2006 Champion Nadia Petrova Enters 2008 Family Circle CupFor Immediate Release, January 2008
Four Former Family Circle Cup Champions to Compete at 35th Anniversary Celebration
Rich in tradition and history, the Family Circle Cup boasts a long list of champions who have risen to the highest levels in women’s professional tennis after success at this prestigious tournament. The 2008 player field now includes four former champions with today’s official commitment of 2006 Family Circle Cup titlist Nadia Petrova who rose to a career high World No. 3 ranking shortly after her Charleston victory. The star-studded trio of former champions joining Nadia Petrova at the Family Circle Cup’s 35th anniversary celebration includes Justine Henin, 2003 & 2005, Venus Williams, 2004, and Jelena Jankovic, 2007. The Family Circle Cup, America’s oldest Tier I event, will be held April 12th - 20th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Nadia Petrova’s experience and success at this event adds depth to the world class player field headed to Charleston for our 35th anniversary celebration,” commented Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “Our fans are in for a real treat with four former champions returning to compete for one of most coveted prizes in women’s tennis as we mark such an important milestone at the Family Circle Cup.”
Twenty-five year old Nadia Petrova notched her fifth straight Top 20 season and surpassed $6 million in career earnings by posting consistently strong results throughout 2007 including her seventh career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title at the Tier II Paris Indoor event. Petrova improved her world ranking by two places with a fourth round appearance at the 2008 Australian Open, elevating herself to the World No. 12 position and marking her 350th career victory. She is making her sixth appearance at the Family Circle Cup where she holds a 10-4 singles record that includes a current winning streak of five matches.
The 2008 Family Circle Cup will be held April 12th - 20th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts lighted for night play, a beach tennis court, a racquet club featuring a full service pro shop, and locker room facilities. Ticket packages, individual session tickets, business hospitality options, and sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center, please call (843) 856-7900 or visit us on-line at www.familycirclecup.com.