Connecticut Open

http://www.ctopen.org/

 

What's New

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 18-26, 2-017.

The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies will take place August 18 – August 26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven. The event is a women’s-only WTA tournament featuring five different competitions, including WTA qualifying, WTA singles, WTA doubles, PowerShares Men’s Legends, and the US Open National Playoffs Championship. As a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, its mission is to leverage the excitement of world-class women’s tennis to benefit the community and maximize support for women’s, youth and other causes in Connecticut. The Connecticut Open is televised domestically through 40 hours of combined coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The event is also broadcast internationally to 160 countries and delivers more than 15 million viewers worldwide.

The Connecticut Open will feature a world-class women's field of players from around the world such as Spain, China, Switzerland, Australia, Poland, Russia and of course, the United States. Players include ninth-ranked Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and 10th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

This year's Legends Event features James Blake, Michael Chang, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis and Mats Wilander. The PowerShares competition takes place on Thursday and Friday evenings visit the CT Open website for more information on the schedule and match details. 

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, Superhero and Princess Night and Aetna Night. 

 

In addition to the expanded food truck participation and new dining options, the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies proudly announces Connecticut Convention Center as the official in-house catering services provider for the tournament. The culinary team will capitalize on more than a decade of award-winning experience to refresh the tournament’s food and beverage offerings and provide an innovative dining experience designed to improve the overall guest experience.

“We are excited for this new partnership with the Connecticut Open and look forward to providing hungry fans with a wide array of delicious food,” said Michael Costelli, general manager, Connecticut Convention Center. “We share the same vision as the tournament and seek to provide a memorable experience that exceeds expectations. 

 

Tickets are on sale now.  Getting to the Connecticut Tennis Center is easy and the free shuttle makes parking convenient

 

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.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. 

 

Tournament Background

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 previous 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 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 contributes approximately $26 million to the regional economy, including almost 300 jobs and $10 million in local economic impact.

It has brought more than 1.5 million spectators to the city. Porsche joins Aetna, Citizen, Deloitte, Frontier Communications, American Express, SportMaster and PowerShares Series as 2017 Platinum Sponsors. 

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 CT 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 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.

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