Memorable NHO Moments: Part 1

by Nicholas McCarvel

This week, with the New Haven Open at Yale just around the corner (qualifying starts Friday! Main draw Sunday!), we’re taking a look back at the storied history of the event with 10 moments to remember. Here, two unforgettable feats to kick us off.

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1998: Steffi Graf Wins First WTA New Haven Stop
Hello, world! In its inaugural year with a women’s tournament as part of the fold, the New Haven Open presented a formidable champion to the tennis legions, as Steffi Graf took a late wild card into the event and rolled through four straight matches to win the title. Graf had no easy time winning the title (though she didn’t drop a set in four matches), having to defeat the likes of Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport and Jana Novotna to win her 104th career title.

2001: Venus Williams def. Jennifer Capriati in Front of Record Crowd
They had claimed the first three majors of the 2001 season, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that a record crowd of over 11,000 flocked to the Connecticut Tennis Center to watch Americans Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati duke it out – in the semifinals. That they did, with Venus winning a hard-fought match 6-4, 7-6 (1) over Capriati, then beating Davenport in similar style in the final. Williams would go on to win her second of two U.S. Open titles two weeks later, beating Capriati – again – in the semis.

STAY TUNED: ‘Maria Mania’ and More in Our Next Post…

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