HAWAII OPEN PRESENTED BY WARD VILLAGE AND HAWAI’I TOURISM
Location: Stan Sheriff Center
– December 26-28, 2019 –
The Hawaii Open presented by Ward Village and Hawaii Tourism is a three-day professional tennis tournament held December 26-28, 2019, at the Stan Sheriff Center 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 2019 Hawaii Open features three rounds of single-elimination matches played over three days in a best two-out-of-three set format. Third sets are played as a tie break with the first to 10 points declared the winner. Unique to the Hawaii Open, player coaches are mic’ed up, seated on-court, and fully permitted to coach during matches.
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.)
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 sponsors, Ward Village and Hawai’i Tourism:
About Ward Village®
Being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Ward Village is a 60-acre coastal master planned community in the heart of Honolulu, located between downtown and Waikīkī in the Kaka’ako district. Honoring the distinct history of its land, Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development, integrating significant architecture, local culture and public space. New tree-lined sidewalks and bike lanes provide access to an over 100-acre public beach park, as well as the recently revitalized Kewalo Harbor. At full build-out, the development will include approximately one million square feet of unique retail experiences and thousands of homes in the community named “Master Planned Community of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders and “Best Planned Community in the United States” by Architectural Digest.
Resulting from strong demand for new housing in Honolulu and the desire for an urban walkable lifestyle, Ward Village is quickly approaching the sellout of its first four mixed-use residential towers delivered —Waiea®, Anaha®, Ae‘o®, and Ke Kilohana®—which are transforming the popular shopping and dining district into a vibrant neighborhood that offers ocean views and a thoughtfully curated mix of retail and lifestyle experiences, including its newly opened outdoor gathering place, Victoria Ward Park. Recent towers in development or under construction include A‘ali‘i, Kō‘ula and most recently announced, Victoria Place.
Art and culture play an integral role at Ward Village, with public art highlighted throughout the neighborhood, including large-scale wall murals, sculptures and locally inspired exhibits. As a destination for art and culture, Ward Village continues to serve as the founding and co-title sponsor of the Honolulu Biennial.
As the first-ever LEED‐ND Platinum certified master plan development in the country and the only one in Hawai‘i, Ward Village is at the forefront of sustainable community development and will feature public amenities at a scale not offered by any other urban development in the state. For more information, visit www.wardvillage.com.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned cities and communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: the Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative placemaking, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.
About Hawai‘i Tourism
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is the State of Hawai‘i agency responsible for strategically managing its support of the tourism industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai‘i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure tourism’s sustainability and the benefits it brings to residents and communities statewide.
For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.