Agnieszka Radwanska, Genie Bouchard and Shelby Rogers have been awarded wildcards into the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies Corp., it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester. The WTA event, which is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, will be held August 19-27, 2016 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.
One of the elite performers in the WTA, Radwanska boasts a semifinals appearance at Wimbledon in three of the last five years, including a finals run in 2012. The World No. 5 has produced an impressive 2016 campaign, hoisting the trophy at Shenzhen and reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells and Stuttgart. She advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2015 Connecticut Open and will make her sixth visit to New Haven.
A breakout star in 2014 following semifinal runs at the Australian and French Open and a finals appearance at Wimbledon, Bouchard holds a career-high ranked of No. 5. The Canadian has enjoyed success in 2016, reaching the finals at Hobart and Kuala Lumpur. Bouchard returns to the Connecticut Open for the third consecutive year and overall.
American Shelby Rogers produced an impressive run to the French Open quarterfinals, defeating the No. 25, No. 17 and No. 10 seeds before falling to eventual Champion Garbine Muguruza. Ranked outside the top 100 at Roland Garros, Rogers became only the eighth woman since 1984 to make the French Open quarters with a triple-digit ranking. Rogers is now ranked in the top 50 and will be make her first appearance in New Haven.
“We’re thrilled to welcome another top-10 player and Olympian in Agnieszka Radwanska and amazing talents in Shelby and Genie to our strong player field,” said Worcester. “When you combine the level of play at the 2016 Connecticut Open with the dozens of off-court activities and the PowerShares Men’s Legends, the fans are sure to have an amazing experience at the tournament.”
Wildcards into the qualifying draw were awarded to Daniela Hantuchova and Americans Danielle Collins, Kayla Day, Lauren Davis, Ellyse Hamlin and Sofia Kenin, giving the tournament 11 Americans in the qualifying field.
Hantuchova has a career-high ranking of No. 5 and will make her 12th appearance in New Haven; Collins, a former University of Virginia standout, won the 2016 and 2014 NCAA singles title; Day is the 2016 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion; Davis advanced to the finals at Washington D.C. and makes her third appearance at New Haven; Hamlin, a Fairfield native and All-ACC selection at Duke University; and Kenin, who won the 2016 USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge and was the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion.
While the excitement of world-class tennis takes place on the court, fans can also enjoy a weeklong festival of off-court entertainment, experiential activities, local food trucks, live music and special events. The tournament also invites fans to support various Connecticut nonprofit and charitable causes throughout tournament week related to women’s, youth, military, hunger and other sponsor-related causes.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.ctopen.org or by calling 877-896-2908. The tournament is also recruiting more volunteers for the event, and those interested should visit http://www.ctopen.org/volunteer/ or call 203-776-7331 ext. 5842 for more information.