The fourteen Monday matches at the Family Circle Cup were all completed before heavy rains passed through the Lowcountry, causing the outdoors fashion show to be moved indoors. In tennis news, American Vania King defeated number 14 seed Olga Govortsova in a three-hour three set match - marking the first seeded player to be ousted from the competition. Tuesday's first and second round matches are under threat of more rain, but the weather for the remainder of the week looks very conducive to spectacular tennis conditions at the Daniel Island FCC facility.
Tournament sponsor Lacoste conducted their fan favorite fashion show for the fourth year, with a last minute venue change to the Riviera Theatre after rain interfered with the King Street location. A long runway flanked by seated dignitaries was surrounded by a dynamic group from the public that turned out in support of the event. Music throbbed as models strutted and cameras flashed in what was a fairly brief but captivating show. Bathing suits, tennis attire and summer fun clothes were all on display courtesy of Lacoste. The Family Circle Cup tournament has several events each year like this fashion show, to round out the outstanding tennis play that is the focus of the tournament. Tonight is Girl's Night Out at the tennis center, so make sure to grab some girlfriends and head over to see these professionals play.
To view my blog entry from the 2009 FCC first round click here.
Photos by Jeff Dennis: the Lacoste logo, a model struts down the runway, two models in preppy attire, and the entire ensemble receiving applause from the audience after the fashion show