Family Circle Cup Draws Record Crowds for 10th Year on Daniel Island

April 21, 2010

Attracted by a star-studded line-up and spectacular springtime weather, more than 95,000 tennis fans came out to Daniel Island last week to experience one of the WTA’s Premier Events. It was a record attendance for the Family Circle Cup since moving to its home on Daniel Island ten years ago.

On the courts, the competition was fierce, with the tournament’s number one seed (and World No. 2) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark losing in the semifinals to Vera Zvonareva (World No. 22) of Russia.

Sam Stosur

World No. 22 Vera Zvonareva and 2010 Family Circle Cup Champion Sam Stosur

Zvonareva faced Australian Samantha Stosur (World No. 11) in the finals, with Stosur capturing the title — just the second championship of her career. The action was broadcast live to a national television audience by ESPN2.

Saturday night, thousands of lucky fans cheered on tennis legends John McEnroe and Jim Courier in an intense exhibition match that went into a tiebreaker before McEnroe emerged as the winner. Afterwards, the pair was joined by Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova for a lively set of mixed doubles. In between, the crowd enjoyed live music by the Blue Dogs, one of Charleston’s favorite bands. The event, called “Game, Set, Rock. Tennis. Amplified.”, was a celebration recognizing the tournament’s ten years in Charleston.

There were smiles all around throughout the entire week on the Family Circle Tennis Center grounds as spectators enjoyed a wide range of special activities and events, including tennis clinics, celebrity and player appearances, live music, shopping, health and fitness demonstrations and an endless assortment of food and beverage options.

Our congratulations and thanks go out to the Family Circle Cup staff – and the hundreds of hard-working volunteers – for pulling off yet another spectacular week of world-class tennis and entertainment on Daniel Island.

Check out more photos of the 2010 Family Circle Cup below!