Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Volvo Car Open - Night Matches

The Action heats up April 4 - 8 at Volvo Car Open
The 10,000-fans that come to watch the tennis pros play at the Volvo Car Open reflects the popularity of the sport of tennis. Volvo took over title sponsorship in 2016, and The Tennis Channel began live coverage in 2017, and now that winning formula will be applied again at the Family Circle Tennis Center. The Volvo Car Open is unique in that it has the ability to crown first-time winners like 2017 defending champ Daria Kasatkina, and it has seen its share of veteran winners too like Serena Williams.

Johanna Konta visits with Shelby Rogers during
All Access Media Day at Daniel Island Club
I have found one of the most unique ways to enjoy the Volvo Car Open is to attend one of the evening matches on stadium court, when lower humidity and cooler temps contribute to the overall experience. Wednesday April 4 is Pink Out night presented by MUSC Health, with patrons wearing pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research. Thursday April 5 is military appreciation night presented by Prudential, with military families provided free admission. Friday April 6 is SunTrust night featuring an annual tossing of tennis balls into the stands for fans.

Saturday night tennis under the lights brings a change of format with men playing exhibition tennis, before the ladies final match on Sunday. The PowerShares Series is more like a happy hour than a tennis match with lots of interaction between the players and the fans. (Remember World Team Tennis in 2012) Andy Roddick leads a field of four players including Michael Change, Tommy Haas and Mark Philippoussis. All daily schedule info can be found by visiting on the Internet, including any weather updates, especially if rain chances in the weekend forecast materialize.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the 2018 Volvo Car Open click on Tuesday Tennis - Tennis Begins

To view past blog entries about the Volvo Car Open click on 2017 201620152014- 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

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