WASHINGTON, July 22, 2021 (by Michael Dickens)
On Wednesday, Charleston Tennis, LLC unveiled Credit One Bank as the new title sponsor of the annual WTA 500 tennis tournament hosted in Charleston, S.C., and of its state-of-the-art tennis stadium located at the LTP Daniel Island tennis center.
The tournament, formerly known as the Volvo Car Open, is the largest women’s-only event in North America. It will celebrate its 50th year April 2-10, 2022 at the newly renovated and modernized Credit One Stadium. A new event name will be revealed at a later date.
EXCITING NEWS: On behalf of Charleston Tennis, LLC, we are thrilled to announce @CreditOneBank as the new title sponsor of our @WTA tennis tournament & stadium on Daniel Island in #CharlestonSC. 🎉 Starting today, our venue will be named the Credit One Stadium. pic.twitter.com/vEIN9oPlhz
— Volvo Car Open (@VolvoCarOpen) July 21, 2021
According to officials with the tournament, Credit One has committed to a multi-year title sponsorship with Charleston Tennis, LLC. The data-driven financial services company based in Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing providers of credit cards in the United States and has existing sponsorships with sports and entertainment organizations.
“The future of live tennis is a bright spot for us, building and planning for what the future will look like for the new Credit One Stadium,” said Bob Moran, president of Charleston Tennis, LLC, in a statement. “After nearly 18 months of navigating postponements and cancellations, we look forward to bring world-class tennis back to Charleston each April and broadening our reach to bigger and better concerts and special events throughout the year.”
Meanwhile, John Combe, senior Vice President of marketing at Credit One, said: “We’re proud to be working with Charleston Tennis, LLC, and the City of Charleston to build on the great history of this tournament and give the passionate fan base in the area and women’s tennis players from around the world a great experience at a state-of-the-art venue. We want to grow the Credit One brand name throughout the region while continuing to invest in entertainment and community programs important to our customers and fans.”
So happy to be in Charleston today to help unveil the new title sponsor! Love this city so much and the tournament fam 🥰 pic.twitter.com/q1H0XxNwXY
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) July 21, 2021
Finally, Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO, said: “We welcome Credit One to the WTA Tour in its commitment to both serve as the title sponsor of the Charleston WTA 500 tournament and in placing its name on the newly renovated, state-of-the-art stadium in which the event is played.
“Charleston has a rich history with the WTA as one of the longest standing women’s-only professional tennis tournaments in the world, and is a Tour favorite among the players. We look forward to working with Credit One, along with all of the sponsors, to continue the growth and success of this prestigious tournament for many years to come.”
• Credit One Stadium will expand from 7,500 to 11,000 seats and feature 16 fully conditioned permanent suites, all-new concessions, more bathrooms and a 75,000-square-foot Stage House with a partial roof. The Stage House will transform the stadium experience for tennis players, entertainers, media and special guests, offering locker rooms, a gym, training facilities, production and media space, catering amenities and a VIP rooftop restaurant and outdoor bar. The roof of the Stage House will also provide partial shade for attendees at the tennis tournament and act as a support structure for concerts and special events.
Anderson accepts wild card into Citi Open
After winning his seventh career singles title at the Hall of Fame Open Sunday, Kevin Anderson received a wild card into the ATP 500 Citi Open, which begins Aug. 2 in Washington, D.C.
The former World No. 5 was a Citi Open finalist in 2017. He joins an impressive field that includes World No. 3 Rafael Nadal, defending 2019 champion Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov and Olympians Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, Karen Khachanov and Hubert Hurkacz.
We’re excited to welcome our 2017 runner-up, Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP), to the men’s field at the 2021 Citi Open as a wild card. Formerly ranked #5 in the world, Kevin is on a hot streak having just won his 7th career title at the @TennisHalloFame pic.twitter.com/9oOoLlgeD5
— Citi Open (@CitiOpen) July 20, 2021
Petra Kvitova: Always happy to play under the Czech flag
“I really love it and I’m very happy when I can play under the Czech flag.”@Petra_Kvitova is no stranger to representing her country & is looking forward to having fellow athletes cheer her on #Tokyo2020 | #Tennis
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 21, 2021
Hubert Hurkacz: On fighting for the medals
“I always wanted to go there, feel the atmosphere, be with the other players and just fight for the medals.”@HubertHurkacz is ready for his shot at an Olympic medal and make a dream come true #Tokyo2020 | #Tennis
— ITF (@ITFTennis) July 21, 2021
Scenes from around the Olympic Tennis Tournament
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) July 21, 2021
— Fabio Fognini (@fabiofogna) July 21, 2021
Tenía muchas ganas de sacarme esta foto 🤣
Sos increíble #Tokyo2020
— Nadia Podoroska (@nadiapodoroska) July 21, 2021
— Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) July 21, 2021
— leylahfernandez (@leylahfernandez) July 21, 2021
— Francisco Cerúndolo (@FranCerundolo) July 21, 2021
— LTA (@the_LTA) July 20, 2021
The Wayback Machine / Andre Agassi, 1991
July 21, 1991: With on court temperatures rising to 106 degrees, Andre Agassi defeats Petr Korda 63 64 to win the Sovran Bank Championships in Washington, D.C., the modern-day @CitiOpen Thirty years later and Agassi, and wife Steffi Graf, tutor Korda’s son Sebi, now a rising pro. pic.twitter.com/a6WHaccxRV
— This Day In Tennis (@ThisDayInTennis) July 21, 2021
What they’re writing
— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) July 21, 2021