Locally, in less than three months, the Credit One Charleston Open, formerly Volvo Cars open, will celebrate its 50th anniversary — attracting tens of thousands of people to the Lowcountry for the first time since 2019, said the Charleston Tennis LLC, which manages the stadium.
The annual Women’s Tennis Association tournament annually welcomes to the Lowcountry more than 100 of the top players around the world, including Paula Badosa, Belinda Bencic and Leylah Fernandez. About 90,000 fans also flock into Charleston for the event, set to run April 2-10 in the renovated Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island.
This spring, the tournament will see two past champions will return, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. The two previously met in the 2017 U.S. Open when Stephens won her first Grand Slam title.
Keys and Stephens have both played Charleston eight times. Keys holds a 16-7 record, while Stephens holds a 10-7 record.
“We are always excited to have players return to Charleston, especially past champions,” said Bob Moran, tournament director of the Credit One Charleston Open. “Madison and Sloane have become tournament favorites, and our fans never shy away from rooting loudly whenever they step on the clay… We can’t wait to welcome them back again in April.”
The tournament also will host Grand Slam champions Garbiñe Muguruza and Simona Halep.
Muguruza captured three titles in 2021 and ended the year ranked World No. 3. This April will mark her third time compeing in the Lowcountry. Halep, ranked No. 22 in the world, holds 22 career WTA titles and will play Charleston for the first time.
“Garbiñe and Simona are two Grand Slam champions with accomplished careers,” Moran said. “Garbiñe has had an amazing year, culminating in her historic title win at the season-ending WTA Finals. Simona is a player we have been looking forward to welcoming to Charleston for years, so we are excited to have her finally joining us in 2022. It’s going to be a big year for our tournament, and these two players will certainly elevate the competition.”
The nine-day Credit One Charleston Open showcases a singles draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 players.