Kenin, Keys, Stephens To Play San Jose

June 2, 2021 10:32 AM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (June 2, 2021) – The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will welcome back the world’s best women’s tennis stars as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and its place in history as the longest running women’s only tennis tournament in the world. 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, and 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic champion Madison Keys have all announced early they will play in the 2021 event, August 2-8, on the campus of San José State University.

The full player field will be announced on June 22, 2021.

Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was the first event of the historic 1971 women’s professional tennis tour which was a precursor to the WTA. 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.

Ticket packages for the 2021 event are on-sale now at Catch your chance to see professional tennis return to the Bay Area and honor the history of women’s sports.


Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series. 

 “We are excited for the opportunity to celebrate our 50th Anniversary and once again bring the best in professional women’s tennis to San José State University,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tournament director. “This is a very special year for this historic event, and with the likes of Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens already committed to play, we expect to have one of the summer’s strongest player fields.”

Kenin will be making her second trip ever to San Jose and is currently ranked No. 5 in the world. She has captured five career WTA singles titles, including her first career Grand Slam title last year, at the 2020 Australian Open. In addition to her win in Melbourne she also reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.

Keys, the 2017 tournament champion, has captured five career WTA singles titles and was a finalist at the 2017 US Open. Currently ranked No. 24 in the world, Keys is making her fourth appearance at the event. 

Stephens, a former World No. 3, has won six career WTA singles titles including the 2017 US Open. Stephens, who also advanced the French Open final in 2018, is returning to the Bay Area for the first time since 2012.

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

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ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA 1000 level event is the first women’s stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $565,530. 

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 $243.4 billion (AED 894 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. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit: 

ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly 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 sport, 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 entertainment, sports and content 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.