2017 Connecticut Open By The Numbers

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1st – WTA tour title for 2017 Connecticut Open champion Daria “Dasha” Gavrilova, who defeated the top 2 seeds in the semifinals and final

5 – number of International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees that were part of the 2017 Connecticut Open (20th anniversary exhibition/PowerShares participants Martina Navratilova, Mats Wilander and Michael Chang, ESPN’s Pam Shriver and coach Nick Bollettieri of IMG Academy)

20 – years of WTA tennis in New Haven celebrated this year

1 million – people who watched the Connecticut Open’s solar eclipse public service announcement through social media

165 – minutes the Connecticut Open singles final lasted, the longest in tournament history (tournament champion Daria Gavrilova went on to play the longest match in US Open history the following week, losing in 3 hours and 33 minutes to American Shelby Rogers in the second round 7-6 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (5).)

BUSINESS/SPONSORSHIP

103 – number of tournament sponsors this year, including 51 Connecticut-based businesses and 26 new sponsors

3rd – Connecticut Open’s attendance ranking among all WTA-only tournaments this year. The tournament drew 50,599, eclipsing 50,000 for the third straight year

COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY

8 – non-profits that raised more than $4,600 for themselves through the Connecticut Open’s 50/50 program in partnership with the Connecticut Non-profit Alliance

15th – annual Latino Day at the Connecticut Open included a tennis clinic for more than 100 area kids led by 2-time Olympic doubles champion GiGi Fernandez

100s – of gently used shoes collected for Soles4Souls to refurbish and donate to needy adults and children in the United States and worldwide.  (The campaign runs through the end of September.  Donations can be dropped off at the Connecticut Open office at 45 Yale Avenue).

2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens kicked off the Connecticut Open’s shoe drive this spring during a Free Tennis Lesson for 350 New Haven 3rd Graders.

700 – tickets donated to veterans and active military members and their families as part of United Technologies Military Appreciation Day and military outreach

$10,000 – raised on-site during the tournament from the Closer to Free Player Challenge and Closer to Free Ride for breast cancer research at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health (to donate to the Connecticut Open’s effort click here.)

15,290 – meals served to those in need statewide as a result of ShopRite Partners in Caring Food Drive, supporting the Connecticut Food Bank, held at the Connecticut Open

 

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