2022 Champions Trophy Made Sustainably

July 25, 2022 05:45 PM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (July 26, 2022) – The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is known for creating unique championship trophies. This year the tournament organizers and title sponsor Mubadala commissioned the design and engineering studio Better Future Factory to create a sustainable championship trophy for the 2022 event.

The 2022 trophy is made from 100% recycled tennis related materials including old tennis racquet parts, tennis strings and water bottles. The trophy was produced using different specialized techniques, like 3D printing, to transform these materials into beautiful and unique awards. The packaging is constructed from repurposed tennis items, including recycled tennis clothing for the interior packing material, making this fully sustainable trophy the first of its kind in tennis.

“The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic understands the importance of protecting the environment and we’ve taken exciting strides in producing a more sustainable event, including working with Better Future Factory to produce an eco-friendly trophy this year,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tournament director. “Innovation is one of our core principles and I can’t wait for fans to see this special work of art.”

Ahmed Al Calily, Chief Strategy and Risk Officer at Mubadala, said “As a global and responsible investor, Mubadala is proud to be working with an innovative organization such as Better Future Factory as part of our sponsorship of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. Their focus on eliminating waste and the role of the circular economy in ensuring a sustainable future is important and we are pleased to be able to highlight their work through the competition trophy.”

In addition to the trophy initiative, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is working with the tournament’s host site, San José State University, to try and create a 100% sustainable food and beverage program for the 2022 tournament. 

As part of the program, the San José Conservation Corps (SJCC) and SJSU Green Campus are working together to make the tournament “zero waste” by only offering recyclable or compostable containers, to have approximately 100% of the waste generated to be either recycled or composted.

During the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, SJCC will provide recycling services in partnership with San José State University. Through these strategic partnerships, the tournament will continue to build effective recycling initiatives across Santa Clara County. 

In addition, the tournament will be donating leftover food each evening to Hunger at Home, and food waste will be composted and used at the SJSU Campus Community Garden. The community garden exists to provide the SJSU students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community with an opportunity to participate in food justice, and accessibility to fresh and healthy food while engaging in cultural exchange and cooperation. 

Fans will also find 50 electric vehicle charging stations available for public use at the SJSU Park and Ride lot, across from Spartan Stadium. Solar panels located at the Park and Ride Lot will generate enough electricity to power the athletic facilities, and recycled water is used to irrigate South Campus, saving over 24 million gallons of potable water every year.

The 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic player field is the strongest since 2009 with five current top-10 ranked players among the 22 players entered.

The impressive list includes recently crowned Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, World No. 3 Maria Sakkari, No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 5 ranked Ons Jabeur, No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, and No. 8 Garbiñe Muguruza. 

Tickets for the 2022 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are available now. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event and see many of the world's best tennis players as they return to San José State University, from August 1-7, 2022.  Opening round tickets start at only $29. Weeklong and Finals Weekend ticket packages are also available at www.MubadalaSVC.com. The event also has many hospitality options, including private entertainment areas for corporate events, premier seating options, and tennis clinics. 

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has a rich history as a groundbreaking event. Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA. 

Created for women by women, the tournament’s list of past champions reads like a who’s who of tennis legends including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.

ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the Hologic WTA Tour 500-level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw, and 16-team doubles draw. 
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala’s $284 billion (AED 1045 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates.  For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: www.mubadala.com
ABOUT BETTER FUTURE FACTORY: Better Future Factory is Rotterdam based product design & engineering studio specialized in sustainable plastic products. Helping brands and organizations worldwide become frontrunners in future proof plastic products by (re)designing plastic products in a circular way. Better Future Factory believes in a pragmatic approach, creating tangible, sustainable and scalable solutions in no time. No more plastic waste(d)

ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series is a true "regular season" of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. The Series features a cohesive weekly schedule and centralizes how 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 various outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, events, fashion, and media. The company manages some of the world's greatest athletes, and fashion icons, owns and operates hundreds of live events annually, and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.
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