Source: Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
November 17, 2017 (Oahu) Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina will present the State’s only Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament as the Official Hotel for the tournament, hosting 32 world-ranked WTA players and up-and-coming international stars playing singles and doubles matches on Oahu, a Player’s Pro Am and the official draw party.
The final WTA tournament of the year, the Hawaii Open is taking place the week of November 19-26 at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. Last year’s singles champion was American CiCi Bellis, with the victory being her first tournament title on the WTA tour. Winning the doubles championship was Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato of Japan.
Tournament organizers are confident this year’s field of international competitors will be stronger, as more top players are aware of the tournament and impressed by the quality of play, the enthusiasm of Hawaii’s tennis fans and the opportunity to boost their world rankings before the tennis year concludes.
“The addition of Four Seasons Resort Oahu, a resort recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the Top 3 resorts in Hawaii in 2017, is a definite bonus for the players,” said Tournament Director Ben Goldsmith. “The Four Seasons Tennis Centre offers five plexi-pave tennis courts, equipment and lessons from top professionals. With beautiful ocean vistas from the sixth-floor location, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful tennis centres on the island.”
“We are thrilled to host this prestigious sporting event in Hawaii,” said Sanjiv Hulugalle, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, who will play in the Pro Am at Four Seasons on Saturday afternoon. “The top female tennis players in the world are in Ko Olina and this is the only WTA tournament held after the US Open in the United States.”
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 tennis players representing 92 nations competing for $130 million in prize money. Among the world class female tennis players competing in 2017 Hawaii Open are Italy’s Sara Errani, China’s Shai Zhang, Misaki Doi, Risa Ozaki and Kurumi Nara from Japan, Evgeniya Rodina from Russian Su-wei Hsieh from Taiwan, and Sachia Vickery and Julia Boserup from the USA.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu joins the Hawaii Tourism Authority as a Presenting Sponsor of the tournament. “Last year’s inaugural Hawaii Open was a huge hit with the players and fans and established Hawaii as a premier destination to host the playing of a world-class tennis tournament,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “Tournament Director Ben Goldsmith and his team committed to making the Hawaii Open a first-class operation that capitalizes on Hawaii’s endearing attributes to attract both top players and the interest of tennis fans around the world. They have lived up to their word and we are delighted to continue our partnership and help the Hawaii Open become an even greater showcase for top-quality women’s tennis.”
The tournament will generate extensive global exposure for Hawaii, as all of the week’s matches will be televised by the Tennis Channel, Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports Latin America, ESPN Canada, and other cable TV providers, while also being live-streamed by tennis fans worldwide.