#CTOpen15: Around The Grounds

August 21, 2014, New Haven, CT: Andy Roddick and James Blake pose for a photograph at net before playing each other during the Men's Legends Event on day seven of the 2014 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

By Nick McCarvel

The 2015 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is finally upon us, the tournament set to begin in full Friday with qualifying before main draw action starts Sunday. Here, a look at the things you just can’t miss over the nine days of world-class tennis set in New Haven.

Red, White and Fearless
Four American players are set to wow their fans at the Connecticut Open, including rising stars Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe and Alison Riske. They have all a shot to make a deep run in New Haven, each of the trio owning a single WTA singles title and looking for a second in the lead up to the US Open.

See Tennis’ Rising Stars
This has always been a tournament where fans can get a glimpse at the stars at their start, and 2015 is no different. Among the players to watch are Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Keys, Genie Bouchard and more. Over 12 of the top 30 players in the world are vying for the title this year.

The Seasoned ‘Veterans’
It’s hard to call them “veterans” since they’re all in their mid-20s, but that’s what Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Lucie Safarova and Agnieszka Radwanska are in this field, each of them Grand Slam finalists (and Kvitova a two-time Wimbledon champion) looking to add to their respective CVs.

A Taste of New Haven
Delectable local fare anchors the picnic area, as patrons have dozens of options to catch a bite and take in the scenery around the grounds. Stop by Spuds for a loaded baked potato, Naples Pizza for some fresh Neapolitan pies or Aaron May’s Lobster Shack for a signature lobster roll. Enjoy delicious Venezuelan cuisine at Valencia and make sure to have a tasty treat at Orangeside Donuts or Crepes Choupette.

50/50 Project
Want to come watch spectacular tennis and support a good cause simultaneously? Choose a session (there are only a couple that cannot be used for 50/50) and once purchased, half of your money will go to a non-profit of your choice – simple as that. Not sure who you want to donate to? There are SO MANY options on our website. Check them out here.


Military Appreciation Night
On Monday the 24th the Connecticut Open is proud to honor those who have served in or are currently serving in the U.S. military, holding a flag ceremony on court and inviting service members and their guests to enjoy the tennis from box seats.


Men’s Legends Nights
American men’s stars return to the Connecticut Open again this year as a part of the Men’s Legends Nights, Thursday and Friday, August 27 and 28. James Blake and Andy Roddick will do battle on night one before John McEnroe and Jim Courier take on one another under the lights on Friday. Both matches will be played after the respective 7pm WTA matches that night.

UConn Night
Fan of the Huskies? This night’s for your. Activities around the grounds for UConn alumni and fans alike, and a special appearance from a man you might all recognize, Geno Auriemma.

Meet the Players – Everyday!
The Connecticut Open lets you get as close to the tennis players as any other event in the world (and perhaps even closer). Throughout the week there are players appearances around the grounds, including autograph sessions, meet and greets and more. Pay attention each day to announcements, posted signs and more around the grounds for the chance to not only see your heroes up close, but meet them, too.

World-Class Tennis
You’re here for the tennis too, right? From qualifying matches on the outer courts to Stadium Court featured night matches under the lights, it’s impossible to go wrong with your Connecticut Open experience. Come for the tennis and enjoy the tennis – even with all the added extras around it.

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