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Charleston Gallery: A Little Bit Closer...

From luncheons to autograph sessions and signed balls being hit into the stands, the fans at the Family Circle Cup have been getting a little bit closer to the WTA stars this year.

Published April 04, 2013 12:00

The Family Circle Cup is known for its charming atmosphere, and fan-friendly atmosphere too.
The Family Circle Cup is known for its charming atmosphere, and fan-friendly atmosphere too.
From luncheons to autograph sessions, the fans have been getting to know the WTA stars better.
From luncheons to autograph sessions, the fans have been getting to know the WTA stars better.
Former World No.1 doubles player Liezel Huber at a luncheon, posing with some of her fans.
Former World No.1 doubles player Liezel Huber at a luncheon, posing with some of her fans.
Another former World No.1 doubles player - Venus Williams - also met fans at a doubles luncheon.
Another former World No.1 doubles player - Venus Williams - also met fans at a doubles luncheon.
And then the classic autograph session - Melanie Oudin was among those taking part this year.
And then the classic autograph session - Melanie Oudin was among those taking part this year.
Another young American, Madison Keys, signed autographs and posed for pictures with some fans.
Another young American, Madison Keys, signed autographs and posed for pictures with some fans.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, who won her first WTA title at Memphis this year, signed for fans.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, who won her first WTA title at Memphis this year, signed for fans.
Some fans can get autographs straight after a match - including World No.1 Serena Williams' match.
Some fans can get autographs straight after a match - including World No.1 Serena Williams' match.
Sam Stosur, a Grand Slam champion and former World No.4, also signed for fans after her opener.
Sam Stosur, a Grand Slam champion and former World No.4, also signed for fans after her opener.
And for those people who are looking for an autograph but aren't close enough to the court...
And for those people who are looking for an autograph but aren't close enough to the court...
After winning matches on Billie Jean King court, players hit signed tennis balls into the stands.
After winning matches on Billie Jean King court, players hit signed tennis balls into the stands.
American Varvara Lepchenko did just that after her first round win against Christina McHale.
American Varvara Lepchenko did just that after her first round win against Christina McHale.
Fans can get to know their favorite players a little better with their on-court interviews, too.
Fans can get to know their favorite players a little better with their on-court interviews, too.
Lucie Safarova and American rising star Jamie Hampton were on stage for the official draw ceremony.
Lucie Safarova and American rising star Jamie Hampton were on stage for the official draw ceremony.
Some players take time out to explore the grounds too - like Chan Hao-Ching and Kristina Mladenovic.
Some players take time out to explore the grounds too - like Chan Hao-Ching and Kristina Mladenovic.
  • The Family Circle Cup is known for its charming atmosphere, and fan-friendly atmosphere too.
  • From luncheons to autograph sessions, the fans have been getting to know the WTA stars better.
  • Former World No.1 doubles player Liezel Huber at a luncheon, posing with some of her fans.
  • Another former World No.1 doubles player - Venus Williams - also met fans at a doubles luncheon.
  • And then the classic autograph session - Melanie Oudin was among those taking part this year.
  • Another young American, Madison Keys, signed autographs and posed for pictures with some fans.
  • New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, who won her first WTA title at Memphis this year, signed for fans.
  • Some fans can get autographs straight after a match - including World No.1 Serena Williams' match.
  • Sam Stosur, a Grand Slam champion and former World No.4, also signed for fans after her opener.
  • And for those people who are looking for an autograph but aren't close enough to the court...
  • After winning matches on Billie Jean King court, players hit signed tennis balls into the stands.
  • American Varvara Lepchenko did just that after her first round win against Christina McHale.
  • Fans can get to know their favorite players a little better with their on-court interviews, too.
  • Lucie Safarova and American rising star Jamie Hampton were on stage for the official draw ceremony.
  • Some players take time out to explore the grounds too - like Chan Hao-Ching and Kristina Mladenovic.
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