an additional jumbotron, giving every seat the perfect view for highlights, scores and in-stadium experiences. The 11' x 17' large screen televisions will be housed on the Northwest and Southeast sides of the stadium.

Viewing stations will be situated around the grounds, providing attendees different vantage points of the courts. These will be positioned on outer play and practice courts.

Lastly, the Volvo Car Open has partnered with Stre.am to broadcast live video from all outer tournament tennis courts, including practice courts. Five courts will be affixed with multiple cameras showcasing different angles of the court. Fans can tap into the URL (https://stre.am/volvocaropen), which will go live on April 2nd, and get a live look at the action happening on various courts. This is the first time Stre.am has provided a platform for its users to view multiple channels at one time.

“We are extremely excited to provide a new level of entertainment for our fans,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “From creating a second tennis destination at Club Court to providing a live look at the courts around our grounds, fans now have the ability to tap into any Volvo Car Open match from anywhere on-site, or the world for that matter via ESPN2, ESPN3 or Stre.am.”

All singles matches on Billie Jean King Stadium Court and Althea Gibson Club Court will be streamed via ESPN3, and the tournament will receive live coverage on ESPN2 for select matches beginning on April 7th.

Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293 or visit http://www.volvocaropen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.
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Volvo Car Open's Qualifying Draw Complete
Posted on Mar 24, 2016 9:08pm ET

The qualifying draw for the Volvo Car Open is officially complete for the tournament, with qualifying rounds beginning on April 2nd and finishing on April 3rd. Volvo Car Open’s qualifying draw consists of 32 players – 28 direct entry participants and four wild cards. Eight players in the qualifying field will advance into the main draw of the Volvo Car Open, which starts on April 4th.

The qualifying round highlights a range of past Charleston players, including Shelby Rogers, the local fan-favorite, who grew up on Daniel Island and volunteered as a ball girl at the tournament, Jana Cepelova, a finalist in the 2014 Family Circle Cup, and Lauren Davis, who reached the quarterfinals of the tournament last year.

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Three Past Champions Return for the 2016 Volvo Car Open
Posted on Feb 10, 2016 10:19am ET

Jelena Jankovic, the 2007 Family Circle Cup champion, Sabine Lisicki, the 2009 Family Circle Cup champion and Samantha Stosur, the 2010 Family Circle Cup champion, will all return to Charleston for the inaugural Volvo Car Open, April 2nd – 10th, 2016, on Daniel Island, S.C. The three former champions join fellow champs Venus Williams (2004), Andrea Petkovic (2014) and Angelique Kerber (2015) in the world-class player field forming for the 2016 tournament.

“As former champions of our tournament, Jelena, Sam and Sabine have acquired a large fan following in Charleston,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manger. “Combined, this year will mark 29 tournaments in Charleston for these three talented ladies. We are so lucky!”

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Lucie Safarova and Belinda Bencic to play the Volvo Car Open
Posted on Dec 15, 2015 2:28pm ET

Lucie Safarova and Belinda Bencic have committed to play in the inaugural Volvo Car Open (formerly the Family Circle Cup), April 2nd – 10th, 2016, on Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C. The World No. 9, Safarova, and World No.14, Bencic, join Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys and Andrea Petkovic in the Charleston player field; showcasing three top 10 players, six top 25 players.

Both Safarova and Bencic had the best year of their career in 2015.

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Angelique Kerber Qualifies for BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
Posted on Oct 22, 2015 2:29pm ET

Angelique Kerber, the 2015 Family Circle Cup champion (now the Volvo Car Open), has qualified for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. She will make her third appearance in the WTA Finals, qualifying in both 2012 and 2013. She was first alternate in 2014.

Kerber has won four Premiere-level WTA titles this season. Beginning with her win in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup, she went on to win the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

Kerber’s season soared following her title run in Charleston. In addition to capturing three more titles, she made the quarterfinals in Tokyo and Beijing, the semifinals in Nurnberg and Wuhan, and most recently the final in Hong Kong. She also reached World No. 7, her highest ranking since March 2014, when she was World No. 6.

Kerber joins Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Flavia Pennetta and Lucie Safarova in the WTA Finals singles field of eight.

Staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1 in partnership with Lagardère Sports, the 2015 WTA Finals features the Top 8 singles players competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in women’s tennis, the Billie Jean King Trophy, while the Top 8 doubles teams will compete for the Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy. With a record $7 million in prize money on the line, the round-robin singles competition will be the highlight of a 10-day tennis festival that will also include the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and a WTA Future Stars event.

“I’m very happy to have qualified for the WTA Finals again,” said Angelique Kerber. “After being an alternate last year, I am excited to get back on the court and compete against the top players in the world. I had a great season and really pushed myself to qualify for Singapore - especially as the event came closer.”

Kerber joins 2015 Family Circle Cup doubles champions, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, in Singapore. The World No. 1 doubles team qualified for the WTA Finals in July.

Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open are now on sale. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293 or visit http://www.volvocaropen.com. Patrons can purchase single session tickets, or choose from a variety of ticket and travel packages.

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Tags: Angelique Kerber, WTA Finals, WTA
 
Send Shelby to Singapore
Posted on Sep 17, 2014 11:48am ET

Vote Shelby Rogers, our very own Charleston native and Family Circle Cup fan-favorite, in the WTA Rising Stars poll!

If she wins, she will be sent to Singapore for the WTA Finals Rising Star Invitational. Voting ends Friday, October 3rd at 11:59pm ET. Just click the link below and vote for Shelby!

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Tags: Shelby Rogers, WTA Rising Star, WTA Rising Star Invitational, WTA
 
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