Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, fresh from her bronze medal win in Rio, played in the first match against Louisa Chirico of the United States.
Yale President Peter Salovey being interviewed before the first match of the evening.
The Citations, a student a cappella group from the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, entertained Yale faculty, staff, and students at a reception prior to the first match.
The reception featuring food and drink was held in the Sponsor Club that overlooks Stadium Court.
Recent gold medalists Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia are escorted onto the court by children from the New Haven Youth Tennis & Education group. International Yale students carried the flags of the players’ countries, representing 13 nations in total.
Timea Bacsinszky, doubles silver medalist from Switzerland.
Shelby Rogers of the United States.
Salovey, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, and tournament director Anne Worcester welcome the players.
Emma Hathaway ’17, president of the Yale Glee Club, singing the national anthem.
Gold medalist Ekaterina Makarova.
Salovey and Harp preside over the coin toss.
Louisa Chirico of the United States, Salovey, Harp, and Kvitova at center court.
Chirico started out strong ...
... but Kvitova went on to win the match 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
After her victory, Kvitova signs autographs ...
... and poses for a fan's selfie.
The Spizzwinks, an undergraduate a cappella group, entertain between matches.
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark being escorted onto the court by local children.
Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakstan and Timea Babos of Hungary entering the court. The children were chosen to serve as escorts via a raffle held at the Yale reception.
The opening ceremony of the Connecticut Open on Aug. 22 was hosted by Yale University and featured a welcome by tournament director Anne Worcester, as well as speeches from both New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Yale President Peter Salovey.