"Game, Set, Rock! Tennis Amplified" just got a little more amped.
Tennis legend Monica Seles will join John McEnroe, Anna Kournikova and Jim Courier on Saturday night for an evening of music and tennis entertainment.
"I'm so excited to be a part of this event at the Family Circle Cup," said Seles. "I have so many great memories of playing this event, and I'm really looking forward to coming to Charleston."
Seles is one of the greatest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players of all time. Her resume includes nine Grand Slam titles (four Australian Opens, three French Opens and two U.S. Opens) and 178 career weeks as the No.1 player in the world.
Family Circle Cup general manager Bob Moran was pleased that Seles joined the star-studded field.
"Monica Seles has recommitted herself to fitness and a healthy lifestyle, which is strongly aligned with Meredith Corporation's dedication to empowering strong and healthy women," Moran said. "Monica is a great champion who has enjoyed tremendous success throughout her career, and we know our fans will be very happy to see her return to the tennis court at the Family Circle Cup."
The event begins at 7 p.m. and will include the Blue Dogs, one of Charleston's favorite country, bluegrass, and roots-rock group.
Tickets for the event are available as a stand-alone ticketed session via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (800) 745-3000, local Publix outlets, and at the Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office weekdays from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Box Level seating will be available for $35, Terrace Level for $25, and Grandstand for $15.
The Family Circle Cup is celebrating 10 years in Charleston.
Here are 10 memorable moments (in chronological order) in Family Circle Cup history since the move was announced on March 2, 2000.
April 14, 2001: Jennifer Capriati wins first Family Circle Cup contested in Charleston.
April 21, 2002: Family Circle Cup becomes the first Tier I final played with two unseeded players. Iva Majoli defeated Patty Schnyder to win the title.
April 12, 2004: Conchita Martinez wins her 700th career match during Family Circle Cup play.
April 15, 2004: Family Circle Cup's show court renamed Althea Gibson Club Court in honor of the legendary player.
April 10, 2005: ABC reality show "Venus and Serena: For Real" filmed onsite.
April 8, 2006: A tornado hits Family Circle Cup Stadium, ripping down player banners.
April 16, 2006: A Charleston attendance record is set at 92,375.
April 7, 2007: On-court coaching debuts in Charleston. Russian Alla Kurdyavetsa called for her coach in a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Anne Kremer.
April 14-20, 2008: Family Circle celebrates its 35th year. Many former winners honored in Parade of Champs; Bud Collins serves as emcee; Maria Sharapova makes her debut as a seeded player and Serena Williams beats Sharapova in the championship.
April 14, 2009: Basketball legend Julius Erving watches his daughter Alexandra Stevenson play a tennis match for the first time.
ESPN2 will provide four days of television coverage beginning with Thursday's Round of 16.
Thursday's and Friday's coverage is from 1-2:30 p.m. each day.
Saturday's semifinal coverage and Sunday's championship is set for 1-3 p.m.
ESPN's crew will include Cliff Drysdale and Mary Joe Fernandez.
On a beautiful day at the Family Circle Tennis Center, attendance for Tuesday's day session was 6,210, with a crowd of 6,372 at the night match on Stadium Court.
That pushes total attendance to 28,491 through five sessions.
Compiled by Philip M. Bowman