HAWAII OPEN PRESENTED BY THE HAWAI’I TOURISM AUTHORITY
Venue: Blaisdell Arena
– December 20-22, 2019 –
The Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority is a three-day professional tennis tournament held December 20-22, 2019, at the Blaisdell Arena in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. Now in its fourth 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 was 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 new tennis season, bringing together the Hawaii community and attracting fans from around the world to celebrate great tennis in downtown Honolulu.
The 2018 Hawaii Open tennis tournament featured 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. (Rankings current as of December 2018.)
The 2018 Hawaii Open featured three rounds of single-elimination matches played over three days in a best two-out-of-three set format. Third sets were played as a tie break with the first to 10 points declared the winner. Unique to the Hawaii Open, player coaches were mic’ed up, seated on-court, and fully permitted to coach during matches.
Giving back to the Hawaii community is at the heart of the Hawaii Open. The tournament was proud to host a Charity Session to benefit the Hawaii Community Foundation in support of those families affected by the volcano eruption on the Island of Hawaii. Participants included Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim, and LPGA player Michelle Wie as well as Hawaii Open players including Kei Nishikori, Garbine Muguruza, Genie Bouchard, Monica Puig, Milos Raonic, Ryan Harrison, CoCo Vandeweghe, and more. The men’s and women’s champions of the 2018 Honolulu Homes Loans/Cross Court Night Doubles tournaments held at Kailua Racquet Club were able to test their skills against some of the best tennis players in the world. Ticket prices for the charity session were only $20 and all proceeds from the session went to the Hawaii community. The event raised $10,000 to benefit the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund.
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.
About our presenting sponsor, the Hawai’i Tourism Authority:
The Hawai’i 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.