Thanks to the success of last year’s inaugural Hawaii Open, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced sponsorship support of the state’s only Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament has been extended through 2019.
The Hawaii Open is the final WTA tournament of the year and allows players to boost their ranking before the season is through. This year’s tournament is set to take place November 19-26 at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.
More than 30 world-ranked WTA players and up-and-coming international stars will play both singles and doubles matches.
Last year’s singles champion was American CiCi Bellis. Her win was her first tournament title on the WTA tour.
The doubles champions were Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato of Japan.
Because of HTA’s sponsorship of the tournament, the tennis courts and facilities at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, which is open year-round, can be improved for public use.
Upcoming renovations include new spectator bleachers, enhancing the quality of the locker room facilities, and clearing of the grounds and surrounding areas.
Tournament organizers are also installing a new cable communications system that will improve the Hawaii Open’s ability to broadcast matches on cable TV channels to viewers worldwide and be live-streamed online. The matches will be televised by the Tennis Channel, Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports Latin America, ESPN Canada, and other cable TV providers.
HTA says that it expects this tournament to create widespread international exposure.
For information and to purchase tickets to the Hawaii Open, visit hawaiitennisopen.com.