WAIPAHU, Hawaii, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hawaii Open presented by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, a Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tennis tournament, is set for this Sunday Nov. 20 – Nov. 27 at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipahu, HI.
The inaugural Hawaii Open will be Hawaii's largest professional tennis tournament. Featured is a 32-player singles main draw, an 8-player qualifying draw and an 8-team doubles draw.
Among the players are Sabine Lisicki, Wimbledon finalist and holder of the world-record for the fastest serve by a female tennis player, and China's No. 1 WTA tennis player Shuai Zhang. WTA veteran Daniela Hantuchova and Carlsbad Classic finalist Nicole Gibbs will join rising WTA players such as American favorites CiCi Bellis and Ingrid Neel.
Qualifying rounds begin on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 10:00 a.m. Qualifying day tickets are $5. From Monday, Nov. 21, through the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 27, individual day and night session tickets range from $18 to $80. Parking is free.
The Hawaii Open will host a player's draw party at Tiki's Grill and Bar at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. The singles and doubles main draws will be announced. Featured players are Sabine Lisicki, Shuai Zhang, Daniela Hantuchova, and Nicole Gibbs. Tickets are available online for advance purchase only.
Players are at practice on the newly resurfaced hard courts at the Pasty T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. British WTA player Katie Swan, a Hawaii Open main draw wildcard, said, "I'm really excited about being given the opportunity to play in the WTA here in Hawaii. It's a fantastic location for a tournament at the end of the year."
The Hawaii Open has partnered with local nonprofit Hawaii Foodbank. The tournament will serve as a drop off location for donations throughout the week of Thanksgiving. Military Appreciation Day is Monday, Nov. 21. Free grounds passes will be offered to current and retired service members with a valid military ID. Kid's Day is Tuesday, November 22. Children 12 and under will receive free grounds passes.
For more information about the 2016 Hawaii Open and to purchase tickets, visit www.hawaiitennisopen.com.
About the WTA:
The WTA is the global leader in women's professional sport with more than 2,500 tennis players representing 92 nations competing for a $130 million in prize money. The 2016 WTA competitive season includes 57 events and four Grand Slams in 33 countries. In 2015, The WTA was watched by 395 million fans on television and digital channels around the world. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/largest-professional-tennis-tournament-in-hawaii-begins-sunday-300365059.html
SOURCE Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority