BOTW Classic: Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza & more
02 Aug, 2017
The 2017 Bank of the West Classic (July 31-August 6, 2017), a Premier WTA event, is underway. The tournament, which takes place annually at Stanford University’s Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, California has drawn players such as past champions Serena and Venus Williams, Johanna Konta and Angelique Kerber. This year’s tourney—part of the US Open Series—features Wildcard Russian, LA-based Maria Sharapova, USA’s Coco Vandeweghe, who is playing both singles and doubles, 2016 French Open Champion and current Wimbledon 2017 winner Garbine Muguruza (who plays Wednesday night, August 2 at 7pm), Catherine Bellis, Madison Keys, Jennifer Brady, Nicole Gibbs and Czech player Petra Kvitova.
We had the chance to attend the All-Access Hour last Monday in which Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were in attendance. Stay tuned for our video coverage of this private, exclusive event!
Further, July 31st, the first night of the tournament, saw the largest audience attendance for a Monday evening since 2009 with a whopping 2,187 guests. This group of excited fans came to see Maria Sharapova’s (RUS) first American appearance since her 15-month suspension. Sharapova, who was victorious in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 6-0) against American opponent Jennifer Brady (USA), was welcomed by both fans and the media with open arms. We had the chance to speak with the all-around successful Russian tennis pro, business woman and model in her post-match press conference.
WATCH: See what Maria had to say to Dig In Magazine Editor-in-chief Cindy Maram about how she juggled her training sessions while developing/promoting her new book during her recent break from tennis:
See the FULL PRESS CONFERENCE:
NEWS: Due to unforeseen circumstances and based on doctor’s advice, Sharapova has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic due to soreness in her left arm.
“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today’s match,” said Sharapova. “Toward the end of the Monday night’s match, I felt pain in my left forearm. After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury. Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing but I have to make a preventative decision.”
Bank of the West Classic Tournament Director Vickie Gunnarsson responded to Sharapova’s decision: “This is definitely tough for Maria…She has so many fans which was evident by the support she received here on Monday night. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court soon.”
*Stay tuned for Wimbledon Champion Garbine Muguruza (ESP) headlining this evening’s session at 7pm on Stadium Court at Stanford University’s Taube Tennis Center.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.
Go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com or call (866) 982-8497 to secure your tickets today.
The list of past champions of the event 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.
ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first 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 $776,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST: Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $77.2 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 23 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 14th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World 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 grassroots 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 represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions.