More than 350 adults volunteer their time at the Volvo Car Open every year. Do you want to get involved? It’s easy!
Don't just watch tennis, experience it! Volunteer spots go quickly, submit your application early! Applications will be available on December 15th via an online form.
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Volvo Car Open Ball Crew! Ball crew department applications will open up on December 1, 2017. Please contact Department Chair Danny Hayes at VCOBallCrew@gmail.com with any questions.
As a Ball Crew member you're afforded the opportunity to be on-court with the superstars of tennis! We recruit more than 200 adults and juniors, ages 11 & up, for the Ball Crew, offering access to matches and players.
- Why are you changing the name of the tournament from the Family Circle Cup to the Volvo Car Open?
Earlier this year, Volvo Car announced that it was building a new, state of the art production facility in Berkeley County. As part of their commitment to the Charleston community, Volvo determined that it was going to become involved in a number of events and programs that reflect the tremendous vitality and excitement of the Charleston area.
This new title sponsor partnership reflects their commitment to the Charleston community as well as to their core audience of Volvo car owners.
NEW YORK & DANIEL ISLAND, S.C., (August 31, 2015) – Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP, www.meredith.com) unveiled today an exciting, new partnership with Volvo Car of North America for the Family Circle Cup, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world. In conjunction with Volvo Car’s first American plant in South Carolina’s Berkeley County, the brand will become the title sponsor for the Family Circle Cup, changing its name to the Volvo Car Open.
“Family Circle’s commitment to women’s tennis began in 1973, and the tournament continues to be a premiere event on the WTA tour. Our new relationship with Volvo is a great opportunity for both of our companies to build on and celebrate the tournament’s rich history while finding new and exciting ways to expand and grow its reach with our marketing partners,” said Tom Harty, President, National Media Group, Meredith Corporation.
He notes that Volvo’s decision to create its first United States production facility in South Carolina, and to become title sponsor for the event, will “help to ensure that the tournament and facility along with its broad range of programs remain a vital part of the Charleston community both now and for many years to come.”
The tournament aligns with Volvo’s core mission and target market. The luxury-car brand has been built up over decades, and is one of the world’s best known and respected companies within the vehicle industry. Volvo has also been involved in tennis historically in the past.
“It is a great honor to become the title sponsor of this world-class tournament; one that like Volvo Car, celebrates passion and performance,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car of North America. “As we are establishing our U.S. manufacturing footprint in the Charleston area, this is an ideal way for us to leverage our presence in the community.”
The Volvo Car Open is truly an international event for the Charleston area, with players and fans attending from across the globe. The tournament averages 90,000 attendees each year and reaches more than 10 million television viewers worldwide.
“The title sponsorship change is a natural evolution of our event,” said Bob Moran, General Manger and Tournament Director of the Volvo Car Open. “We are an international event with players, fans and viewers from across the globe. The opportunity for Meredith to partner with a world-class brand like Volvo Car is a perfect fit.”
Moran notes that Family Circle and Charleston Tennis will continue to market the event to Meredith’s 100 million consumers. The tournament will continue to be owned and operated by Charleston Tennis, LLC, a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation, publisher of Family Circle.
“Volvo is a welcome addition to the tour and the event continues to be a pioneer in women’s professional sports, creating milestones that over the years have directly influenced the popularity of women’s professional tennis,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO, WTA. “The tournament has a roster of past champions that include some of the biggest names in the history of women's tennis including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin and Serena Williams.”
The Volvo Car Open will take place April 2 – 10, 2016 on Daniel Island.
Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Car Open will go on sale Tuesday, September 15, 2015. For more information on tickets, call 800.677.2293.
ABOUT Volvo Car OF NORTH AMERICA:
Volvo Car of North America, LLC, (www.volvocars.com/us) is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States. For more information please refer to the VCNA media website at: http://www.media.volvocars.com/us.
ABOUT MEREDITH CORPORATION:
Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) has been committed to service journalism for more than 110 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms - including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile, tablets and video - to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.
Meredith’s National Media Group reaches a multi-channel audience of 220 million consumers monthly, including more than 100 million unduplicated American women and over 60 percent of U.S. Millennial women. Meredith is the leader in creating content across media platforms in key consumer interest areas such as food, home, parenthood and health through well-known brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Shape and Allrecipes. The National Media Group features robust brand licensing activities, including more than 3,000 SKUs of branded products at 4,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. Meredith Xcelerated Marketing is a leader at developing and delivering custom content and customer relationship marketing programs for many of the world’s top brands, including Kraft, Lowe’s and Chrysler.
Meredith’s Local Media Group includes 17 owned or operated television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households. Meredith’s portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation’s Top 25 - including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland - and 13 in Top 50 markets. Meredith’s stations produce approximately 650 hours of local news and entertainment content each week, and operate leading local digital destinations.
The Family Circle Cup is proud to announce East Shore Athletic Club (ESAC) as our "Official Athletic Club" sponsor for the 2015 tournament. ESAC has 12 locations throughout the Charleston area and strives to offer classes and services to accommodate all their members' fitness needs. It is committed to bringing extraordinary life-changing experiences by offering a wide variety of fitness services.
As the "Official Athletic Club Sponsor", ESAC will provide a custom gym on-site during the Family Circle Cup for our players. The 26'x 26' Family Circle Cup player workout facility will include ESAC's state-of-art treadmills, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, stretching mats, resistance bands, fitness ladders, foam rollers, jump ropes, free weights and medicine balls.
The Family Circle Cup Ultimate Holiday Package
Purchase the perfect gift for a tennis fan - plan to attend Finale Weekend of the Family Circle Cup
with our ultimate fan holiday package!
Limited packages available!
To purchase, please call the box office (800)677-2293. Must purchase before 12/19/2014.
- Two exclusive Finale Weekend passes for April 11 -12 in Terrace seating
- Two Tervis Tumbler Family Circle Cup Souvenir Cups
- Two Family Circle Cup t-shirts
- Two Family Circle Cup visors
- $40 food & beverage voucher
Cost per package is $400. To purchase, please call the box office (800)677-2293.
Single session tickets and ticket packages are now on sale for the 2015 Family Circle Cup. The 43rd Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 4 – April 12, 2015 at the Family Circle Stadium in Charleston, SC.
The nine-day event is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world, attracting nearly 90,000 attendees yearly, and more than 70 world-class athletes competing in 92 matches.
Vote Shelby Rogers, our very own Charleston native and Family Circle Cup fan-favorite, in the WTA Rising Stars poll!
If she wins, she will be sent to Singapore for the WTA Finals Rising Star Invitational. Voting ends Friday, October 3rd at 11:59pm ET. Just click the link below and vote for Shelby!
The Family Circle Cup not only offers world-class tennis, but also hosts a wide-variety of other activities throughout the week long tournament. Check out our Fan Guide to find out all that you can do in-between matches: 2014 Family Circle Cup Fan Guide.
The 2014 Family Circle Cup is currently searching for five National Anthem singers to perform throughout the week-long event on Daniel Island, March 29 – April 6, 2014.
For the fourth year, the tournament, in partnership with Cumulus Radio, is collecting online video submissions to search for all-star vocal talent.