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Downtown Charleston Events Calendar

Things to Do During Your Reign in Charleston

Downtown Charleston and the Historic District offers plenty of options year-round, and our central location on Meeting Street, places you in the heart of exciting special events and festivals.

Browse our event calendar and plan your stay at the King Charles Inn to include any of these exciting things to do in Downtown Charleston.

2019 Volvo Car Open

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2019 Volvo Car Open

2019 Volvo Car Open

From Saturday, March 30, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019 March 30, 2019 April 7, 2019 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.

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