The Connecticut Open (Open) presented by United Technologies-a WTA event, is taking place at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut from August 19-27, 2016. The Connecticut Open will feature a world-class women's field comprised of players scheduled to represent their respective countries at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Players include Americans Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki and the defending champion, Petra Kvitova. ESPN2 will broadcast the women's semifinals on Friday, August 26 and the finals on Saturday, August 27. Early round matches can also bee seen on ESPN3.
This year's PowerShares Series Event will feature James Blake, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe and Mardy Fish.The competition will be played on Thursday, August 25 following the WTA quarterfinal.
In additoion to the outstanding tennis, the Open will have plenty of family-oriented activities, special events and theme nights. From the opening ceremony presented by Yale University to ShopRite Kids Day, Autism Awareness Day to United Technologies Military Appreciation Day, there's an adventure every day you visit. Enjoy live music on the Connecticut Stage, Aetna's FitZone and the best of local food from food trucks.
Connecticut Open Supports Non-Profits and Charitable Causes in Local Communities
"The tournament is a unique non-profit organization.", said Ann Worcester, tournament director. "As a 501(c)(3), we're in a fortunate position where we can leverage the power of women's tennis to help other organizations raise both awareness and critical funds. We do this through our incredible fans and our sponsors who are able to bring their causes to the tournament in a fun, engaging atmosphere."
Fans can support a variety of causes by visiting sponsor booths and kiosks.This year's charities include Soles4Souls, a shoe collection drive to help fight proverty, ShopRite Food Drive, Yale-New Haven Smilo Cancer Center breast cancer research, Autism Awareness, Bank of America's #TROOPTHANKS in support of our military and The 50/50 Project-in which local non-profits, schools and community groups sell tickets to the tournament and receive 50 percent of the ticket sale proceeds.
For more details on the tournament, players and event schedule visit www.ctopen.org
United Technologies Extends Its Lead Sponsorship
The New Haven Open became the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies last year and the corporation will continue its sponsorship through 2017.The tournament's new name has served to broaden the event's overall appeal to fans and sponsors and appropriately relfects the State of Connecticut's investment. The addition of United Technologies as the presenting sponsor has given the tournament a Fortune 500 global partner and continues to build on the reputation that the tournament has established over the past 16 years.
In October of 2013, the CRDA board voted to purchase the rights to the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament for $618,000. Without the purchase of the membership, the tournament would likely leave Connecticut.
The United States Tennis Association, (USTA), owned the tournament rights and licensed the rights to Connecticut Professional Tennis, (CPT) for the past 16 years. The USTA had tentatively accepted an offer to sell the rights to the ATP tournament in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but when the proposal was rejected by the men’s tournament owners, the USTA offered the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut, (TFC) an exclusive option to own the tournament. At the direction of Governor Malloy, CRDA stepped in and has become the new owner of the event. CRDA was created for and is unique in its ability to act on such opportunities.
The New Haven Open at Yale will continue to be played at the Connecticut Tennis Center. The tournament has been in New Haven since 1998 and is a proven asset to Connecticut and the region. An economic impact study conducted in 2008 found that it generates approximately $26 million in regional economic impact, including almost 300 jobs and $1.1 million in state tax revenue through hotel and lodging taxes, income tax on winnings and payroll and sales tax.
It has brought more than 1.5 million spectators to the city. The New Haven Open is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The tournament has received renewals from its top five sponsors, Aetna, American Express, First Niagara, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University.
CRDA is working to create a management structure with a stable profit or non-profit long-term operator. In the meantime, the State will work with other sponsors on ways of sharing and controlling operating expenses. There is also a goal to see the stadium used for activities outside of the one-week of tournament tennis. The New Haven Open at Yale runs a number of community tennis, education and mentoring programs. New Haven Youth Tennis, (NHYT) is a program created in 2004 as a partnership between the New Haven Open and New Haven Parks and Recreation. The programs include affordable year-round tennis lessons for New Haven residents, Tennis, Education and Mentoring,(TEaM), Tennis for Girls Only, Tennis in the Neighborhood, Junior Team Tennis and more. Partnerships have grown to include New Haven Public Schools, Yale University, JUNTA and the Boys & Girls Club. NHYT has been renamed “New HYTEs” and is established as a separate 501c3 with its own executive director and board.