It’s back and bigger than ever… the Connecticut Open.

The WTA event made several incredible announcements at a press event that caused today’s crowd to clap and cheer.  Major movers and shakers in the tennis world will descend upon New Haven between August 19th and 27th, bringing with them a week-long bonanza of on and off-court entertainment.

Four-time champion and “Queen of New Haven,” Caroline Wozniacki, is hoping to score another title at the Connecticut Open this year.  “Coming back to New Haven and to Yale is always special for me,” she told CTopen, “The fans are always very supportive and the atmosphere on the court and around the grounds is terrific.”

Also injecting a fresh spark of adrenaline into the lineup is American professional, Shelby Rogers.  She reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 French Open, and is only one of seven other women since 1984 to have made the French Open quarters with a triple-digit ranking.  She defeated No. 25, No. 17, and No. 10 before falling to eventual finalist, Garbine Muguruza.

Two-time defending champion, Petra Kvitova, is also returning to New Haven and is gunning to take the title from Wozniacki.  Other competitors include: Sloane Stephens (winning titles at Auckland, Acapulco and Charleston)  and Madison Keyes (finalist at Rome.)

Don’t expect to see only female tennis players, though.  For a third year in a row, the CT Open will hold the Men’s Legends Event, where famous players of tennis’ past will play for two nights straight.  Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, James Blake and Mardy Fish will step onto the court and battle it out for their respective title.

It’s amazing to think that the Connecticut Open, which has called New Haven its home since 1998, nearly slipped through our fingers forever.  Tournament Director Anne Worcester revealed at the press event that the event had once been sold to North Carolina.

Thanks to the efforts of Benjamin Barnes, Secretary of the State’s Office and Policy Management, and Governor Dan Malloy, the organization was able to match North Carolina’s offer and keep the event at Yale University.

The Connecticut Open is far more than a tennis match, it also exists as a means to give back to the community.  During the Open, multiple fundraisers and charitable events will take place in partnership with the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

Events such as the Girls Day and Night Out, which gives participants the complete Court Girl Lifestyle experience, will help support local women’s, youth and Military causes.   You can learn more about the charity-side of the event through HERE.  There is also a calendar of all the off-court events.

Tickets to the Connecticut Open are available now and you can purchase them on CTOpen.org.

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