The Charleston Open, also known by its sponsored name Volvo Car Open and formerly the Family Circle Cup from 1973 to 2015, is a WTA Tour-affiliated professional tennis tournament for women, held every year since 1973. It is the oldest professional women's tournament with a $750,000 purse.
|Volvo Car Open|
|Location||Daniel Island, SC, U.S. (1973–74, 1977–2000) |
Amelia Island, FL, U.S. (1975–76)
Charleston, SC, U.S. (2001–current)
|Venue||Family Circle Tennis Center|
|Surface||Clay (green) - outdoors|
|Draw||56S / 32Q / 16D|
|Prize money||US$710,900 (2017)|
The tournament is played on the green clay courts at the Family Circle Tennis Center (which contains the 10,200-seat Volvo Car Stadium) on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. From its inception in 1973 to 2000, the tournament was held at the Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island with the exception of 1975 and 1976 when it was played on Amelia Island off the coast of Florida. The event moved to Charleston in 2001.
From 1973 to 2015, the title sponsor was Family Circle magazine, which had made it the longest-running title sponsor in professional tennis. Chinese automaker Geely, which has an automobile factory in Berkeley County, where the event is held, took over sponsorship in 2016 with their Volvo Cars brand.
From 1990 to 2008, the tournament was classified as a WTA Tier I event. In 2009, it was downgraded to a WTA Premier tournament. It celebrated its 40th year in 2012 by naming the court in honor of Billie Jean King.
The current champion is Madison Keys, who won the singles tournament in April 2019.
Originally scheduled for April, the 2020 tournament was postponed to June and reformatted into a Laver Cup style all-star event after the COVID-19 pandemic by tournament organiser Ben Navarro with a new sponsor, Credit One Bank.
Exhibition Team Tournament 2020: Team Peace defeated Team Kindness, 26-22
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