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Upcoming Tournaments

Yinzhou Bank International Women's Tennis Open

Yinzhou Bank International Women...

Ningbo, CHINA
Oct 27 - Nov 02
Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions

Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of C...

Sofia, BULGARIA
Oct 28 - Nov 02
OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open

OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open

Taipei, CHINESE TAIPEI
Nov 03 - Nov 09
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Open GDF Suez De Limoges - Limog...

Limoges, FRANCE
Nov 03 - Nov 09
Brisbane International

Brisbane International

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen, CHINA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
Family Circle Cup

Family Circle Cup

Charleston, USA
Mar 31 - Apr 06

Tournament Info

Tier: Premier
Prize Money: $710,000
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
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
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  • Petkovic On The Original 9

    April 17, 2014
    While at the Family Circle Cup a couple of weeks ago, Andrea Petkovic talked about how the Original 9 benefitt...
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  • Petkovic On The Original 9

    April 17, 2014
    While at the Family Circle Cup a couple of weeks ago, Andrea Petkovic talked about how the Original 9 benefitted her generation.
  • Quotable Quotes: Jelena Jankovic

    April 09, 2014
    Make-up, lip gloss, the Pink Panther - Jelena Jankovic kept the laughs coming in the press room at the Family Circle Cup this year. Here are all of her best quotes.
  • Quotable Quotes: Andrea Petkovic

    April 08, 2014
    Cowboy boots, unicorns, RoboCop - yes, RoboCop - Andrea Petkovic lit up the press room in Charleston this year. Take a look back at her Top 8 quotes here.
  • WTA Diary: Petko's Back

    April 08, 2014
    Catch up on all the WTA news from the past seven days, including Andrea Petkovic's return to winning ways - and the dance floor.
  • Petkovic Conquers Charleston

    April 06, 2014
    Years of injuries may have held her back, but they haven't kept her down, not one bit - Andrea Petkovic came full circle at the Family Circle Cup this year.
  • Twitter Reaction: Andrea Petkovic

    April 06, 2014
    From current players to WTA legends, there was a lot of buzz on Twitter after Andrea Petkovic's popular win at the Family Circle Cup on Sunday - see some of the congratulations messages here.
  • Medina & Shvedova Crowned In Charleston

    April 06, 2014
    Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova beat the Chan sisters on Sunday at the Family Circle Cup to capture their third WTA title.
  • Petkovic Upsets Bouchard In Charleston

    April 05, 2014
    Andrea Petkovic rallied from a first set blowout to beat Eugenie Bouchard in a semifinal thriller at the Family Circle Cup. Jana Cepelova awaits her in the final.
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  • 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.
  • Charleston Gallery: Finals Day

    April 06, 2014
    From Andrea Petkovic and Jana Cepelova's dream runs to doubles final action, check out some of the best pics from Finals Day at the Family Circle Cup here.
  • Charleston Gallery: Family Circle Moments

    April 05, 2014
    Ajla Tomljanovic is just one of the WTA stars who've had special moments with fans at the Family Circle Cup this year. See more pics from Charleston here.
  • Charleston Gallery: Charleston's Angels

    April 04, 2014
    Candy, popcorn, music, cute little doggies and these three independent women - the Family Circle Cup player party was a blast, check out all the best pics here!
  • Charleston Gallery: Lauren & The Base

    April 03, 2014
    Lauren Davis made a very special visit to Joint Base Charleston, touring a large military aircraft and meeting the military personnel - see all the best pics here!
  • Charleston Gallery: Stars In Their Eyes

    April 02, 2014
    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.
  • Charleston Gallery: Tennis On The Dock

    April 01, 2014
    Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys took part in a very special event at Charleston Harbor this week - Tennis On The Dock. See pics from that and more right here!
  • Charleston Gallery: The Last Batch

    April 19, 2013
    The Family Circle Cup has the distinction of being the only WTA tournament on green clay - see a few more shots of the unique surface and other things in the last batch of pics from the event.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
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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