Connecticut Open (tennis)

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This article is about the former New Haven joint tennis event. It is now a women's-only event. For the New Haven men's tennis event known as Volvo International and Pilot Pen International, see Volvo International.
Connecticut Open
Founded 1948
Location New Haven, Connecticut
United States
Venue Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center
Surface DecoTurf/Outdoors
Official website
 ATP World Tour
Category ATP World Series
(1990–1997)
ATP International Series
(1998–2008)
ATP World Tour 250 series
(2009–2010)
Draw 48S / 32Q / 16D
Prize Money US$750,000
 WTA Tour
Category WTA Tier IV
(1988–1989)
WTA Tier III
(1990–1994)
WTA Tier II
(1997–2008)
WTA Premier
(2009–current)
Draw 32M / 32Q / 16D
Prize Money US$235,000

The Connecticut Open is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It is a WTA Premier Tournament on the WTA Tour. Until 2010 the tournament was part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the ATP Tour. It is held annually at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut, United States, just before the fourth and last Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open.

History[edit]

The tournament was created in 1948 as the U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships and first played in Sacramento, California in the United States. Over the twenty years of its first run the event was moved regularly to several U.S. locations including San Francisco, Berkeley, California, Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, Washington, La Jolla, San Diego, California and Denver, Colorado. Among the winners of the event were Doris Hart, Darlene Hard, Nancy Richey, Rosemary Casals, Billie Jean King and Jane Bartkowicz. The event was discontinued in 1969 following the beginning of the Open Era.[1]

In 1988 the United States Tennis Association (USTA) decided to reinstate the tournament. The first edition of the new U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships were held that year in San Antonio, Texas, first as part of Tier IV of the WTA Tour, then as an upgraded Tier III event in 1990. The championships were first sponsored by Post Cereals in 1990[2] and by Acura from 1992 to 1994.[2] Over the first years of its second run the tournament had several past or future World No. 1s among its champions, such as Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova. After the event was moved to Stratton Mountain, Vermont for the 1993 and 1994 editions, conflicts with the 1996 Summer Olympics prevented the tournament from being held in 1995 and 1996. In 1997 the event returned again, now within Tier II and first taking place in Stone Mountain, Georgia, then in its current location of New Haven, Connecticut in 1998 under the new sponsorship of Pilot Pen.[1] In the first years of its run in New Haven the event saw its competition dominated by Lindsay Davenport (four-time runner-up in New Haven, one previous time in Stone Mountain, and 2005 champion) and Venus Williams (four-time champion from 1999 to 2002).

When it arrived in New Haven in 1998, the Pilot Pen International became the second tennis tournament of New Haven, alongside the men's Pilot Pen International, first created in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire in 1973 as the Volvo International, and moved to Connecticut in 1990, where it took Pilot Pen sponsorship in 1997. When the men's event was cancelled in 1999, the women's Pilot Pen tournament remained the only one of the region until 2005, when the USTA decided to purchase the men's tournament of Long Island, New York.[3]

Logo of the former joint event from 2005-2010

Creating the first large joint ATPWTA tournament leading to the US Open,[4] the 2005 merge allowed the Pilot Pen Tennis, which also became the last event of the US Open Series, to continue to attract top players, with Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, James Blake, Justine Henin and Nikolay Davydenko winning the event in recent years.

In 2011 the tournament dropped the men's competition and renamed the now women's-only event the "New Haven Open at Yale."[5] The men's competition was moved to Winston-Salem.

In 2014, the New Haven Open at Yale was renamed the Connecticut Open. [6]

Past finals[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
New Haven 2010 Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky Uzbekistan Denis Istomin 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
2009 Spain Fernando Verdasco United States Sam Querrey 6–4, 7–6(6)
2008 Croatia Marin Čilić United States Mardy Fish 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
2007 United States James Blake United States Mardy Fish 7–5, 6–4
2006 Russia Nikolay Davydenko Argentina Agustín Calleri 6–4, 6–3
2005 United States James Blake Spain Feliciano López 3–6, 7–5, 6–1
Long Island 2004 Australia Lleyton Hewitt Peru Luis Horna 6–3, 6–1
2003 Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan United States James Blake 6–2, 6–4
2002 Thailand Paradorn Srichaphan Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela 5–7, 6–2, 6–2
2001 Germany Tommy Haas United States Pete Sampras 6–3, 3–6, 6–2
2000 Sweden Magnus Norman Sweden Thomas Enqvist 6–3, 5–7, 7–5
1999 Sweden Magnus Norman Spain Àlex Corretja 7–6(4), 4–6, 6–3
1998 Australia Patrick Rafter Spain Félix Mantilla 7–6(3), 6–2
1997 Spain Carlos Moyá Australia Patrick Rafter 6–4, 7–6(1)
1996 Ukraine Andrei Medvedev Czech Republic Martin Damm 7–5, 6–3
1995 Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Netherlands Jan Siemerink 7–6(0), 6–2
1994 Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov France Cédric Pioline 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
1993 Switzerland Marc Rosset United States Michael Chang 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
1992 Czech Republic Petr Korda United States Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–2
1991 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl Sweden Stefan Edberg 6–3, 6–2
1990 Sweden Stefan Edberg Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević 7–6, 6–3
Long Island
(exhibition)
1989 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl Sweden Mikael Pernfors 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
1988 United States Andre Agassi France Yannick Noah 6–3, 0–6, 6–4
1987 Sweden Jonas Svensson United States David Pate 7–6, 3–6, 6–3
1986 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl United States John McEnroe 6–2, 6–4
1985 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl United States Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–3
1984 Czech Republic Ivan Lendl Ecuador Andrés Gómez 6–2, 6–4
1983 United States Gene Mayer Switzerland Heinz Günthardt 6–7(9), 6–4, 6–0
1982 United States Gene Mayer United States Johan Kriek 6–2, 6–3
1981 United States Brian Teacher France Yannick Noah 4–6, 6–3, 6–4

Women's singles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
New Haven 2014 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–4, 6–2
2013 Romania Simona Halep Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 6–2, 6–2
2012 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Russia Maria Kirilenko 7–6(11–9), 7–5
2011 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Czech Republic Petra Cetkovská 6–4, 6–1
2010 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Russia Nadia Petrova 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
2009 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Russia Elena Vesnina 6–2, 6–4
2008 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Russia Anna Chakvetadze 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
2007 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Hungary Ágnes Szávay 4–6, 3–0 retired
2006 Belgium Justine Henin United States Lindsay Davenport 6–0, 1–0 retired
2005 United States Lindsay Davenport France Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 6–4
2004 Russia Elena Bovina France Nathalie Dechy 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
2003 United States Jennifer Capriati United States Lindsay Davenport 6–2, 4–0 retired
2002 United States Venus Williams United States Lindsay Davenport 7–5, 6–0
2001 United States Venus Williams United States Lindsay Davenport 7–6(6), 6–4
2000 United States Venus Williams United States Monica Seles 6–2, 6–4
1999 United States Venus Williams United States Lindsay Davenport 6–2, 7–5
1998 Germany Steffi Graf Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6–4, 6–1
Stone Mt. 1997 United States Lindsay Davenport France Sandrine Testud 6–4, 6–1
  1996 Not Held
1995 Not Held
Stratton
Mountain
1994 Spain Conchita Martínez Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
1993 Spain Conchita Martínez United States Zina Garrison 6–3, 6–2
San Antonio 1992 United States Martina Navratilova France Nathalie Tauziat 6–2, 6–1
1991 Germany Steffi Graf Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–4, 6–3
1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–4, 6–3
1989 Germany Steffi Graf United States Ann Henricksson 6–1, 6–4
1988 Germany Steffi Graf Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6–4, 6–1
1987
-
1970
Not Held
Sacramento 1969 United States Eliza Godwin
La Jolla 1968 South Africa Maryna Godwin
Sacramento 1967 United States Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz
La Jolla 1966 United States Billie Jean King United States Patti Hogan Fordyce 7–5, 6–0
Sacramento 1965 United States Rosemary Casals
1964 United States Kathy Harter
La Jolla 1963 United States Darlene Hard
Seattle 1962 United States Carol Hanks Aucamp
La Jolla 1961 United States Nancy Richey
1960 United States Katherine D. Chabot
Denver 1959 South Africa Sandra Reynolds Price
La Jolla 1958 United States Beverly Baker Fleitz
1957 United States Beverly Baker Fleitz
1956 United States Nancy Chaffee Kiner
1955 United States Miriam Arnold
Salt Like City 1954 United States Beverly Baker Fleitz
1953 United States Anita Kanter
Seattle 1952 United States Mary Arnold Prentiss
Salt Lake City 1951 United States Patricia Canning Todd
Berkeley 1950* United States Patricia Canning Todd Romania Magda Rurac 6–2, 6–1
San Francisco 1949* United States Doris Hart United States Dorothy Head Knode 6–3, 6–4
1948* United States Gertrude Moran United States Virginia Wolfenden Kovacs 2–6, 6–1, 6–2
  • From 1948 through 1950, the U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships were a combined event with the Pacific Coast Championships.

Men's doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
New Haven 2010 Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–4, 7–5
2009 Austria Julian Knowle
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Brazil Bruno Soares
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 7–6(3)
2008 Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil André Sá
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–2
2007 India Mahesh Bhupathi
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 6–3
2006 Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 6–3
2005 Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
United States Rajeev Ram
United States Bobby Reynolds
6–4, 6–3
Long Island 2004 France Antony Dupuis
France Michaël Llodra
Switzerland Yves Allegro
Germany Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
2003 South Africa Robbie Koenig
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
6–3, 7–6
2002 India Mahesh Bhupathi
United States Mike Bryan
Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–3, 6–4
2001 United States Jonathan Stark
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–1, 6–4
2000 United States Jonathan Stark
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
6–4, 6–4
1999 France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
United States Jan-Michael Gambill
United States Scott Humphries
7–5, 6–4
1998 Spain Julian Alonso
Spain Javier Sánchez
United States Brandon Coupe
United States Dave Randall
6–4, 6–4
1997 South Africa Marcos Ondruska
Germany David Prinosil
United States Mark Keil
United States T. J. Middleton
6–4, 6–4
1996 United States Luke Jensen
United States Murphy Jensen
Germany Hendrik Dreekmann
Russia Alexander Volkov
6–3, 7–6
1995 Czech Republic Cyril Suk
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
United States Rick Leach
United States Scott Melville
5–7, 7–6, 7–6
1994 France Olivier Delaître
France Guy Forget
Australia Andrew Florent
United Kingdom Mark Petchey
6–4, 7–6
1993 Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
Germany David Prinosil
France Arnaud Boetsch
France Olivier Delaître
6–7, 7–5, 6–2
1992 United States Francisco Montana
United States Greg Van Emburgh
Italy Gianluca Pozzi
Finland Olli Rahnasto
6–4, 6–2
1991 Germany Eric Jelen
Germany Carl-Uwe Steeb
United States Doug Flach
Italy Diego Nargiso
0–6, 6–4, 7–6
1990 France Guy Forget
Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
Germany Udo Riglewski
Germany Michael Stich
2–6, 6–3, 6–4

Women's doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
New Haven 2014 Slovenia Andreja Klepač
Spain Sílvia Soler Espinosa
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
7–5, 4–6, [10–7]
2013 India Sania Mirza
China Zheng Jie
Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6-3, 6-4
2012 United States Liezel Huber
United States Lisa Raymond
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
4–6, 6–0, [10–4]
2011 Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Belarus Olga Govortsova
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
7–5, 6–2
2010 Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–5, 6–0
2009 Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain María José Martínez Sánchez
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 7–5
2008 Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
Romania Sorana Cîrstea
Romania Monica Niculescu
4–6, 7–5, [10–7]
2007 India Sania Mirza
Italy Mara Santangelo
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
6–1, 6–2
2006 China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–4, 6–2
2005 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Russia Maria Kirilenko
6–2, 6–7(1), 6–1
2004 Russia Nadia Petrova
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Lisa Raymond
6–1, 1–6, 7–6(4)
2003 Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
Australia Alicia Molik
Spain Magüi Serna
7–6(6), 6–3
2002 Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Italy Tathiana Garbin
Slovakia Janette Husárová
7–6, 1–6, 7–5
2001 Zimbabwe Cara Black
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić
Russia Nadia Petrova
6–0, 3–6, 6–2
2000 France Julie Halard-Decugis
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–4, 5–7, 6–2
1999 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(1), 6–2
1998 France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
South Africa Mariaan de Swardt
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–1, 6–0
Stone Mt. 1997 United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–2
  1996 Not Held
1995 Not Held
Stratton
Mountain
1994 Australia Elizabeth Sayers-Smylie
United States Pam Shriver
Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(4), 2–6, 7–5
1993 Australia Elizabeth Sayers-Smylie
Czech Republic Helena Suková
Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
Argentina Mercedes Paz
6–1, 6–2
San Antonio 1992 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
United States Patty Fendick
Czechoslovakia Andrea Strnadová
3–6, 6–2, 7–6(4)
1991 United States Patty Fendick
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles
Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
7–6(2), 6–2
1990 United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Sayers-Smylie
United States Gigi Fernández
United States Robin White
7–5, 7–5
1989 United States Katrina Adams
United States Pam Shriver
United States Patty Fendick
Canada Jill Hetherington
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
1988 United States Lori McNeil
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Gretchen Rush-Magers
6–3, 6–7(5), 6–2

2011 Earthquake[edit]

On August 23, 2011 1:51 PM local time[7] a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia stopped play for two hours[8] while the main stadium was checked for damage by the fire department.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b pilotpentennis.com (2008-08-15). "2008 Pilot Pen Tennis Press Guide". Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b sonyericssonwtatour.com. "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Final Results: 1971-2007". Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  3. ^ "USTA buys ATP event, moves it to New Haven". USA Today. Associated Press. 2005-05-09. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ USTA (2005-05-10). "USTA purchases ATP men's tournament to create first combined summer event". Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Tennis tournament continues as New Haven Open at Yale". New Haven Open at Yale website. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  6. ^ "ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Magnitude 5.8 - VIRGINIA". Virginia: USGS. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Earthquake Causes Evacuation At New Haven Open". The Huffington Post. Huffington Post. September 2, 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

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