Silicon Valley Classic
The Silicon Valley Classic, currently sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, is a week-long tennis tournament on the WTA Tour held on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, California, United States. Started in 1971, the tournament is the oldest women's-only tournament in the world and is played on outdoor hardcourts. It is the first women's tournament in the annual US Open Series.
|Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic|
|Location||San Jose, California|
|Venue||San Jose State University|
|Category||WTA Tier II|
WTA Premier tournaments
|Surface||Hardcourt / Outdoor|
|Draw||28S / 16SQ / 16D|
|Current champions (2019)|
|Women's singles||Zheng Saisai|
|Women's doubles|| Nicole Melichar |
The tournament started out as the British Motor Cars Invitation in 1971 on the Virginia Slims circuit. Prior to 1978, the tournament was known as the Virginia Slims of San Francisco. The tournament was sponsored by Bank of the West from 1992 to 2017, and held on the campus of Stanford University from 1997 to 2017.Martina Navratilova holds the record for the most singles titles: five (1979–1980, 1988, 1991, and 1993). It is currently owned and operated by IMG. Since 2014 the event is scheduled a week after the normal collocation, in place of previous tournament Southern California Open.
While commonly known as the Stanford Classic from 1997–2017, the event moved to San Jose State University in 2018 and received a new sponsor, Mubadala Investment Company. It was renamed as the Silicon Valley Classic.
Date, name and venue historyEdit
|1971||6–9 Jan||British Motor Cars Invitation||San Francisco Civic Auditorium|
|1973||week of 15 Jan|
|1974||week of 14 Jan||Virginia Slims of San Francisco|
|1975||week of 6 Jan|
|1976||week of 1 Mar|
|1977||week of 28 Feb|
|1979||8–14 Jan||Avon Championships of California||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena|
|1980||week of 11 Feb|
|1983||21–27 Feb||Virginia Slims of California|
|1986||week of 24 Feb|
|1987||week of 9 Feb|
|1990||29 Oct–4 Nov|
|1992||2–8 Nov||Bank of the West Classic|
|1994||week of 31 Oct|
|1995||30 Oct–5 Nov|
|1996||week of 4 Nov||Henry J Kaiser Arena|
|1997||21–27 Jul||Taube Tennis Center (Stanford)|
|1998||27 Jul–2 Aug|
|1999||26 Jul–1 Aug|
|2004||week of 12 Jul|
|2005||week of 25 Jul|
|2007||week of 23 Jul|
|2009||25 Jul–2 Aug|
|2010||24 Jul–1 Aug|
|2014||26 Jul–3 Aug|
|2017||31 Jul–6 Aug|
|2018||30 Jul–5 Aug||Silicon Valley Classic||San Jose State University|
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