Sharapova to Play

April 16, 2018 06:30 AM
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SAN JOSÉ, CA (April 16, 2018)–Five-time Grand Slam Champion and former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova has announced she will play in the 2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, July 30-August 5, on the campus of the tournament’s new home - San José State University.

“I am excited to return to the Bay Area for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic,” said Sharapova. “I always enjoy playing in California. The region has tremendous tennis fans, and I can’t wait to see the tournament’s new venue in San José.”

In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA tennis event that will look to bring the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. 

Formerly known as the Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has moved to San José State University. The new venue will provide an elevated, family friendly atmosphere and allow fans to see their favorite stars up close. 

Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament will bring the best female tennis players in the world to the Bay Area. Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament also serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series. 

One of the most successful tennis players in history, Sharapova has won 35 career WTA singles titles and is one of just six women to win all four of tennis’ major titles, completing the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open title in 2012. This will mark Sharapova’s fifth visit to the event.  She advanced to the tournament final in 2010.

Off the court, Sharapova remains one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. She has used her notoriety and entrepreneurial spirit to create her own successful lifestyle brand, Sugarpova, and to advance women in business. 

In the spirit of women’s empowerment, Sharapova recently announced that she is collaborating with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to mentor female entrepreneurs through the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program.

The tournament player field is already shaping up to be one of the strongest of the summer hard court season with Sharapova joining defending champion Madison Keys and singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe as tournament entrees.

Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was first played in 1971 and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis event in the world. Its list of past champions reads like a who's who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Weeklong and Finals Weekend ticket packages for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are on-sale now. 

For those who do not want to miss any of the action then a Weeklong Package is for you. Weeklong Packages include stadium seating in the 100-level or 200-level for all 13 sessions, depending on the package selected, and tournament parking. For those who purchase a 100-level package, additional amenities include preferred parking, an invitation to the exclusive Meet the Players Party and access to the Plaza Club.

If you do not have time to come to the tournament during the week but want to be there when the new singles and doubles champions are crowned, then check out our Finals Weekend package. Finals Weekend packages include stadium seating for sessions 11-13 on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. Those who purchase 100-level packages also receive tournament parking.

Secure your seats today to see the best professional women’s tennis players in the world compete for one of the oldest and most prestigious titles on the WTA tour.

To purchase tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.comor call 1-866-982-8497.

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ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC:The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first women’s stop of the US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $799,280. 

ABOUT MUBADALA:Mubadala is Abu Dhabi’s leading strategic investment company, active in 13 sectors and more than 30 countries around the world. Mubadala is a pioneering global investor, deploying capital with integrity and ingenuity to accelerate economic growth for the long-term benefit of Abu Dhabi.  Mubadala owns GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the world’s second-largest pure-play semiconductor foundry with more than 7,000 employees in the United States. It is also opening its first US office in the Bay Area in 2018, focusing on ventures investments in technology.  Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, it is the largest shareholder in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and has investments across 13 key sectors across 30 countries.  Their work includes the development of global industrial champions in sectors such as aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals & mining and renewable energy, utilities, and the management of diverse financial holdings. They build on legacy expertise in oil and gas to invest across the hydrocarbon spectrum, and enhance the UAE’s growth potential through investments in healthcare, real estate and defence services. Their investment approach prioritizes partnership with best-in-class organizations and a commitment to the highest standards of governance.

ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES:Entering its 15th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.

Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.

ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study – offered through its eight colleges.  With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.  The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

 

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