After 21 years, the Connecticut Open is coming to an end.
A news release says the Connecticut Open is not viable without a Title Sponsor and the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut has made the decision to sell the Premier WTA sanction to APG and the tournament will take place in in September in Zhengzhou City, China.
The tournament will not take place in New Haven in August 2019 and beyond the TFC board is looking whether another WTA or professional tennis event can be drawn to the city at a more sustainable level.
“It has been an amazing 21-year run for women’s professional tennis in New Haven and we are truly grateful to all the fans, volunteers, players, media and sponsors involved,” Tournament Director Anne Worcester said in a statement. “While we remember our great champions, we are most proud of the benefits the tournament has brought to the local community. In particular we would like to thank the State of Connecticut, City of New Haven, Board of Alders, Yale University, Yale New Haven Health, WTA, USTA and USTA New England, all of whom have supported and contributed to the Connecticut Open for more than two decades. We have many memories to cherish both on and off the court.”
The WTA is looking at opportunities for new International-level events in the United States in the week before the US Open, one such event could begin as early as this year, with a second in 2020.
“The Connecticut Open has been one of the most beloved tournaments on the WTA Tour for 21 years,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. “We want to recognize and extend our appreciation to the Connecticut Open’s dedicated team and fanbase for their years of commitment and passion for women’s tennis.”