Tennis women from around the country will travel to Hawaii to play in the Tennis Championships of Honolulu for a highly coveted spot into the 2018 US Open.
HONOLULU, HAWAII, June 21, 2018 – The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Hawaii Pacific Section announced today that the inaugural Tennis Championships of Honolulu (TCOH) Presented by Prince Waikiki will be the first tournament of the 2018 US Open Women’s Wild Card Challenge. The five-week challenge kicks off in Hawaii and will continue in California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Women from over 15 different countries will travel to Honolulu to compete for $60,000 in total prize money and the highest-performing American woman at the end of the series will earn a main draw wild card into the US Open. TCOH will be hosted at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa’s Tennis Complex from July 8-15.
The Tennis Championships of Honolulu, a part of the USTA Pro Circuit, will include:
- 32 Qualifying Women’s Singles Draw
- 32 Main Women’s Singles Draw
- 16 Women’s Doubles Draw
Notable players include top seed Nao Hibino of Japan, who has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 56, as well as Americans Claire Liu, Grace Min and Kayla Day, who all hold Junior Grand Slam Girls’ Singles Titles. Two players in the tournament have Hawaii ties. Three-time Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Champion Alyssa Tobita earned a wild card into the Qualifying Singles Draw as well as a spot in the Doubles Main Draw. The Mililani High School alum just capped off her final year on the University of Oregon’s Women’s Tennis Team, earning the ITA Senior Player of the Year award for the Northwest Region. Lena Lutzeier, a recent graduate from Hawaii Pacific University, will also compete in the Singles Main Draw. She is currently the highest-ranked collegiate women’s singles player in the Oracle/ITA Division II.
“We are pleased to be a part of the US Open Wild Card Challenge and bring another world-class professional tennis event to Hawaii,” said Ron Romano, Executive Director of the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section. “We look forward to seeing some of the rising stars on the women’s tour and hope the players will have a memorable time in Hawaii.”
The University of Hawaii (UH) Tennis Complex is one of the finest tennis destinations in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and home to the UH Manoa men’s and women’s tennis programs. Featuring 12 asphalt courts with lights and shaded seating, the UH Manoa Tennis Complex has hosted many NCAA events, including the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament.
“We are extremely proud to host the Tennis Championships of Honolulu at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex,” said Jun Hernandez, the UH Manoa Women’s Head Tennis Coach and recently named Big West Coach of the Year. “Our local tennis players, our school, and the state of Hawaii are very excited to experience high-caliber tennis by professional women from around the world.”
The Tennis Championships of Honolulu is open to the public and will include a weeklong schedule of community festivities, including complimentary tennis clinics for children and adults. Admission is free on the first two days of the tournament, from July 8-9. Starting July 10, admission fees will apply. Children ages 10 and under always attend free. For more information on tickets and activities, visit www.goTCOH.com.