Recipe for a tournament: Tennis, free tickets, and fun

Mix together two of the world’s top-five women’s tennis players with five other top-20 contestants and some fiercely competitive up-and-comers; add in four legendary men’s players; toss in a week-long festival of food, music, and activities; sprinkle with sweet discounts for the Yale community.
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Madison Keys (World No. 18) is one of three Americans competing in the Connecticut Open, which will bring together players from more than 10 countries.

Discounts — and free tickets — for Yale community

Yale community members can receive up to two free tickets for 9 of the 12 sessions (excluding the Thursday and Friday evening sessions and the Saturday session) while supplies last. The tickets will be distributed on a first-come basis. If complimentary tickets are no longer available for the session(s) of your choice, you can purchase tickets at a 25% discount.

In fact, Yale community members can receive a 25% discount on tickets for all 12 individual matches, including the final match on Saturday, Aug. 29, and the Men’s Legends sessions. This discount applies both to pre-ordered tickets as well as to those purchased at the gate. Tournament officials expect that the Men’s Legends tickets will be in high demand, and urge those interested in attending to purchase their tickets ASAP.

For more information about the ticket offers, Log onto the Yale Portal. (Note: a Yale NETID is required to log on.)

Mix together two of the world’s top-five women’s tennis players with five other top-20 contestants and some fiercely competitive up-and-comers; add in four legendary men’s players; toss in a week-long festival of food, music, and activities; sprinkle with sweet discounts for the Yale community; set under an August-bright sky; and simmer for nine days.

Voilà! You have the 2015 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies.

The women-only WTA tournament will take place Aug. 21–29 in the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, 45 Derby Ave. The competition is part of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.

Eight top 20-ranked competitors

Headlining the international field for the 2015 tournament will be two former winners of the Connecticut Open: 2013 champion Simona Halep of  Romania (World No. 3) and defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (World No. 5).

Halep, who is returning to New Haven for the third consecutive year, has won three titles this season, hoisting trophies at Indian Wells, Dubai, and Shenzhen. She also boasts semifinal efforts at Miami, Rome, and Stuttgart and quarterfinal appearances at the Australian Open and Birmingham.

Kvitova, who will make her fifth trip to the tournament, never dropped a set at the 2014 Connecticut Open, capturing her second title in the last three years at New Haven, having won before in 2012. This year, the two-time Wimbledon champion has captured the titles this year in Madrid and Sydney.

A trio of American players is also on the roster: World No. 18 Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, and CoCo Vandeweghe. And five other players in this year’s Connecticut Open field are ranked in the WTA top 20: No. 11 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, No. 12 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, No. 14 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, No. 17 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and No. 20 Sara Errani of Italy.

For a full list of players, visit the Connecticut Open website.

Men’s Legends

Fans can also watch members of the opposite sex compete when the Men’s Legends Event presented by PowerShares Series returns for the second year.

Fairfield native James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Jim Courier will return to New Haven for the Legends event. This year, they will be joined by John McEnroe. Blake will play Roddick on Thursday, Aug. 27, and McEnroe will battle Courier on Friday, Aug. 28. Both contests will be the second match of the evening session, following the WTA quarterfinal and semifinal match, respectively.

And more …

The tournament will also include tennis demonstrations, autograph sessions with the players, nightly concerts, an expanded food court, and more. For a complete list of events, visit the Connecticut Open website.

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