SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 22, 2019) – The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic unveiled today the design of the 2019 championship trophies that will be presented to the tournament’s 2019 champions and finalists.
In partnership with its title sponsor Mubadala, the event set out to create a trophy that represented tennis and bridged the connection between San José, the Heart of Silicon Valley, and Abu Dhabi.
The 2019 trophy, named Pearl of Partnership, has a simple modern design that represents the characteristics of patience, commitment and agility that are required to reach the highest levels in the sport of tennis, and harkens back to the traits needed during Abu Dhabi’s historic pearl diving trade.
The intertwined loop design is in the shape of two racquets joined together, depicting unity while capturing the connection of two players in competition.
Designed by Emirati artist and Mubadala employee Ashwaq Abdulla, the gold and silver plated sculpture and pearl colored base was brought to life by Maatouk Art & Design.
Ashawaq Abdulla, commented: “The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has a tremendous legacy and has done so much for women’s tennis over the years, so I'm really proud to have designed this year's trophy. The commitment and agility of the players reminded me of the pearl diving days in the UAE and was the inspiration behind the design. I hope that the trophy - with its vivid colors - brings to life the parallel with our ancestors who persevered in a physically demanding craft. I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to design this expression of ‘partnership’; designed in the UAE and lifted in the United States.”
“This year’s trophy is truly inspirational and a beautiful work of art,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Tournament Director. “The fact that it was designed by a talented young artist from Abu Dhabi is a testament to the global nature of tennis, and we are excited to unveil it next week.”
In total, six trophies were produced – one for the singles champion, one for the singles finalist, two for the doubles champions and two for the doubles finalists.
Tickets for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, which returns for its second year at San José State University, start as low as $36 and are on sale now at www.MubadalaSVC.com.
Now entering its 49th year, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA Premier event bringing the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. Highlighting the best the region has to offer, the tournament showcases locally sourced cuisine, fine wine and cheese selections, interactive fan exhibitions, premier hospitality options, and of course, incredible tennis action.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament boasts $876,183 in prize money and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
With several different ticket options available, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has something for everyone. To purchase tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.com or call 1-866-982-8497.
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 $876,183.
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company actively manages a worldwide portfolio supporting the vision of a globally integrated and diversified economy, through sustainable returns to its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi. In March 2018, Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) joined the Group. Mubadala’s US $225 billion portfolio spans five continents with interests in aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, defense services, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, agribusiness and a global portfolio of financial holdings. Mubadala is a trusted partner, an engaged shareholder and a responsible global company that is committed to ethics and world-class standards. For more information about Mubadala, please visit: www.mubadala.com.
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 16th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP 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 grass-roots 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.