Volvo Car Open
From Saturday, March 31, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018 March 31, 2018 April 8, 2018 King Charles Inn
Since 1973, the Volvo Car Open has been a pioneer in women's professional sports creating milestones that over the years have directly influenced the popularity of women's professional tennis.
The tournament started creating milestones that, over the years, have directly influenced the popularity of women's professional tennis. It was the first women's tennis event to offer a $100,000 dollars in prize money. The first champion, Rosie Casals, received a check for $30,000, which was the largest prize money payout awarded to a woman that year. Even more remarkably, the tournament was the first women’s event to be broadcast on network television. Players who participated in 1973 still have fond memories of the significance of this occasion. Billie Jean King remarked that the final between Rosie Casals and Nancy Richey was not the best played match due to the nervousness of both players, but every player there knew that it was a historic day in women's sports.
Formerly known as the Family Circle Cup, The Volvo Car Open is a tournament rich in tradition that has been highlighted over the past 45 years with a number of outstanding accomplishments and many more to come.