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Apr 30 - May 07
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Strasbourg, FRANCE
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May 15 - May 21
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Paris, FRANCE
May 22 - Jun 05
Bol Open

Bol Open

Bol, CROATIA
May 31 - Jun 05
Volvo Car Open

Volvo Car Open

Charleston, USA
Apr 04 - Apr 10

Tournament Info

Tier: Premier
Prize Money: $687,900
Surface: Clay
Director: Bob Moran
The Family Circle Cup has a rich history on green clay that dates back to 1973, the year all of women's professional tennis was united in becoming the WTA. It is the largest women's-only tournament in the world, and Family Circle magazine is the longest running title sponsor in men's or women's pro tennis.

At its maiden staging in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Family Circle Cup was the first women's tennis event to offer $100,000 in prize money and the first to be broadcast on network TV. It moved to Amelia Island, Florida, in 1975, back to Hilton Head in 1977 and settled in its current home of Charleston in 2001.

The Family Circle Cup's list of champions reads like a roster of all-time greats, with names such as Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati, four-time winner Steffi Graf, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Conchita Martínez, four-time champ Martina Navratilova, Gabriela Sabatini, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, three-time titlist Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Chris Evert was the most dominant, collecting a tournament-record eight titles.

The Original 9, the nine players who signed $1 contracts with World Tennis publications publisher Gladys Heldman in 1970 to compete in what would become the Virginia Slims Series, reunited at the Family Circle Cup's 40th anniversary in April 2012. One of them, Billie Jean King, had the stadium court named after her.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2016 Sloane Stephens Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic
2015 Angelique Kerber Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
2014 Andrea Petkovic Anabel Medina Garrigues / Yaroslava Shvedova
2013 Serena Williams Lucie Safarova / Kristina Mladenovic
2012 Serena Williams Lucie Safarova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Sania Mirza / Elena Vesnina
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  • Vote: April's Player Of The Month

    May 03, 2016
    Cast your vote now for April's WTA Player of the Month - Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens, or Laura Siegemund?
  • Vote: April's WTA Shot Of The Month

    May 01, 2016
    Sara Errani, Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Laura Siegemund, Monica Niculescu - who will win April's WTA Shot Of The Month? It's up to you - vote now!
  • Vote Now: Who Was April's Best Dressed?

    April 29, 2016
    April ladies' tennis fashion: whose styles stood out in Charleston, Stuttgart, and Istanbul? Vote here on wtatennis.com!
  • USANA & The WTA's Charleston Aces

    April 13, 2016
    Every time a WTA player hits an ace, they raise money for an amazing cause - and it's doubled for USANA Ambassadors. Which young American hit the most in Charleston?
  • Ranking Watch: Sloane Ranger

    April 12, 2016
    Sloane Stephens is finally starting to deliver on her boundless potential, a title run in Charleston setting up a possible clay court run towards the Top 10.
  • Champions' Corner: Charleston Champs

    April 11, 2016
    WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Singles winner Sloane Stephens and doubles titlists Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic all gave their thoughts on a successful week in Charleston.
  • Team Bucie Go Big On Film

    April 11, 2016
    Reunited at the Miami Open, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova finished second at the Volvo Car Open but still had fun making another viral video with coach Rob Steckley.
  • Notes & Netcords: April 11, 2016

    April 11, 2016
    Sloane Stephens drove away with her third title of the year at Charleston, but who had the biggest ranking jump of the week? Find out on wtatennis.com...
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  • Riske Visits Joint Base Charleston

    April 07, 2016
    Before the start of play at the Volvo Car Open, Alison Riske visited the Joint Base Charleston. See the best pictures, right here!
  • Kerber & Petkovic's Iconic Photoshoot

    April 06, 2016
    Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber, a pair of former Volvo Car Open champions, traded the green clay for the sand at Charleston's Iconic Photoshoot.
  • Charleston: Aquatic Adventure

    April 04, 2016
    The WTA hit the South Carolina Aquarium for the Volvo Car Open player party - who had the best moves under the sea? See for yourself…
  • The Week Sania Mirza Became No.1

    April 13, 2015
    Take a look back at the week that led up to Sania Mirza becoming the first Indian woman ever to reach No.1 in tennis - check out a dozen of the best images right here.
  • McHale Visits Joint Base Charleston

    April 08, 2015
    WTA Rising Star Christina McHale visited Joint Base Charleston, touring a military aircraft and meeting navy and air force personnel - see all of the coolest pics right here.
  • 22 Great Party Looks From Charleston

    April 06, 2015
    Lollipops, bunny ears, kings, queens, Batman, a scary pirate... check out 22 of the best looks from a star-studded - and wacky - player party at the Family Circle Cup!
  • Easter Eggs & Aircraft Carriers

    April 05, 2015
    From tennis on an aircraft carrier to Kids Day and Easter Egg hunts, it's already been baskets of fun at the Family Circle Cup. See a dozen of the best pics right here.
  • Charleston Gallery: A Little Bit More

    April 08, 2014
    The Family Circle Cup may have wrapped up, but there were still a few more great pics to share from the Premier-level event - see 15 of the best extras right here.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2016 Sloane Stephens Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic
2015 Angelique Kerber Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
2014 Andrea Petkovic Anabel Medina Garrigues / Yaroslava Shvedova
2013 Serena Williams Lucie Safarova / Kristina Mladenovic
2012 Serena Williams Lucie Safarova / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Sania Mirza / Elena Vesnina
2010 Samantha Stosur Liezel Huber / Nadia Petrova
2009 Sabine Lisicki Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Nadia Petrova
2008 Serena Williams Ai Sugiyama / Katarina Srebotnik
2007 Jelena Jankovic Zi Yan / Jie Zheng
2006 Nadia Petrova Lisa Raymond / Samantha Stosur
2005 Justine Henin Conchita Martínez / Virginia Ruano Pascual
2004 Venus Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2003 Justine Henin Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2002 Iva Majoli Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs
2001 Jennifer Capriati Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs
2000 Mary Pierce Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
1999 Martina Hingis Elena Likhovtseva / Jana Novotna
1998 Amanda Coetzer Conchita Martínez / Patricia Tarabini
1997 Martina Hingis Mary Joe Fernandez / Martina Hingis
1996 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Jana Novotna / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1995 Conchita Martínez Nicole Arendt / Manon Bollegraf
1994 Conchita Martínez Lori McNeil / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1993 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1992 Gabriela Sabatini Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario / Natasha Zvereva
1991 Gabriela Sabatini Claudia Kohde-Kilsch / Natasha Zvereva
1990 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1989 Steffi Graf Hana Mandlikova / Martina Navratilova
1988 Martina Navratilova Lori McNeil / Martina Navratilova
1987 Steffi Graf Mercedes Paz / Eva Pfaff
1986 Steffi Graf Chris Evert / Anne White
1985 Chris Evert Rosalyn Nideffer / Pam Shriver
1984 Chris Evert Claudia Kohde-Kilsch / Hana Mandlikova
1983 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Candy Reynolds
1982 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1981 Chris Evert
1980 Tracy Austin
1979 Tracy Austin
1977 Chris Evert
1975 Chris Evert
1973 Rosie Casals
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