HAWAII OPEN PRESENTED BY THE HAWAI’I TOURISM AUTHORITY
Venue: Blaisdell Arena
– December 21-23, 2018 –
The Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority is a three-day professional tennis tournament held December 21-23, 2018, at the Blaisdell Arena in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. Now in its third year, the Hawaii Open tennis tournament began as a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 125K Series Event. Thanks to the strong support of the community in Hawaii and beyond, the tournament is now proud to include a men’s singles tournament for the first time in 2018. The Hawaii Open currently serves as an internationally televised invitational to kick off the 2019 tournament season, bringing together the Hawaii community and attracting fans from around the world to celebrate great tennis in downtown Honolulu.
This year, the tournament will include top-ranked tennis talent from the ATP and WTA tours, with six male and six female players including ATP World Tour No. 9 Kei Nishikori, ATP World Tour No. 18 Milos Raonic, rising star WTA World Tour No. 12 Elise Mertens, two-time Grand Slam champion and WTA World Tour No. 18 Garbiñe Muguruza, former Wimbledon finalist Genie Bouchard, and reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig.
Three rounds of single-elimination matches 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. Unique to the Hawaii Open, player coaches will be mic’ed up, seated on-court, and fully permitted to coach during matches. Match play begins Friday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m., with two men’s matches and two women’s matches. Saturday semifinals will also include two men’s matches and two women’s matches. Championship Sunday features women’s and men’s championship matches and championship trophy presentations.
Giving back to the Hawaii community is at the heart of the Hawaii Open. On Saturday night, the tournament will feature a separate charity session after tournament play to benefit the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Room to Read, of which Garbiñe Muguruza is an ambassador. Kei Nishikori, Garbiñe Muguruza, and other stars of the Hawaii Open will play in three doubles matches with special guests like Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and actor Daniel Dae Kim. The men’s and women’s champions of the 2018 Honolulu Homes Loans/Cross Court Night Doubles tournaments held at Kailua Racquet Club will also be matched against Hawaii Open doubles teams during the charity session. Ticket prices for the charity session will be $20. All proceeds from the session will go directly to the community.
Owned and operated by Ben and Kyla Goldsmith, the Hawaii Open showcases some of the world’s top tennis players for three days of high-energy match play. Passionate about tennis and community building, tournament Director Ben Goldsmith wanted to bring high-profile players to the beautiful island of Oahu. CEO and CFO Kyla Goldsmith strives to create an inclusive event for the local community that also attracts visitors from around the world to appreciate both the Hawaii Open and it’s incredible setting.
VIP experiences, daily tickets, and season passes are on sale now. We hope to see you at Blaisdell Arena this December!
About our presenting sponsor, the Hawaii Tourism Authority:
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is the state agency charged with managing tourism for the benefit of the Hawaiian Islands. Our purpose is always focused on supporting the tourism industry’s diversity of benefits to residents and addressing its impacts in communities statewide. Our responsibilities are complex, our expertise is board, our marketing reach is global, our commitment to strengthening communities is a constant, and our support of Hawaii’s people is never-ending. We annually provide funding to dozens of nonprofit programs to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, protect natural resources and preserve cherished community traditions.
Our primary responsibility is to ensure that Hawaii provide an experience that is unique and enriching, while valuing and perpetuating Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources and honoring its people and heritage.