SAN JOSÉ, Calif. – Five-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has announced she will play in the 2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, which will be held July 30-Aug. 5 on the campus of the tournament’s new home, San José State University.
“I am excited to return to the Bay Area for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic,” said Sharapova. “I always enjoy playing in California. The region has tremendous tennis fans, and I can’t wait to see the tournament’s new venue in San José.”
In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA tennis event that will look to bring the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment.
Formerly known as the Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has moved to San José State University. The new venue will provide an elevated, family-friendly atmosphere and allow fans to see their favorite stars up close.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw, the tournament will bring the best female tennis players in the world to the Bay Area. Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament also serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
One of the most successful tennis players in history, Sharapova has won 35 career WTA singles titles and is one of just six women to win all four of tennis’ major titles, completing the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open title in 2012. This will mark Sharapova’s fifth visit to the event. She advanced to the tournament final in 2010.
Off the court, Sharapova remains one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. She has used her notoriety and entrepreneurial spirit to create her own successful lifestyle brand, Sugarpova, and to advance women in business.
In the spirit of women’s empowerment, Sharapova recently announced that she is collaborating with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to mentor female entrepreneurs through the Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program.
The tournament player field is already shaping up to be one of the strongest of the summer hardcourt season, with Sharapova joining defending champion Madison Keys and singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe as tournament entries.
Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was first played in 1971 and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis event in the world. Its list of past champions reads like a "who's who" of women's tennis, including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
Weeklong and Finals Weekend ticket packages for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are on sale now.
To purchase, tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.com or call 1-866-982-8497.