This just released by the New Haven Open at Yale:
Defending Champion and World No. 8 Petra Kvitova and World No. 14 Marion Bartoli have committed to play the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale on August 16-24, 2013 at the Connecticut Tennis Center, it was announced today by Tournament Director Anne Worcester. Kvitova and Bartoli join World No. 6 Angelique Kerber and World No. 7 Sara Errani as players who have committed to play in the 2013 New Haven Open.
Kvitova stormed to the 2012 New Haven Open title without dropping a set, dispatching four top-20 players en route. Her win in New Haven also sealed her place as champion of the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series, which reflects the results of nine summer tournaments leading up to the US Open. Along with her teammates from the Czech Republic, she closed out 2012 by successfully defending the Fed Cup title in November. Kvitova has amassed a 14-2 record in the team competition in the last three years. Prior to her success in 2012, she won Wimbledon and the year-end WTA Championships in 2011, earning her “Player of the Year” accolades and catapulting her to a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world. In February of this year, Kvitova won her 10th WTA title, defeating Errani in the final of the Premier tournament in Dubai.
Bartoli will be making her tenth appearance at the New Haven Open, where she has reached the quarterfinals six times. The Frenchwoman has seven career WTA singles titles and has reached the quarterfinals or better at each of the four Grand Slams, including last year at the US Open. She reached the semifinals in Beijing last fall, and this year she has reached the quarterfinals of Shenzhen, Paris and Dubai.
“Welcoming back defending champion Petra Kvitova and six-time quarterfinalist Marion Bartoli gives the New Haven Open three of the top eight and four of the top 15 players in the world earlier than ever before,” said Worcester. “This speaks to the depth and competition of the player field and, combined with all the fan friendly enhancements being introduced this year, just how focused we are on delivering incredible fan entertainment both on and off the court.”
This year, fans will be closer to the action than ever before, as the New Haven Open consolidates all seating into the Box Ring of the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. This enhanced proximity to the players and on-court action as well as increased in-stadium entertainment is available starting at just $24. Tickets for the 2013 tournament are on sale now, so fans will want to buy early to secure their seats in this new, enhanced format.
For more information and to secure tickets to the 2013 tournament, log on to www.newhavenopen.com or call the New Haven Open Box Office at 855-464-8366. Also, make sure to join the New Haven Open on Facebook & Twitter for tournament updates, contests and more.