HTA, WTA announce inaugural Hawaii Open

HTA, WTA announce inaugural Hawaii Open

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The world's premiere women's tennis association is adding an event in Hawaii to its annual calendar.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority and Women's Tennis Association on Thursday revealed The Hawaii Open, scheduled to be held at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park between November 21 and 27, 2016.

Organizers say the Hawaii Open will be played on the facility's outdoor hard court and include a 32-player singles draw, as well as an eight-team doubles draw. The tournament's arrival in Hawaii, officials say, is directly related to the success of the Fed Cup event on Hawaii Island earlier this year.

"It was just recently that we had the FedCup here. We had Poland vs. the U.S., and the crowds were phenomenal on the Big Island," said George Szigeti, president and chief executive of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. "The owner of this tournament was watching on TV and saw the enthusiasm about the people of Hawaii filling the stadium and said, 'I've got to bring this to Hawaii.' And that kind of started the ball rolling."

Officials also hope the tournament's calendar placement, during the week of Thanksgiving, provides an opportunity for both local families and holiday visitors to check out the action.

"I think it's great for local kids, it's going to be Thanksgiving, so they'll be off," said Szigeti. "It's for our local kids, our local high school players, our local college players, we want them all there. We're expecting 40,000 people to come through that week."

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