A Celebration of Tradition
Every great woman tennis player was once a young girl who dreamed of becoming the top ranked player in the world and winning major tennis tournaments. In 1973, only one magazine had the vision to transform its belief in the power of young girls' dreams into major support of women athletes- Family Circle. Family Circle took the lead and became the first women's magazine to fully underwrite a professional sporting event.
When the Family Circle Cup made its debut on the women's tour in 1973, the tournament made headlines in the sports world by offering the first $100,000 in prize money and the first to be televised on a national network. For over three decades, this event has attracted worldwide attention and the tournament's parade of champions includes some of the greatest players in the history of women's tennis.
In 2003, the Family Circle Cup achieved a milestone in women's professional tennis by celebrating its 30th anniversary. As one of the longest running events in women's tennis, the Family Circle Cup is truly one of the sport's signature events. It is an event that has maintained the same charm, ambiance and tradition that has made this tournament one of a kind.
Every April in Charleston a new champion takes center stage and new stars emerge to help carry the torch.