Grand Slam Champion Sofia Kenin Enters Charleston Field

Grand Slam Champion Sofia Kenin Enters Charleston Field

2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has been awarded a main draw wild
card into the Credit One Charleston Open, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America.

The tournament, which was recently named the WTA 500 Tournament of the Year, is the annual clay season kickoff event on the WTA Hologic Tour. The Charleston Open is scheduled April 1 – 9 in the renovated and modernized Credit One Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kenin joins fellow Grand Slam champions Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko in the field. Charleston’s player field features five of the world’s top 10 players, including World No. 2 Sabalenka, World No. 3 Jessica Pegula, World No. 5 Ons Jabeur, World No. 8 Daria Kasatkina and World No. 9 Belinda Bencic.

“Adding Sofia to our already strong player field reinforces the level of talent that will be on display in April at the Credit One Charleston Open. As a Grand Slam champion and former top 10 player, we are happy to support her return to tennis competition after injuries,” said Bob Moran, Tournament Director of the Credit One Charleston Open and President of Charleston Tennis LLC. “Our attendees are in for a great nine days of tennis in April, where the best in women’s tennis will be in competition at the Credit One Stadium.”

Kenin was named the 2020 WTA Player of the Year following an impressive season that included her Australian Open victory and a finals appearance at Roland-Garros. With her Australian Open title, she became the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women’s singles title since Serena Williams in 1999.

The 24-year-old has five career WTA titles and has been ranked as high as World No. 4. This is her fourth appearance in Charleston’s main draw.

The Charleston Open has also awarded main draw wild cards to Elina Svitolina and Emma Navarro.

The nine-day Credit One Charleston Open showcases a singles draw of 56 players, a qualifying draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 players. The event traditionally hosts more than 90,000 attendees on Daniel Island.

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Charleston Tennis, LLC, which manages Credit One Stadium under a lease from the City of Charleston, recently renovated and modernized the 20-year-old facility. The city-owned venue underwent upgrades to enhance the stadium experience for patrons, performers, tennis players and event management, allowing the venue to attract world-class athletes and talent to Daniel Island.

The Credit One Charleston Open celebrated its 50th year in 2022. The tournament has been a pioneer in women’s professional sports since 1973, paving the path for female tennis players to receive equal recognition, respect and pay in the sport. Originally held on Hilton Head Island, the event moved to Charleston in 2001 and is played on Daniel Island at the LTP Daniel Island tennis center, home to the Credit One Stadium.

Tickets for the 2023 tournament can be purchased online here or by calling (843) 856-7900. When purchasing tickets for the 2023 Credit One Charleston Open, patrons can choose from single session tickets ($25+) from Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 9. All tournament packages have officially sold out for the 2023 tournament, inclusive of all 100 and 200 level packages.

For additional information, please email [email protected]. For more information on the Credit One Charleston Open, visit or call 843-856 7900.

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