The Hawaii Open, presented by Ward Village and Hawaii Tourism, is a three-day men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament held at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Tournament action begins Thursday, December 26, and features top-ranked tennis players from the ATP and WTA tours, with five male and five female tennis players, including 2018 returning men’s champion Kei Nishikori and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. Other stars include three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber, Sam Querrey, Danielle Collins, and more. Here are 5 reasons why you should save your seats to the action today:
The perfect holiday gift. With the holidays right around the corner, treat your ‘ohana to the sporting event of the season.
A new tournament location. This year, the Hawaii Open will be played at a larger venue, the Stan Sheriff Center.
Maria Sharapova. The tennis icon will be coming to the island to compete in the Hawaii Open for the first time.
Fun for the whole family, with ticket prices starting at only $10.
Action, up close. Some of the world’s top talent will be participating in the tournament. See the stars of tennis playing in-person while interacting with the pros after their matches.
The Hawaii Open will be hosting some of the world’s top tennis professionals during the three-day events. For more information on some of the competition, keep reading!
Kei Nishikori, the defending men’s champion of the Hawaii Open, has had an impressive career since turning pro in 2007. He reached the quarterfinals in the 2019 Australian Open and is the only Japanese man to be ranked inside the top 5 of the ATP World Tour. Other career highlights include winning a title in Brisbane this year, reaching the 2014 U.S. Open finals, as well as reaching the finals in Madrid (2014), Miami (2016), Canada (2016) and Monte Carlo (2018).
“Hawaii holds a special place in my heart, and I’m thrilled to be going back this year,” said Nishikori. “The fans are amazing, and I had a great time exploring the beautiful island. I look forward to defending my title.”
Since turning pro in 2001, Maria Sharapova has won 36 titles in her career. She rose to the top of the WTA Tour rankings in 2005 and has appeared in ten Grand Slam finals, capturing five of those titles. She won her most recent title in 2017 at Tiajin and in 2018, reached the quarterfinals at the French Open. She represented the Russian Fed Cup Team in 2008, 2011-12, and 2015, and represented Russia in the Olympics in 2012.
“The Hawaii Open is a great way to warm up for the competition in Australia, which is around the corner,” Sharapova said. “I’m excited to play, explore the beautiful island, and meet my fans.”
Angelique Kerber has won 12 singles titles, including three Grand Slams (2016 Australian Open, 2016 US Open, and 2018 Wimbledon). The former World No. 1 from Germany has appeared in 17 tournament finals and has been a member of the German Fed Cup Team and the German Olympic Team.
“I’m excited to visit Hawaii for the first time and compete in the Hawaii Open against other top players,” Kerber said. “It’s the perfect preparation for the upcoming season in one of the most beautiful destinations on earth. I have heard so many great things about the local community, the food, the culture, and the beautiful nature with its world-famous beaches.”
Since turning pro in 2006, Sam Querrey has achieved a career-high ranking of No.11 in 2018, finishing 12 straight seasons in the Top 100. In 2017, he advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal during Wimbledon, making him the first American Grand Slam semi-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2009. Querrey has 10 singles titles and has made it to nineteen finals in his career.
“I’m excited to play in Honolulu at the Hawaii Open this year. Hawaii is one of my favorite places to visit, and the event is a great way for me to get ready before the start of the 2020 season in Australia,” said Querrey. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the fans in Honolulu this December!”
Three rounds of single-elimination matches featuring edge-of-your-seat action will be played over three days in a best two-out-of-three set format. Third sets will be played as a tie break, with the first to 10 points declared the winner.
For more information and tickets, please visit www.hawaiitennisopen.com. VIP packages are available and selling fast. See you there!