By Arielle Alpino for The Island Connection
Ashleigh Barty, the first Australian to be ranked No. 1 in the world in more than four decades, will compete in the 2020 Volvo Car Open April 4 through April 12 on Daniel Island.
Barty is the reigning French Open champion and the newest winner of the WTA Finals. She joins fellow Grand Slam champions Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Garbiñe Muguruza in the 2020 field, as well as fellow top 10 players Halep, Belinda Bencic and Kiki Bertens.
“I am so proud of what my team and I have been able to accomplish this year. It has been an incredible season,” said Barty. “I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2020. I’m thrilled to add the Volvo Car Open to my tournament schedule and return to Charleston, one of my favorite places to play and visit.”
Barty’s 2019 season included a series of firsts for the 23-year-old: her first Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open; her first Grand Slam title at the French Open; her first WTA Finals title in her tournament debut; and the world No. 1 ranking for the first time.
In addition, she captured the title in Birmingham and reached the finals in Sydney and Beijing.
The 2020 Volvo Car Open is Barty’s second time competing in Charleston’s main draw. She reached the fourth round in 2018.
“This will be an opportunity for our fans to see for themselves what an incredibly talented, tenacious and likable competitor Ash Barty is,” said Tournament Manager Eleanor Adams. “It’s an honor for us to welcome her back to our tournament – this time as the number one player in the world.”
The WTA Finals offered a record-breaking $14 million in prize money for the year-end tournament. By winning the event, Barty received $4.42 million, the largest prize money ever in women’s tennis.
The Volvo Car Open, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles players to Charleston every year. The tourney relocated to the Holy City from Hilton Head Island, where it was held from 1973 through 2000.
Tennis fans have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $540 for an all-inclusive weeklong package with complimentary access to a private hospitality suite. The Volvo Car Open also offers packages that include premium seats, ticket savings and membership into the tournament’s Ace Club.
For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 843-856-7900.