April 25, 2017

Serena Williams Responds to Nastase’s Comments

Serena Williams

(April 24, 2017) Serena Williams has responded to comments from Tennis Hall of Famer and Romanian Fed Cup Captain Ilie Nastase who made disparaging comments about the skin color of Williams’ baby that she’s expecting in the Fall. Williams is black and her fiance, co-founder of Reddit  Alexis Ohanian is white.

“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child,” she wrote on her Instagram.

“I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support,” the 35-year-old 23-time major champion wrote.

“I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.”

Nastase was ejected from the Romania- Great Britain Fed cup tie over the weekend for verbal abuse directed at British player Johanna Konta, British captain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire. He has also been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation.

This is the full post from her Instagram account:

 

 

 

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings
(as of April 24, 2017)

The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge continued into its second week with teenager Amanda Anisimova and Tennys Sandgren staying at the top of the leaderboard.

Anisimova, 15, reached her second consecutive USTA Pro Circuit singles final this past weekend at the $60,000 event in Dothan, Ala., earning 48 points. The week prior, she also advanced to the final of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., to earn 70 ranking points.

Sandgren reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday to claim 55 points, falling to fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the final (Tiafoe already received direct entry into the French Open). The week prior, Sandgren also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston to earn 12 points.

USTA Player Development will award a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. The challenge began the week of April 10 and concludes the week of May 1.

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge will still consist of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

The standings, as of April 24, and future tournaments can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGS; WOMEN’S STANDINGS). Men’s events include points in the main draw and qualifying, while women’s events include points in the main draw only. All players who have received direct entry into the 2017 French Open are not included in the standings. The entry lists for the French Open were released last week.

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

The USTA first used the wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoeand Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

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The U.S. Defeats the Czech Republic 3-2 to Reach Fed Cup Final Versus Belarus

(April 23, 2017) The United States advanced to its first Fed Cup Final since 2010 by defeating the three-time defending champion Czech Republic, 3-2, on Sunday in a World Group Semifinal tie at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay.

 

The U.S. clinched the best-of-five match series when doubles world No. 1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Katerina Siniakova and Kristyna Pliskova, 6-2, 6-3, in a fifth, decisive doubles match in front of 2,756 people.

 

After the two countries came into the day tied, 1-1, following Saturday’s singles matches, world No. 24 Vandeweghe defeated No. 38 Siniakova, 6-4, 6-0, to put the U.S. up, 2-1. Marketa Vondrousova, a 17-year old who won her first WTA title last week, then defeated Lauren Davis – substituted for Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 7-5, to push the tie to the decisive doubles match, a first for the U.S. since 2015, when it lost to Italy in a World Group Playoff.

 

Both countries made substitutions to their doubles teams. U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi elected to pair Vandeweghe with Mattek-Sands, while Czech Captain Petr Pala subbed in Siniakova for Denisa Allertova. The victory made Vandeweghe the first U.S. Fed Cup player to win three matches in a single tie since Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 World Group Quarterfinals.

 

“It was an amazing day as a team,” noted CoCo Vandeweghe. “It shows that every point counts in this event, and we all came together when it mattered most. That’s what you expect out of a Fed Cup tie.”

 

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi on reaching the final in her debut in her debut year as captain: “It’s been an unbelievable couple of ties for me. Coco said it well: These girls are amazing. It’s been a lot of fun it’s super special. It’s something that I’ll never forget. Looking forward to the final.”

“I love everything about the role. I knew what I was getting into, and I love it. I love the girls, the competition. Yes, at this level you always have little bumps in the road or what have you, but that’s part of it. And I like that part. I like the challenge.”

 

Asked if she was in contact with Venus and Serena Williams, Rinaldi said: “Well, we just won this and haven’t gotten that far. Yeah, I’ve spoken to Venus and Serena. They’ve been extremely supportive. We’ve had great communication with all the players. That’s part of it as captain. I care about these girls more than

just Fed Cup.

 

“I’m thinking about them for the long run and the big picture as well. You know, that’s great thing about American tennis right now, the exciting part, that we have so many players. These girls have been absolutely amazing. It’s their goal to win a Fed Cup title and I know that.

“It’s actually tough to pick a team because we have so many great players, and I’ve known them since they were so young. I believe in them all.”

 

The U.S. will travel to Belarus, a surprise 3-2 winner over Switzerland, for the Fed Cup Final, Nov. 11-12, at a site and on a surface to be determined by the Belarussians. Rinaldi follows Mary Joe Fernandez as U.S. captains to reach the Final in their debut year. The U.S. team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands, lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles back in 2000.

 

Final results of the tie 

DAY/LOCAL TIME

 

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Singles A:             CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE), 6-1, 6-4

Singles B:             Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d. Shelby Rogers (USA), 6-3, 6-3

 

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Singles C:            CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-4, 6-0

Singles D:            Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA), 6-2, 7-5

Doubles:             Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 6-2, 6-3

 

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Rafael Nadal Wins 10th Monte-Carlo Crown for 50th Clay Court Title, Most in Open Era

(April 23, 2017) Rafael Nadal became the first man to win a singles event ten times, when he defeated countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte-Carlo Masters final on Sunday 6-1, 6-3.

The win not only gave Nadal his 29th Masters title, but his 50th tournament title on clay surpassing Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay court championships in the Open Era.

The fourth seeded Nadal has now won an ATP World Tour title for the 14th year in a row. Nadal will also be attempting to win his tenth titles in Barcelona and at the French Open.

“It’s really unbelievable,” Nadal said. “To win 10 times in such an important event like Monte-Carlo is something difficult to describe. Every year has been a different feeling. At the same, it’s always a unique moment every time I have this trophy with me.”

“I feel lucky to keep playing tennis, being healthy all these years and to compete in one of the most beautiful events of the year. Very happy to win another one. It’s a very important day in my career.”

“Nobody likes to play a final and lose 6-1, 6-3.” said Ramos-Vinolas. “But I know how it is. I know that I have another tournament. I have to keep going. I will try to have my feedback with the good things I did this week. Not today, but maybe tomorrow I will be proud of myself, and I will restart again for the next tournament.”

 

It was a career week for Ramos-Vinolas reaching his first Masters final and he’ll be rewarded for it moving into the Top 20 in the rankings.

 

For Nadal, this was his 70th career title.

 

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It’s Official – Serena Williams is Pregnant, Will Be Back in 2018

 

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(April 19, 2017) A spokeswoman for Serena Williams has told multiple media outlets that the 23-time major champion is pregnant, the baby is due in the Fall. Williams posted a photo of herself on Snapchat with the caption: “20 weeks.” She took down the post later in the day.

Williams who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was last on a tennis court in late January when she won the Australian Open. She was about two months pregnant at the time.

The spokeswoman also noted that the 35-year-old Williams will be back on the tour in 2018.

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USTA Announces U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’ BNP Paribas World Team Cup

U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’

Premier International Team Competition, May 1-7, in Sardinia, Italy

 

Junior Team Looks to Retain Title; Quad Team Hopes to Regain Title and

 Women’s Team and Looks to Improve on Last Year’s Result

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2017 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 1-7, at the Baia di Conte and Alghero Tennis Club in Sardinia, Italy.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. The inaugural event was held in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The event has experienced continued growth since.

 

A total of 40 teams representing 29 countries will take part in the 2017 competition in Sardinia. Teams will compete in the women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). The event will take place on hard courts. After finishing outside the top twelve at last year’s event the men’s team was relegated to the World Team Cup qualifying event earlier this year in March in Quito, Ecuador.  After finishing as the runners-up to Brazil they will have to wait until 2018 for a shot to win the World Team Cup qualifying event to make it back into the World group. 

 

Representing the U.S. at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:

 

Women’s Team

Paul Walker (Coach), Lakeland, Fla.

Dana Mathewson, San Diego

Mackenzie Soldan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lauren Haneke-Hopps, San Diego

 

Quad Team

John Devorss (Coach), Salem, Ore.

Bryan Barten, Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Taylor, Wichita, Kan.

David Wagner, Hillsboro, Ore.

 

Junior Team

Jason Harnett (Coach), Orlando, Fla.

Conner Stroud, Spindale, N.C.

Joanna Nieh, New York

Nathan Melnyk, New York

 

Head Physio

Jenna Street, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Team Manager

Jason Allen, Orlando, Fla.

 

The U.S. junior team will look for the three-peat after winning titles in 2015 and 2016, but it will have to accomplish the feat without a few familiar faces. Returning member Conner Stroud will step into the lead role with his year’s group after Chris Herman and Casey Ratzlaff aged out of the junior division. Newcomers Joanna Nieh and Nathan Melnyk will look to add their names as World Team Cup champions.

 

The quad team will look to regain its title after a fifth-place finish last year. The team will be led by three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor and joined by two-time Paralympian Bryan Barten.

 

The U.S. women’s team will be led by 2016 Paralympian Dana Mathewson as it looks to improve on its eighth-place finish from last year.

 

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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Tennis Channel Adds Martina Navratilova to Fed Cup TV Booth for U.S.-Czech Republic Semifinal This Weekend

TENNIS CHANNEL ADDS MARTINA NAVRATILOVA TO FED CUP BOOTH FOR U.S.-CZECH REPUBLIC SEMIFINAL THIS WEEKEND

 

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 -Tennis Channel will add Hall of Famer and on-air analyst Martina Navratilova (@martina) to its booth during coverage of this weekend’s Fed Cup semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic. It is the first time in her 11-year Tennis Channel career that Navratilova will offer commentary during coverage of the event, the most prestigious international team tournament in women’s tennis. The two-day competition gets underway Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. ET, in Tampa Bay, Fla.

 

Considered one of the greatest tennis players – if not overall athletes – of all time, Navratilova won a Fed Cup championship for her native Czechoslovakia in 1975 before defecting to the United States later that year. She won another three Fed Cups as a U.S. team member, including the championship final against Czechoslovakia in 1986 in her hometown of Prague, marking her first return to the country in 11 years. In three decades of Fed Cup matches from 1975-2004, Navratilova amassed an astounding 40-1 record in singles and doubles play, dropping only her last doubles match in 2004, a few months shy of her 49th birthday. She lost only six sets in her entire Fed Cup career.

 

Navratilova will be paired with announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) during Tennis Channel’s coverage of the U.S.-Czech Republic matchup at Florida’s Saddlebrook Resort this weekend.

 

The United States and three-time defending champion Czech Republic are the most successful nations in Fed Cup history, with the United States leading all countries with 17 titles. The Czech Republic is second on the all-time list of tournament champions, clinching the trophy on 10 occasions (five as Czechoslovakia). Australian Open doubles champion and World No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will join singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis and Shelby Rogers as they attempt to put the United States in the Fed Cup final for the first time since 2010, and win the first American championship since 2000.

 

The battle between the United States and the Czech Republic will consist of two singles matches Saturday, and two singles matches and a doubles match Sunday. The winner of the semifinal matchup will advance to the championship round in November to face either Belarus or Switzerland

 

In addition to covering the United States-Czech Republic competition this weekend,Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the other Fed Cup semifinal between Belarus and Switzerland in Minsk, Belarus, live beginning Saturday, April 22. The matches will be available on-demand on the platform (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel. Other stars set to play Fed Cup this weekend include Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis.

 

Tennis Channel’s live Fed Cup coverageis as follows (all time ET):

Saturday, April 22:

12 p.m. -Singles USA v. Czech Republic

1 p.m. -Singles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

Sunday, April 23:

11 a.m. -Singles, Doubles USA v. Czech Republic

12 p.m. -Singles, Doubles Belarus v. Switzerland (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

The United States holds a 9-2 advantage over the Czech Republic. The most recent meeting between the two was in 2009, when the United States beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in Brno, Czech Republic. However, the Czech Republic has won five titles in the last six years (2011-12, 2014-16). The Americans have reached the semifinals for the first time in seven years after defeating Germany 5-0 earlier this year.

 

As a player, U.S. Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1985 and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 7 in 1986. Mattek-Sands, World No. 1 doubles player and Australian Open doubles champion, leads the Americans into this weekend after winning the Volvo Car Open women’s doubles title with the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova in Charleston this month. At this year’s Australian Open, Vandeweghe received her biggest career singles win by defeating reigning champion and then-World No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza en route to the semifinals. Davis won her first WTA singles title in January at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Rogers enters this weekend after an impressive quarterfinal run at the Volvo Car Open.

 

The Czech Republic has dominated Fed Cup competition in recent years, but will be without World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova this weekend, who helped the country beat Spain in the first round. The team is captained by Petr Palaand and features Katerina Siniakova, Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and Marketa Vondrousova.

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Eight Junior Boys Named to 2017 USA National Junior Team


EIGHT JUNIOR BOYS NAMED TO 2017 TEAM USA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM

 

ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2017 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior boys qualified for the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2001 or 2002, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.

 

Seven of the eight players qualified for the team through a playoff, held this past weekend at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.

 

2017 Team USA National Junior Team – Boys

Blaise Bicknell (15, Miami; Coach: Melville Spence)

Andrew Dale (15, Leesburg, Va.; Coach: Daryl Ahrens)

William Grant (16, Boca Raton, Fla.; Coach: Juan Viloca)

Cannon Kingsley (15, Northport, N.Y.; Coach: Alex Pop-Moldovan)

Alex Lee (15, Oak Brook, Ill.; Coach: Tom Lockhart)

*Govind Nanda (16, Cerritos, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian)

Marcus McDaniel (14, Vacaville, Calif.; Coach: Phil Cello)

Siem Woldeab (15, La Mesa, Calif.; Coach: Stan Jefferson)

 

*Automatically qualified before playoff based on set criteria.

 

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National Championships and ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with a hard-court training camp at the USTA National Campus June 11-15.

 

Bicknell is rated a five-star recruit in the Top 50 nationally of the Class of 2019 by TennisRecruiting.net. Dale is ranked No. 3 in the latest USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and recently reached the 16s singles final and semifinals of the USTA International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl, respectively. Grant is rated as TennisRecruiting.net’s No. 9 prospect nationally in the Class of 2019. Kingsley is ranked No. 5 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and was a boys’ 16s semifinalist at the USTA National Winter Championships in January.

 

Lee was an Easter Bowl boys’ 16s quarterfinalist and is ranked No. 15 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings. Nanda, who automatically qualified for the team before the playoff through meeting previously determined ranking/result criteria, is on the team for the second straight year. Nanda is the No. 4-rated prospect in the Class of 2019 on TennisRecruiting.net and started playing this year primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit. McDaniel, the youngest player on this year’s team, is the No. 4-ranked player in the USTA Boys’ 14s national standings and is a five-star freshman on TennisRecruiting.net. Woldeab is the highest-ranked player on the team in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings, at No. 2, after he just won the 16s singles title at the USTA International Spring Championships.

 

For full results from this weekend’s playoff, click here: Round Robin; Final Playoff.

 
 

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USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships May 8-14

ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR UPCOMING UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL WOMEN’S 50-90 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
National Tournament to be Played May 8-14, 2017 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif. – (April 19, 2017) – The deadline to enter the upcoming USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, April 23, 2017. The national senior tennis tournament will be played May 8-14 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

The women’s national tennis championships will include singles and doubles competition in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. These events are national championships and will attract the best players from across the United States in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

Players interested in playing in the tournament can register for the event at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=188290

“Over the years, this tournament has become one of the premier senior women’s tennis events in the country,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “We are anticipating another great week of high-level senior tennis and we encourage all interested players to enter before Sunday’s deadline.”

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 45th Annual Men’s Senior Championships will also take place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

Matches are expected to start Monday, May 8 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 9 through Friday, May 12 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m. (All times are PDT). La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

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Radwanska Commits to Connecticut Open, Navratilova to Celebrate 20 years of Women’s Tennis in New Haven

DEFENDING CHAMPION AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA COMMITS TO 2017 CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES

 

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA RETURNS TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF WOMEN’S TENNIS IN NEW HAVEN 

 

Navratilova To Play Exhibition Doubles Match, Participate In Opening Ceremony Presented By Yale University;
Daily Tickets Now On Sale, Seating In Stadium Streamlined To Simplify Purchasing

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 18, 2017 – Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska has committed to play the 2017 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, while 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova will return to the tournament to celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven. A Premier WTA event that is part of the US Open Series, the 2017 Connecticut Open will be held August 18-26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

 

Radwanska rolled through the field en route to the 2016 Connecticut Open title, defeating three-time champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals before bouncing Elina Svitolina in the final. The World No. 8 boasts 20 WTA titles and has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in three of the past five years, including her first Grand Slam final in 2012. Radwanska will make her seventh visit to New Haven.

 

“It’s always special to return to a tournament as the defending champion,” said Radwanska. “I’m excited to come back to New Haven and play in front of the fans there for the seventh time!”

 

Navratilova will participate in the Opening Ceremony presented by Yale University before the Monday, August 21 evening session and play in an exhibition doubles match following the 7:00 p.m. night session match. For one of the two sets, Navratilova will play mixed doubles against Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion. Other celebrity participants will be announced at a later date.

 

“The Connecticut Open has long supported women’s tennis at the highest level and has continued to attract a stellar field for two decades,” said Navratilova. “I am excited to come play and to help celebrate 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven.”

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Aga Radwanska back to New Haven after an amazing run to the title in 2016, and to have Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest players in the history of our sport, headlining our celebration of 20 years of women’s tennis in New Haven,” said Tournament Director Anne Worcester. “Aga is one of most exciting players in the WTA and a fan-favorite on the tour, and Martina is an icon, one of the most important ambassadors in tennis, and the person we know our fans want to see back on court at the Connecticut Open. Between Aga, Martina, Mats Wilander and other WTA stars, it will be an entertaining night for sure.”

 

Fans who want the best seats to the Navratilova Exhibition and PowerShares Series men’s matches (August 24-25), which will feature Tennis Hall of Famers Michael Chang and John McEnroe along with Fairfield’s James Blake and defending champion Mark Philippoussis, can secure them by purchasing a multiple session package. Packages include Weeklong Box Seats (all 14 sessions), After Hours (every evening session and Saturday finals), Final Four (last four sessions which includes PowerShares Series), and Pick Four Flex (choice of four early round sessions).

 

Daily tickets for the tournament are now on sale and seating at the Connecticut Open Tennis Center has been renumbered to streamline the ticket-buying process. The 200 and 100 level sections will now replace the Stadium Box and Courtside Box Seats, respectively. In addition to women’s tennis, fans can also look forward to a week-long festival of food, music, and activities such as ShopRite Kids Day (Sunday, August 20), Young Professionals Night (August 22), Superhero and Princess Day/Night (August 23), and United Technologies Military Appreciation Day (August 26).

 

For more information about the 2017 Connecticut Open and to purchase tickets visit www.ctopen.org

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