Every spring, the City of Charleston and Daniel Island serves as a backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women’s professional tennis. The Family Circle Cup, one of twenty Premier Events on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, has a roster of past champions that include some of the biggest names in the history of women’s tennis including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, and Serena Williams.
As one of the hottest tickets in professional sports, the Family Circle Cup is more than just a tennis tournament it’s a festival with some world-class tennis thrown in. During the week, fans are entertained with a variety of activities aimed at making their week on Daniel Island a memorable one. It’s an action packed nine days filled with high-level tennis and a host of other activities that have been created for all age groups from children to senior citizens.
The Family Circle Cup, one of the most traditional events in women’s tennis, will continue to cement itself as an annual institution in Charleston, a city that is truly one of America’s most historic treasures.
The Family Circle Cup boasts a prize money purse of $1 million. Over fifty players compete for a piece of that purse each year and battle for one of the most coveted trophies in women’s tennis – when that is at stake, it is all business on the court.
This year’s field does not compare to previous years. Only 4 of the top 10 players, and only 8 of the top 20 players are participating. Elena Dementieva, the #3 player is the highest ranked women in the tournament.