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Charleston Gallery: Stars In Their Eyes

Autographs, photos, signed tennis balls - the fans at the Family Circle Cup, including this Empress Of Soul, have been getting closer to the WTA stars all week.

Published April 02, 2014 12:10

Every year, fans of all ages come to the Family Circle Tennis Center for Premier-level WTA action.
Every year, fans of all ages come to the Family Circle Tennis Center for Premier-level WTA action.
From the grounds...
From the grounds...
To Family Circle Stadium...
To Family Circle Stadium...
And all the promotions around it...
And all the promotions around it...
Fans have all kinds of fun things to keep busy with in between matches at the Family Circle Cup.
Fans have all kinds of fun things to keep busy with in between matches at the Family Circle Cup.
And sometimes they can catch the WTA stars around their practices or matches for photos and selfies.
And sometimes they can catch the WTA stars around their practices or matches for photos and selfies.
Or a tennis fan's ultimate souvenir - the autograph.
Or a tennis fan's ultimate souvenir - the autograph.
Paula Ormaechea, Argentina's No.1 - and South America's No.1 - was among the autograph signers.
Paula Ormaechea, Argentina's No.1 - and South America's No.1 - was among the autograph signers.
As was Lauren Davis, one of America's brightest young stars on the verge of cracking the Top 50.
As was Lauren Davis, one of America's brightest young stars on the verge of cracking the Top 50.
Christina McHale, another American rising star, has been ranked as high as No.24 in the world.
Christina McHale, another American rising star, has been ranked as high as No.24 in the world.
Yaroslava Shvedova is a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist - and two-time Grand Slam doubles winner.
Yaroslava Shvedova is a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist - and two-time Grand Slam doubles winner.
With so many autographs, these fans certainly know what they're doing...
With so many autographs, these fans certainly know what they're doing...
As do these fans, who got the ultimate souvenir with Daniela Hantuchova, a former Top 5 player.
As do these fans, who got the ultimate souvenir with Daniela Hantuchova, a former Top 5 player.
American music legend Gladys Knight, the Empress Of Soul, was a fan for a day on Tuesday too.
American music legend Gladys Knight, the Empress Of Soul, was a fan for a day on Tuesday too.
Venus Williams signed a tennis ball and hit it in the stands in her direction - and Knight caught it.
Venus Williams signed a tennis ball and hit it in the stands in her direction - and Knight caught it.
  • Every year, fans of all ages come to the Family Circle Tennis Center for Premier-level WTA action.
  • From the grounds...
  • To Family Circle Stadium...
  • And all the promotions around it...
  • Fans have all kinds of fun things to keep busy with in between matches at the Family Circle Cup.
  • And sometimes they can catch the WTA stars around their practices or matches for photos and selfies.
  • Or a tennis fan's ultimate souvenir - the autograph.
  • Paula Ormaechea, Argentina's No.1 - and South America's No.1 - was among the autograph signers.
  • As was Lauren Davis, one of America's brightest young stars on the verge of cracking the Top 50.
  • Christina McHale, another American rising star, has been ranked as high as No.24 in the world.
  • Yaroslava Shvedova is a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist - and two-time Grand Slam doubles winner.
  • With so many autographs, these fans certainly know what they're doing...
  • As do these fans, who got the ultimate souvenir with Daniela Hantuchova, a former Top 5 player.
  • American music legend Gladys Knight, the Empress Of Soul, was a fan for a day on Tuesday too.
  • Venus Williams signed a tennis ball and hit it in the stands in her direction - and Knight caught it.
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