Sports Briefs - October 3, 2019
SIMONA HALEP TO MAKE VOLVO CAR OPEN DEBUT IN 2020
Reigning Wimbledon champion and Former World No. 1 Simona Halep will make her Volvo Car Open debut in 2020. The 27-year-old Romanian has been ranked within the WTA’s top 10 for the past six years.
The VCO will take place April 4 – 12 on Daniel Island. Halep joins Belinda Bencic, Amanda Anisimova, Garbiñe Muguruza and defending champion Madison Keys in the growing player field.
“I am so looking forward to playing in Charleston for the first time in my career,” said Halep. “I have heard so many great things about it and am so pleased to have it on my calendar for 2020. I know the players always say they feel at home there, so I can’t wait to visit the city and make my debut on the green clay.”
Halep has won 19 WTA tournaments in her career, including winning the 2019 Wimbledon title and 2018 French Open title. In addition to capturing her second Grand Slam title in 2019, she was a finalist in Doha and Madrid, a semifinalist in Miami and a quarterfinalist in Dubai, Paris, Eastbourne and Toronto.
“Simona competing in the Volvo Car Open for the first time means so much to us,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open tournament manager. “We will be celebrating our 20th year in Charleston and to finally have Simona join our storied roster of players…the timing couldn’t be better! Twice voted a WTA Fan Favorite, Simona has an aggressive, precise style of play; she’s powerful and fast. I am certain our fans will embrace her. Simona has been worth the wait!”
Halep was also the 2018 Australian Open finalist and 2017 French Open finalist.
The VCO will celebrate two decades in Charleston in 2020. The event relocated to the Lowcountry from Hilton Head, where it was held from 1973 – 2000. The nine-day VCO is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The event attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players to Charleston every year.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvo caropen.com or call (843) 856-7900.
DISA U/13 ATHLETICO FINISH STRONG IN CESA TOURNEY
The Daniel Island Soccer Academy’s U/13 Athletico were finalists in the CESA tournament in Greenville the weekend of Sept. 20-22. Pictured left to right are team members (front row) Will Varn and Reed Swanson; and (back row) Coach Kirk, Harrison Grimm, Nick Kirk, Daniel Scarth, Brennan Teufel, Kevin Fosberry, Hampton Turrentine, Cesar Floden, Conner MacLaughlin, Miles Surratt, Caleb Becvinovski, Joed Rentas, Sean Herndon and Collin Kujawski.