2018 Hawaii Open to include top-ranked ATP and WTA players including Japan’s Kei Nishikori and two-time Glam Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza.
Aloha! You may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet during the first half of 2018. Here at the Hawaii Open, we’ve been busy making major changes, including moving our tournament from C.O.R.P. to downtown Honolulu, and adding ATP tennis players to our draw. It’s always been a dream of ours to incorporate men and women into one event, and we are pleased to announce that dream is coming to realization.
So here’s your update to follow, and we hope you’ll join us in December for a fantastic event unlike no other seen in Hawaii before.
Aloha! The Hawaii Open is a three-day professional tennis tournament held December 21-23, 2018, at the Blaisdell Arena in beautiful Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.
The tournament will include top-ranked talent from the ATP and WTA with six male and six female players for 12 players total. The tournament will feature three rounds of single-elimination match play on three separate days. The best two-out-of-three sets will be played. The possible third set will be played as a tie break with the first to 10 points the winner.
Among the men’s side of the draw is U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori, who holds the record for the only Japanese male player to be ranked inside the top 5 on the ATP tour. Other confirmed players include Jared Donaldson, Ryan Harrison, Mackenzie McDonald, and Michael Mmoh.
We are excited to announce that former world No. 1 and current world No. 7 Garbiñe Muguruza is confirmed to play. 2016 Hawaii Open WTA 125k champion CiCi Bellis will be returning to Hawaii this December. Also among the women’s draw are Americans CoCo Vandeweghe, Christina McHale, Kayla Day, and Canada’s darling Genie Bouchard.
One male player is yet to be determined and is expected to be confirmed this summer.
Match play begins Friday, December 23, with two men’s matches and two women’s matches. Saturday semifinals will also include two men’s matches and two women’s matches.
Saturday night will include a separate charity session after tournament match play to benefit Hawaii Volcano disaster relief charities. All tickets are only $20 on a “first-come, first served” basis. Kei Nishikori, Garbine Muguruza, and other stars of the Hawaii Open will play an exhibition match with celebrities and local politicians. Advanced purchase is strongly encouraged to ensure premium seating.
Championship Sunday will include a third-place men’s match, followed by the women’s and men’s championship matches and championship trophy presentations.
VIP experiences are currently on sale. Daily tickets and season passes will go on sale August 24th. We hope to see you there!