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.

Date: 4/2/2004


A 30th anniversary is cause for celebration at any event and this year's Family Circle Cup was record setting in many ways.  With $1.3 million dollars and title of Family Circle Cup champion at stake, fifty-six players started the week with only one goal in mind, to be standing on stadium court at the end holding high one of the most coveted trophies in women's tennis.

Date: 4/3/2004


History was made in 2002 when former French Open champion Iva Majoli walked away with the coveted Family Circle Cup trophy.  Majoli became the lowest ranked player and the first unseeded player to win a Tier I event in the history of women’s tennis.  It was her first singles title since the 1997 French Open.  The match was also the first top tier women's final featuring two unseeded players, with Majoli ranked 58th in the world and Schnyder 30th.

Date: 4/4/2004


Jennifer Capriati had a remarkable year in 2001 winning two Grand Slam titles and her first Family Circle Cup singles title. In 1990 she played in her first Cup final against Martina Navratilova at the age of 14. Eleven years later she was older and wiser and this Family Circle Cup title was not going to get away from her.

Date: 4/5/2004


Mary Pierce made her professional debut at the Family Circle Cup in 1989 and remembers the experience well. In 2000 she played a former Family Circle Cup champion in the final Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. The championship match only lasted 57 minutes and on the way to the final she lost only 12 games.

Date: 4/6/2004

Click to view a list of all the Family Circle Cup past champions.

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