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Kvitova has won the Connecticut Open three times while both Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams have won it four times apiece. Other past champions include Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Steffi Graf.

The participants in this year’s tournament are not yet known. The WTA schedule is such that players typically don’t commit to a tournament until the cutoff date, which for the Connecticut Open is not until July after the conclusion of Wimbledon.

The main draw of the tournament this year begins on Sunday, Aug. 19, with one session of play beginning at 11 a.m. The rest of the week leading up to the final, there are two daily sessions, one beginning typically between 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. depending up the day, and one beginning at 7 p.m.

The quarterfinals are held on Aug. 23 with the semifinals on Aug. 24 and the finals for singles and doubles on Saturday, Aug. 25. Saturday’s championship round will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the doubles final to be followed at 3 p.m. with the singles final.

2018 CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UTC

WHAT: Women’s tennis WTA professional event, part of the U.S. Open Series
WHEN: Aug. 17-25
WHERE: Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven
ATTENDANCE: Last year’s was 50,599 marking the third consecutive year of 50,000 or more. In 2016, the tournament drew 51,725, which was a slight decrease from the 51,946 the tournament drew in 2015. The tourney drew 47,140 in 2014, 45,769 in 2013, 53,004 in 2012 and 55,544 in 2011.

LAST YEAR’S CHAMPION: Daria Gavrilova. Past champions include Aga Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Stefi Graf.

TOURNAMENT FIELD: 32-player singles main draw (Sunday-Saturday); 48-player single qualifying draw (Friday- Saturday); 16-player doubles main draw (Sunday-Saturday).

TOP 25 PLAYERS IN THE 2017 FIELD: No. 10 Aga Radwanska, No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 13 Petra Kvitova, No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic, No. 18 Elena Vesnina, No. 20 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 23 Barbora Strycova, No. 25 Shuai Peng. (The field for the 2018 tournament will not be announced until the week after Wimbledon in late July).

MEN’S LEGENDS EVENT: For the fifth year in a row, the tournament will men’s exhibition matches. This year, the four players will be John McEnroe, James Blake, Tommy Haas and Todd Martin. Haas will play Blake on Thursday, Aug. 23 following the night session women’s quarterfinal match. The next night, McEnroe will play Martin after one of the two WTA semifinals. The winners of Thursday’s and Friday’s men’s exhibitions will then play a final championship set Friday, also.

TICKETS: Qualifying Aug. 18-19 — $7. Main draw single session Aug. 20-26 — range in price from $25-60 per session for stadium boxes (silver level), $60-100 for courtside gold level boxes and from $95-135 for courtside platinum boxes. Front row boxes are available from $106-219 per seat per session. All prices depend upon the round of the tournament you wish to attend and how
close to the action the seats are.

DAILY DOUBLE SPECIAL: Combined tickets for admission to both the day and night sessions for any single day can be purchased for $60-99 for stadium boxes (silver level) or $115-160 for courtside (gold level) box seats.

FAMILY FOUR-PACK SPECIAL: 4 silver level tickets to a single session, $20 in food vouchers and 2 tournament posters for $99-199.

INFORMATION: Visit Web site at www.ctopen.org or call 855-464-8366 or 203-776-7331.