Tickets are going fast for the inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500 tournament scheduled for Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, October 16 at Barnes Tennis Center. This historic tennis event features many of the top players in women’s pro tennis and the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation is proud to be an event sponsor.
Reigning US Open champion Iga Swiatek of Poland headlines the Hologic WTA Tour event, which will feature seven of the Top 10 and 16 of the Top 20 players in women’s professional tennis. The seeds include: No 1. Iga Swiatek (Pol), No 2. Anett Kontaveit (Est). No. 3 Paula Badosa (Esp), No. 4 Sofia Kenin (USA), No. 5 Jessica Pegula (USA),No. 6 Aryna Sabalekna, No. 7 Coco Gauff (USA), No. 8 Caroline Garcia (Fra), No. 9 Daria Kasatkina, No 10 Garbine Muguruza (Esp), No. 11 Veronika Kudermetova, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko (Lat), No. 13 Danielle Collins (USA), No. 14 Madison Keys (USA), No. 15 Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra), No. 16 Petra Kvitova (Cze) and No. 17 Karolina Pliskova (Cze).
Wildcard entries have been given to American Sloane Stephens, who won the 2017 US Open Singles Championship and was a singles finalist at the 2018 French Open. She is currently ranked No. 50 in the world. Additionally, Leylah Fernandez, the 2021 US Open finalist, has been accepted into the main draw, and the 2021 NCAA Singles Champion Emma Navarro was awarded a wildcard entry.
“This tournament will be one of the strongest in women’s pro tennis and San Diego is one of the greatest cities to host this inaugural event,” said Linda Milan, the Executive Director of the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation. “Our hope is to inspire the So Cal tennis community and support women’s professional tennis. Bringing top level players to our home courts will also encourage and inspire kids to greatness and that is part of our mission. We want to make tennis an equal opportunity sport for people of all races, ethnicities, genders, economic levels and cultures. Tennis is truly the sport of a lifetime and we are excited for this event.”
General Admission seating in the main stadium will range from $50 to $60. Reserved seating on the sidelines will range from $60 to $75. Seating on the North Baseline will range from $95 to $115 and VIP seating on the North Baseline, which includes food and beverage, will range from $250 to $375.
Grounds Passes, which are available for $30, will be sold for Day Sessions from Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14. Grounds Passes are also available for Evening Sessions on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11.
Fans purchasing Grounds Passes will have access to the 500-seat stadium on Court 2 and the San Diego Open Fan Village, which will feature a daily Q&A and autograph session with a player, the Hologic Health Area, interactive activities and a large screen to watch Stadium Court matches.
“Fans coming to the San Diego Open WTA 500 are going to have a very unique experience as they get to watch the world’s top players on the WTA Tour up close in our intimate 2,300-seat stadium,” said Tournament Director Ryan Redondo. “Every seat offers ticket-holders an incredible view of the court. The competition will be fierce.”
According to Redondo, one of the best ticket options for fans is the San Diego Open WTA 500 Qualifying Rounds on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 at Barnes Tennis Center.
Tickets for the inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500 can be purchased on the tournament website at: https://barnessdopen.com/tickets
The tournament will offer $757,000 in prize money and will have a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. A 24-player qualifying draw will also be played with six qualifiers advancing to the main draw. Main Draw matches begin Monday, October 10 and concluding with the singles and doubles final on Sunday, October 16.
The San Diego Open WTA 500 Tournament marks the return of the WTA to San Diego County, which has a rich history of hosting top-level women’s tennis events dating back to 1971. The most recent WTA tournament was played in Carlsbad, Calif., in 2015.
WTA Grand Slam champions who have won titles in San Diego include Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Conchita Martínez, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, Mary Pierce, Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur.
Special thanks to Fred J. Sidhu, who contributed to this report. He is the Media Director for JFS Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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