Top Americans Highlight Player Field

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SAN JOSÉ, CA (June 22, 2021) – The entry list for the 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been announced and the field is highlighted by a bevy of top-ranked Americans, WTA title winners, and Grand Slam champions, including 2020 Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Champion Madison Keys, 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens and 2017 Roland Garros Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Individual session tickets are available now, with opening-round tickets starting at only $20. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event as it returns to San José State University, August 2-8, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Weeklong ticket packages are also available.

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"We are excited to bring tennis back to the Bay Area and the ability to do so at 100 percent capacity," said tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson. "The player field should be one of the most competitive in recent memory, and given the event was co-founded by Billie Jean King 50 years ago, having six of the top-10 ranked Americans competing will make our Golden Anniversary truly special."

The tournament will welcome a strong American contingent with Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, and Danielle Collins joining Kenin, Keys, and Stephens in the player field. A total of 11 countries are represented in this year's player field.

The 50th edition of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will be one of its most competitive with 17 of 19 players entered having won at least one WTA singles title and 15 having advanced to a Grand Slam quarterfinal or better, including Grand Slam winners Kenin, Stephens, and Ostapenko. Overall, the 2021 field has combined to win 46 career singles titles.

Other players to watch include World No. 16 Elise Mertens, 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Muchova, 2021 Roland Garros quarterfinalists Elena Rybakina and Paula Badosa, and Chinese star Zhang Shuai.

The tournament will announce two additional automatic player entries and three additional wildcards in the next few weeks. The 28-player singles draw will be rounded out with four tournament qualifiers. The qualifying tournament will take place July 31 – August 1. Qualifying is open to the public.

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, 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.

Tickets can be purchased at www.MubadalaSVC.com, or you can call the tournament ticket office at 1-833-94-MATCH (1-833-946-2824).

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

2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Acceptance List (as of June 22, 2021)
Last Name, First Name, Country, Ranking

KENIN, SOFIA (USA), 6
MERTENS, ELISE (BEL), 16
RYBAKINA, ELENA (KAZ), 21
MUCHOVA, KAROLINA (CZE), 22 
KEYS, MADISON (USA), 26
MARTIC, PETRA (CRO), 29
RISKE, ALISON (USA), 31 
KUDERMETOVA, VERONIKA (RUS), 32
BADOSA, PAULA (ESP), 33
KASATKINA, DARIA (RUS), 34
ALEXANDROVA, EKATERINA (RUS), 35
ZHANG, SHUAI (CHN), 36
YASTREMSKA, DAYANA (UKR), 37
PUTINTSEVA, YULIA (KAZ), 42
OSTAPENKO, JELENA (LAT), 43
LINETTE, MAGDA (POL), 44
ROGERS, SHELBY (USA), 47
COLLINS, DANIELLE (USA), 48
STEPHENS, SLOANE (USA), 69 (WC)

ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic celebrates 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 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: www.mubadala.com

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.

 

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