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Overview - Parking
Posted on Mar 27, 2015 9:42am ET

2015 Family Circle Cup Parking

A new parking plan is in place for the 2015 Family Circle Cup. Once on Daniel Island, follow signs closely to arrive at the appropriate parking lot. Parking in Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 require a Parking Hangtag that is distributed prior to the event.

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Activites at the 2015 tournament
Posted on Mar 26, 2015 9:38am ET

Epic matches, breathtaking grounds, special events and friendly service have come to define the Family Circle Cup experience, and the 2015 Cup offers all of that and more! We hope you enjoy the best that women’s tennis has to offer as you stroll the grounds, enjoy the company of good friends and make memories for a lifetime.

There’s always so much to do when you’re not watching world-class tennis. Check below for a detailed list of every activity the Family Circle Cup has to offer tournament-goers. We hope you'll celebrate 43 years with us!


DRAW CEREMONY (3:00 – 4:00 PM)
Join us on the Grand Lawn to be a part of Family Circle Cup history as player names are drawn out of the Champions trophy to determine who will battle it out on the courts! Interact with WTA players and help pull the name chips from the Cup!

FAMILY WEEKEND (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
The fun starts on Saturday and continues through Sunday afternoon. Adults and kids will experience two fun-filled days of balloon art, face painting, magicians, jump castles, climbing wall and much more. We'll also be celebrating Easter on Sunday with an egg hunt sponsored by Daniel Island Property Owners Association. Free admission for kids 12 and under, and adults are only $10.

LADIES DAY OUT (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Join us for a special day of tennis with your best girls! For the cost of a regular Tuesday ticket, you'll enjoy giveaways, shopping and dining, all while watching hours of world-class tennis. So, rally up all of your favorite ladies and join us. 

Ladies Day Ticket Includes:

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Family Circle Cup Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Posted on Mar 26, 2015 9:34am ET

The Family Circle Cup and MUSC Health have teamed up to support “Pink Out Night for the Cure” to benefit the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. This event will take place Wednesday, April 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The Family Circle Cup encourages fans who attend the evening session to wear pink and help “pink out” the stadium. For each person who enters wearing pink, the Family Circle Cup and MUSC Health will donate $1 to the Komen Lowcountry Affiliate. Survivors wearing their 2014 Survivor Race shirt will receive a free general admission ticket.

“This is about so much more than raising breast cancer awareness — it’s about giving hope to our neighbors in need,” says Lucy Spears, mission programs manager of Komen Lowcountry. “The money that’s raised at Pink Out Night will be used in our Lowcountry mission programs and for supporting community health grants, education and advocacy.”

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2015 Family Circle Cup Main Draw Announced
Posted on Mar 11, 2015 3:13pm ET

The preliminary main player draw for the Family Circle Cup is officially complete for the 43rd tournament, April 4 – 12. The world-class player field forming for the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island is headed up by eight of the top 20 players in the world. Five additional players will join the field via Wild Card entry, to be announced at a later date.

The Family Circle Cup’s 56-player draw is made up of 43 direct entries into the tournament, five wild cards and eight qualifiers.

"The depth in our player field is what we strive for each year,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager for the Family Circle Cup.  “From top-ranked players like Ekaterina Makarova and our champion Andrea Petkovic, to the next generation of talent, we are certain the diversity of players within the field this year will bring fierce and entertaining competition on the courts.”

Highlights from the Main Draw include:

  • 20 countries represented in the international player field
  • Eight players in the top 20 in the world
  • Four past Family Circle Cup Champions: Andrea Petkovic (2014), Samantha Stosur (2011), Sabine Lisicki (2009) and Jelena Jankovic (2007)
  • Nine Americans in the field
  • Local Charleston player Shelby Rogers qualifies for the 2015 Family Circle Cup main draw
  • Madison Keys, top ranked American player in the field, currently World No. 18 after reaching the Australian Open semifinals

At the top of the Family Circle Cup player field is Ekaterina Makarova. 2015 will mark her first time playing Charleston in five years. She broke into the WTA singles top 10 for the first time in her career in January 2015, stemming from a standout 2014 season that included a singles quarterfinals appearance at Wimbledon, and her first Grand Slam singles semifinal at the US Open.

Current Family Circle Cup champion Andrea Petkvoic had a major comeback during the 2013-2014 season. After her Family Circle Cup win, Petkovic reached her first career Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open. She went on to reach the semifinals in Stanford, before taking home an additional WTA title at Bad Gadstein. Petkovic started the 2015 season with a win in Antwerp in February 2015.

Safarova will play Charleston for her fifth time in 2015. After making the finals in both singles and doubles in 2012, losing to Serena in singles before taking the doubles win, she has gone on to make the Family Circle Cup’s quarterfinals the last two years. Safarova reached an additional four quarterfinals following the 2014 Family Circle Cup, as well as the semifinals at Wimbledon and Moscow. Most recently, she won the title in Doha in February 2015.

Rounding out the top-four in Charleston’s player field is Sara Errani. This year’s tournament will be her third time playing the Family Circle Cup. Errani reached the quarterfinals at two Grand Slams in 2014, the French and US Open, as well as the finals in Rome and Paris. Errani won her first title of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Main Draw to Date:

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ESAC Brings New Gym to Family Circle Cup
Posted on Mar 10, 2015 4:01pm ET

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. 

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Family Circle Cup Searching for National Anthem Singers
Posted on Mar 10, 2015 10:21am ET

Do you have what it takes to belt out the National Anthem in front of thousands? Five lucky singers will have the opportunity to show off their vocal talent at the Family Circle Cup on April 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th.

For the fifth year, The Family Circle Cup, in partnership with Cumulus Radio, is collecting online video submissions to narrow down the search for five all-star singers.

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Family Circle Cup Goal to Grow Game of Tennis
Posted on Mar 5, 2015 11:41am ET

The Family Circle Cup tennis tournament has made its 2015 mission to grow the game of tennis, starting with its junior fans. In partnership with SunTrust, kids 15 and under will receive free admission all week to the Family Circle Cup, April 4 – 12, 2015, in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island. In addition every junior that takes advantage of the free ticket will be provided one free training day from MWTennis during the year at the Family Circle Tennis Center. The training sessions will include on-court match play, technique and fitness training. 

“It’s important for our tournament to create a program to inspire juniors to get out and play the game of tennis, and to expand that relationship beyond the nine days of the tournament,” said Bob Moran, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “We want the Family Circle Cup and the Family Circle Tennis Center to become a vehicle for kids to fall in love with the sport all yearlong.  SunTrust continues to be a fantastic partner to the Family Circle Cup and the Charleston community.  This gesture shows how committed they are to making a difference.”

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Volunteer - Ball Crew
Posted on Feb 16, 2015 8:22pm ET

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Family Circle Cup Ball Crew. Our Ball Crew for the tournament is now full, however if you are available Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, April 6th - 8th, please contact Department Chair Danny Hays 850-980-1308 or FCCBallCrew@gmail.com for consideration.

This is your 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.

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Volunteer - Adult
Posted on Jan 16, 2015 1:10pm ET

Volunteer Applications are now available for the 2015 Family Circle Cup!
Please send volunteer applications to Jo Cooper: Jo.Cooper@Familycirclecup.com.

More than 350 adults volunteer their time at the Family Circle Cup every year. Do you want to get involved? It’s easy!

Kerber and Makarova Enter Player Field
Posted on Jan 15, 2015 11:56am ET

Anqelique Kerber, World No. 9, and Ekaterina Makarova, Word No. 10, have joined current champion Andrea Petkovic in the 2015 Family Circle Cup player field. The Family Circle Cup takes place April 4 – 12 in Charleston, S.C.

“We are excited to bring these powerful and talented players to Charleston to join our 43rd tournament player field,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager.  “Kerber and Makarova are fierce competitors to be reckoned with, and we are happy our fans will have the opportunity to watch them play live in Charleston.”

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