Last year, Charleston was voted America’s Best Tennis Town by the United States Tennis Association, and one of the reasons tennis has become so popular here is the annual Family Circle Cup tournament held on Daniel Island. Check out the Post and Courier’s article on all the exciting events going on during this year’s tournament, which begins this weekend.
McEnroe, Chris, Martina to Rock the Cup
With former men’s tour player Todd Martin they’ll present “Game, Set, Rock! Tennis Amplified”
Post and Courier
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Seemingly, it’s hard to top the inaugural “Game, Set, Rock! Tennis Amplified” experience of 2010 featuring John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova. But Family Circle Cup management has done just that, booking McEnroe, plus women’s tennis icons Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert and former men’s tour player Todd Martin.
The event Saturday night, April 9, will feature singles and mixed doubles action starting at 7:30 p.m.
Evert went 50-3 in Family Circle Cup play at Hilton Head and won eight titles while building the tournament into one of the WTA’s most prestigious events.
Navratilova won four Family Circle Cup titles, capping her 36-9 record with a win over Jennifer Capriati in the 1990 final.
McEnroe, aside from his Family Circle Cup status as defending “Tennis Amplified” singles champ, won four U.S. Open titles and three Wimbledon titles during a very loud career.
But that’s not all. The Family Circle Cup has a busy off-bracket schedule.
Official Family Circle Cup Draw Party from 3-4 p.m. at the Daniel Island Grille. The event is fun, free and family friendly.
April 2-3. Free admission for kids 12 and under. Adults only $10. Climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course and music.
Match Point Market
All tournament long. A variety of gifts are available from boutique vendors located adjacent to stadium court.
Best Tennis Town
April 5. Charleston will celebrate its “Best Tennis Town” honor from the USTA with a happy hour and marching band. The first 1,000 fans will receive a “Best Tennis Town” souvenir.
‘Winning in Doubles’
April 5. A luncheon offering participants the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at doubles with top players Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.
Tuesday through Saturday. Drink specials and live entertainment at the Ketel One Racquet Club on the Grand Lawn from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday (Travis Allison), Wednesday (Two Three Ways), Thursday (Calvin Taylor), Friday (Hank & Bobby Futch) and Saturday (Greg Walker Duo).
USTA Member Appreciation Day
Wednesday. A private member reception hosted by the USTA Southern Section from 1:30-3 p.m. in the USTA Tent on Seven Farms Drive. Free refreshments and gifts.
And USTA members receive a $10 discount on all session tickets from Monday- Wednesday.
Young Professionals Night
Wednesday. The Family Circle Cup partners with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to host Charleston Young Professionals happy hour, featuring drink specials.
Great American Bake Sale
Friday and Saturday. A yummy bake sale aimed at fighting childhood hunger.
The Family Circle Cup is doing a number of programs to benefit its local community outreach partner, Courting Kids, the City of Charleston’s award winning inner-city youth tennis program where 100 percent of all proceeds will benefit Courting Kids.
Programs include ticket upgrades, donate your used rackets, memorabilia auctions and volunteer opportunities are also available.
— Gene Sapakoff