Venus Williams to Highlight Family Circle Cup 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

March 27, 2008 01:29 PM

The Family Circle Cup’s 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration, scheduled to begin at 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 15th, will present an action-packed evening of activities including the formal introduction of the star-studded player field by legendary tennis commentator Bud Collins and a first-ever fireworks display at the Cup. Highlighting this entertaining night under the stars, six-time Grand Slam winner and 2004 Family Circle Cup Champion Venus Williams is officially scheduled to play in the feature match of the evening. The Family Circle Cup, America’s oldest Tier I clay court event, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary April 12 - 20, 2008 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

The tournament’s opening night session on Tuesday is billed as “Girls Night Out presented by The Post & Courier” which features a half price ticket for all women attending the session. Prior to match play, the Family Circle Cup’s 35th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration will be emceed by famed commentator Bud Collins, who will welcome the entire 2008 player field onto Family Circle Magazine Stadium court to greet fans in a special ceremony. Following the player introductions, a commemorative video will create a memorable look back at the many incredible Family Circle Cup moments etched in history. Collins will emcee this unique evening that will feature a variety of special activities including a performance from the Burke High School marching band, and presentation of colors by The Citadel Color Guard in a special military salute recognizing the men and women who valiantly defend our great country. To cap off a perfect night of world class tennis, Family Circle Cup will host their first ever fireworks display that will entertain and amaze fans of all ages. Fans are encouraged to be seated in Family Circle Magazine Stadium promptly at 6:00pm.

On the court there is no doubt that Venus Williams is one of the most talented athletes of the women’s pro tour. With six Grand Slam singles championships and 36 WTA Tour singles titles she has already secured her place in tennis history. Her talents also extend beyond the court and have included projects in interior design as well as developing her own clothing line. In August of 2007, Venus debuted her exclusive signature collection EleVen at the US Open. EleVen is offered exclusively at Steve and Barry’s. To add another special element to the opening celebration, Steve & Barry will be holding an in store sweepstakes contest prior to the tournament where one lucky fan will receive 4 Box Seats to the 35th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off event. To enter the Steve & Barry’s / Family Circle Cup Sweepstakes, visit participating Steve & Barry’s retail locations throughout South Carolina including Festival Centre in North Charleston, Sumter, Columbia Place in Columbia, and Inlet Square Mall in Murrell’s Inlet. See stores for complete rules and regulations.

“Venus is superstar athlete, an exciting clothing designer, and she has a huge fan base here in Charleston, so it’s fitting that we showcase the talents of this former Family Circle Cup champion at our 35th Anniversary Kick-Off event,” said Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “The excitement has been building around this special evening, and with the help of Steve & Barry’s, one lucky fan will win an unforgettable night of tennis.”

Family Circle Cup 35th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster on-line at, charge-by-phone at (843) 554-6060 or at local Publix outlets in the Charleston area. Multi-session ticket packages are available at

The 2008 Family Circle Cup will be held April 12th - 20th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts lighted for night play, a racquet club featuring a full service Pro Shop, and locker room facilities. For more information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center, call (843) 856-7900 or visit