Serena Williams to Play Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic
SAN JOSÉ, CA (May 9, 2018) – Twenty-three -time major Champion Serena Williams has announced she will open the summer hard court season at the 2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, July 30-August 5, on the campus of the tournament’s new home – San José State University.
Williams will headline a line-up that includes five-time major champion Maria Sharapova, defending champion and US Open finalist Madison Keys, and 2017 singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe as tournament entrees. The tournament will receive its full player field list on June 19.
The Future Hall of Fame inductee will be competing in the Bay Area for the first time since winning the tournament in 2014, her third singles title at the event.
“I am looking forward to opening my summer season at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic and competing in the new venue,” said Williams. “This tournament plays an historic role in women’s tennis, and as a California native the fans in the Bay Area have always been incredibly supportive.”
Formerly known as the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA Premier event bringing the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. The tournament’s new title sponsor, Mubadala, is committed to providing guests with an elevated experience at the event. The new venue at San José State University will provide a high-end, family friendly atmosphere and will put fans close to the action as they watch their favorite stars compete.
Highlighting the best the region has to offer, the tournament will showcase a complete entertainment experience including locally sourced cuisine, fine wine and cheese selections, interactive fan exhibitions, premier hospitality options, daily autograph signings, and of course, incredible tennis action.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament will bring the best female tennis players in the world to the Bay Area and serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.