The ATX Open will be the biggest women’s tennis tournament in Texas. | Rendering courtesy Drop Shot Tournament Series
The inaugural ATX Open is slated to be the biggest women’s tennis event in the state of Texas, and one ofjustfour women’s-only professional tournaments in the US.
Coupled with the fact that tennis is one of the most-watched women’s sports in the world and 17,000+ Austinites play the sport regularly, tournament directorChristo Van Rensburg thinks it’s about time.
“This is bringing that missing piece to Austin,” he said.
The week-long tournament will host renowned athletes and local stars, including — as was announced Thursday — Peyton Stearns, a Texas Longhorn currently approaching the top 200 in world rankings.
Ahead of the event, which begins Monday, Feb. 27 and is a part of the Hologic WTA Tour, we spoke with Christo about how the tournament came to the Capital City and what visitors can expect.
‘Everything just came together’
The decision to host a women’s tournament was an easy one, as Christo describes it.
“When you look at the Austin market, and you look at all the companies that are coming in here and want to invest in any sport, it’s all male dominated. You’ve got baseball, you’ve got football, you’ve got Austin FC, you’ve got F1,” he said. “We want to support women athletes.”
What to expect at the event
In addition to Stearns, US playersDanielle Collins, currently ranked No. 11 in the world, and No. 36Sloane Stephens have confirmed they’ll be two of the 32 competitors in the ATX Open’s singles bracket. Another 16 doubles teams will also compete.
“Bring your friends and family, kids, because it’s going to be great,” Christo said. “You’ll be so close to the players to get autographs, to go and sit right next to the practice courts and watch them fine tune their game.”
Click the button below to find out more, including why this year is a special one for women’s tennis.
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All four locations of Austin’s Daily Juice Cafe are permanently closing after this Sunday, Jan. 22. The two-decade-oldlocal chain was facing inflation coupled with increasing rent. (Austin American-Statesman)
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