23-TIME GRAND SLAM WINNER SERENA WILLIAMS TO HEADLINE ALL-STAR LINEUP AT THE TOP SEED OPEN, AUGUST 10-16, IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKYTop Seed Open, Octagon Tennis
Top Seed Open Marks the Return to Professional Tennis in the U.S.
Inaugural WTA Tournament to be Telecast on Tennis Channel
Tournament to Feature More Than 32 of The World’s Best Players, Including Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza, and Coco Gauff
LEXINGTON, Kent. – July 24, 2020 – The Top Seed Open, presented by Blue Grass Orthopaedics, today announced its lineup of players competing at the upcoming Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament from Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 16, at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. Serving as the first professional tennis event in the United States in more than five months, the event will be highlighted by an all-star roster of the best women’s tennis players in the world, including 23–time Grand Slam Winner Serena Williams (No. 9 world ranking).
The player field will feature more than 32 players, including seven-time Grand Slam Winner Venus Williams (No. 67), 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens (No. 37), two-time Grand Slam Champion Victoria Azarenka (No. 58), Garbiñe Muguruza (No. 16), and rising U.S. tennis star Coco Gauff (No. 52).
“We’re thrilled to have an incredible field of all-stars competing in this year’s event, and are appreciative of the tremendous support of the players, the WTA, and Octagon,” said Jonathan Sanders, Tournament Director, Top Seed Open. “We are eager for the return of professional tennis in the United States, and are looking forward to hosting a world-class tournament in Lexington.”
“Octagon is proud to be a part of the return to professional tennis in the United States, and work with many of the greatest players in the world, along with our partners at the WTA and Top Seed Tennis Club, to bring this new event to Kentucky,” said Alastair Garland, Vice President, Octagon Tennis. “This tournament is a testament to the power of the tennis community, and the collective support from the players, to come together and build something great during a very challenging time across the globe.”
Marking the return to tennis in the United States, the inaugural WTA Tournament will be a lead-up to the Western & Southern Open, and the U.S. Open.
The Top Seed Open will be telecast on the Tennis Channel, beginning Monday, August 10, at 11:30 a.m. ET. The event will also be distributed globally, reaching more than 80 international markets worldwide.
A newly constructed state-of-the-art facility, Top Seed Tennis Club is currently home to tennis tournaments at all levels. The grounds include 21 total DecoTurf II courts (12 indoor, nine outdoor), a 4,000 sq. ft gym and yoga studio.
The Top Seed Open is organized by Octagon Tennis, in partnership with The WTA and Top Seed Tennis Club.
ABOUT THE TOP SEED OPEN:
The Top Seed Open will take place Aug 10-16 at the Top Seed Tennis Club, located a few miles south of Lexington, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. In its inaugural year on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) schedule, the Top Seed Open will host more than 32 of the world’s top tennis stars.
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ABOUT THE WTA:
Founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 1,650 players representing 84 nations competing for a record $180 million in prize money. In 2019, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 700 million. The 2020 WTA Tour includes 53 events and four Grand Slams, spanning across six continents and 28 countries and regions. The season culminates with the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com.