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Tennis and Festival of Activities Hits New Haven’s Connecticut Open

It’s time for summer action at one of Connecticut’s sporting events, the Connecticut Open. World No. 6 Caroline Garcia joins two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2018 Wimbledon semifinalist Julia Goerges and a host of outstanding Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) talent in a world-class player field at the 2018 Connecticut Open. The US Open Series event takes place August 17-25, held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

Hall of Fame inductee Lindsay Davenport will take part in a fan-friendly doubles exhibition following the Yale opening ceremony and WTA singles match that night. Back by popular demand is the Invesco QQQ Series, where legend Tommy Haas will join James Blake, John McEnroe and Todd Martin. On August 23, following the women’s quarterfinal, Invesco Legends newcomer Haas will play Blake in a clash of Tournament Directors, while McEnroe will play Martin on August 24 after the women’s semi-final. The winners of each matchup will compete in a final on Friday night.

The tournament features an exciting and entertaining festival of activities for adults and kids that includes the Aetna FitZone, live music performances, local food trucks, kids’ activities, and more. The tournament is honoring military members and veterans with a special Military Appreciation Day on August 25. Other events include ShopRite Kids Day on August 19, Opening Night Ceremony presented by Yale University on August 20, and Courtgirls & Cocktails on August 21.

More than 30 craft breweries from across the state will be featured at the inaugural Beer Fest at the Connecticut Open on August 25. The tournament is partnering with the Connecticut Brewers Guild. A portion of each ticket sold will go to breast cancer research at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health.

For tickets, information and a complete schedule of events, call 855-464-8366 or visit CTOpen.org. See ad, page 7.

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