Madison Keys, the 17th-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, is the second player to commit to the 2018 Volvo Car Open.
Keys, 22, reached the final of the WTA tournament in Charleston in 2015.
The 45th annual Volvo Car Open, formerly called the Family Circle Cup, will run from March 31 through April 8 on Daniel Island.
Keys’ commitment comes during a bounce-back year for the Illinois native. After two wrist surgeries, she returned to action in March. And earlier this month, she captured her third WTA trophy at the Bank of the West Classic.
“I’m so excited to be back in Charleston next year,” Keys said in a statement released Tuesday. “The Volvo Car Open is one of my favorite tournaments to play and it happens to be in one of my favorite cities, too.
“I’m feeling great on the court again and I’m hopeful to keep the momentum up and win the title in April.”
Keys holds an 8-5 record in the Volvo Car Open. Next year will mark her sixth consecutive year playing in the Charleston event.
Eleanor Adams, the tournament manager, applauded Keys for her growth over the past several years.
“Our fans have rooted for Madison since the very beginning, and we know that they will be ecstatic to hear she’s returning to our tournament in 2018,” Adams said.
In addition to keys, Petra Kvitová also announced this month that she would be competing in the Volvo Car Open. Kvitová, 27, is a two-time Wimbledon champion and is ranked No. 14 in the world.
Tickets for the tournament will go on sale on Sept. 12.