NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - The presenting sponsor for the newly named Connecticut Open will be United Technologies Corp.
The event will be held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University from August 15 to 23.
The tournament's new name is intended to broaden the event's overall appeal to fans and sponsors and appropriately reflect the State of Connecticut's investment. And adding United Technologies as the presenting sponsor gives the tournament a Fortune 50 global partner and continues to build on the reputation that the tournament has established during the past 16 years.
The event generates an estimated $26 million a year in regional economic activity, while also supporting a wide range of activities that build community pride and spirit.
"United Technologies is proud to support the Connecticut Open as its new presenting sponsor," said United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert. "Our partnership with the tournament, the State of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and the other corporate sponsors will ensure a world-class event and build on UTC's long history of supporting leading organizations in our community."
"With an economic impact of approximately $26 million annually, it goes without saying that this tournament is good for Connecticut," said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. "Each year, the tournament draws tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers from across the country, many of whom eat at local restaurants, stay at local hotels and shop at local businesses. UTC's decision to become the corporate sponsor of the Connecticut Open demonstrates the company's commitment to being a good neighbor and sharing our vision for making this state a more attractive place to visit, live, work, invest and do business."
On Monday, August 18, United Technologies will present Military Appreciation Night at the Connecticut Open, featuring a performance of the National Anthem, a Color Guard and special veteran recognition in the stadium. Active duty military personnel and veterans who purchase one ticket for the night will get a second ticket free.
In addition, United Technologies will partner with the tournament in fundraising for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, a cause proudly supported by United Technologies. Tournament competitors will ride an on-site spin bike to generate awareness and donations for Smilow's "Closer to Free" bike ride on September 6.
Daily tickets for the tournament are on sale here. Defending champion and World No.3 Simona Halep, 2012 champ Petra Kvitova, World No. 12 Eugenie Bouchard and four-time New Haven winner Caroline Wozniacki are among those expected to be in the field.