Mount Pleasant Magazine March/April 2023

42 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com Credit One Charleston Open, held each April on Daniel Island at Credit One Stadium, draws some of the biggest names in the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), with a roster of past champions that reads like a who’s who of sport’s legends. That list includes Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Serena and Venus Williams, Martina Hingis and Gabriela Sabatini. The largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, the event attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players to Charleston every year. In 2022, it celebrated its 50th anniversary, a year in which it was named WTA 500 Tournament of the Year, an honor that is even more gratifying when you consider that the recognition is voted on by the players. GROWING WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL TENNIS INTO A GLOBALLY-WATCHED SPORT Family Circle magazine launched the event in 1973 in Hilton Head under the moniker Family Circle Cup, where it remained until 2001, when it moved to Daniel Island. In Credit One Charleston Open is a Pioneer in Women’s Professional Tennis BY COL I N MCCANDLESS Fans en j oy i ng a match at Cred i t One Stad i um on Dan i e l I s l and. Counting 51 Years and