At the end of the WTA Premier Mandatory tournament in Miami, the «hard»season has officially ended, and now, until July, we will be watching tennis battles on dirt courts.
The WTA Premier tournament in Charleston (South Carolina, USA), called the Family Circle Cup 2020, opens the ground season first. The date of the event is from 2 to 8 April.
The prize Fund of the tournament is $740,000, the main prize is $115,000 and 740 rating points.
Family Circle Cup. Short help
Charleston is the administrative center of South Carolina (USA), with about 100,000 residents and a major commercial port on the Atlantic coast. The climate is subtropical, with mild winters and hot but humid summers and high rainfall.
The Charleston tennis tournament has been held since 1973 and is currently the only one sponsored by the same company (Family Circle magazine).
Initially, the tournament was held on Hilton head island (an island town in South Carolina), then in 2000 it was moved to Charleston.
This year, the 40th Family Circle Cup tennis tournament is being held, the surface is green clay.
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Family Circle Cup 2020. Female participant
Four tennis players from the top ten will compete for the main trophy: Samantha Stosur (5), Marion Bartoli (7), Vera Zvonareva (9) and Serena Williams (10). Initially, Miami 2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska (4) was still in the bid, but she withdrew from the tournament at the last moment due to a back injury.
Sabine Lisicki, Chris Smith
Alisa Kleybanova, a Russian who returned to Europe for rehabilitation and preparation for the tournament in Madrid, also withdrew due to an injury.
In addition to tennis players from the top ten, other strong athletes take part in the tournament: Venus Williams, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sabine Lisicki, Nadezhda Petrova and others.
Last year’s winner of the tournament, Caroline Wozniacki, will not defend her title in the current draw, because she decided to play at the tournament in Copenhagen, where she is also the triumphant of last year.
At the moment, two stages have already been played, the favorites continue to fight.