Family Circle Cup, Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, and AVP Charleston Open Offer Charleston Elite Woman’s Sports Package

April 10, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC –- With the grace and charm of a genuine southern belle, the genteel city of Charleston has long been renowned for its storied contributions to American history. With the arrival of premier tennis, golf, and pro beach volleyball events, Charleston has reinvented itself as a destination where fans can witness the most talented women athletes in the world compete at the highest levels of their respective sports. In recognition of the success of these events, the Family Circle Cup, Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA, and AVP Charleston Open have partnered to offer an innovative ticketing option aptly titled the Charleston Elite Women’s Sports Package. For a limited time, fans will receive admission for two at each event for only $50. This promotional package is available for purchase at the Family Circle Cup Box Office beginning today, and expires on Friday, April 18th, at 7:30pm.

The Charleston Elite Women’s Sports Package is available for only $50 and includes two tickets to each event; a pair of third tier Family Circle Cup Night Session tickets on any date from Tuesday, April 15th through Friday, April 18th, a pair of AVP Charleston Open General Admission Day Session tickets for Thursday, May 8th or Friday, May 9th, and two Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA Day Passes good for admission to an entire day of golf on any date throughout the May 26th–June 1st event.

“There’s no better way to experience the excitement of professional women athletes than in person, and the Charleston Elite Women’s Sports Package offers a great opportunity for sports fans to attend each premier event for one low price,” commented Bob Moran, General Manager, Family Circle Tennis Center. “Whether it’s a golf ball, tennis ball, or volleyball, everyone is sure to be in awe of the power, control, and graceful athleticism demonstrated by these world class competitors.”

“With the trifecta of the Family Circle Cup, Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA, and the AVP Charleston Open, Charleston has reached the stratosphere in terms of showcasing the best women athletes in the world,” said Becky Newell, Tournament Director, Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA. “These events offer internationally recognizable names like Venus & Serena, Annika and Lorena, and Misty & Kerri, and fans are sure in for a treat at each of these incredible events.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Family Circle Cup Box Office, or by calling (800) 677-2293 Ext. 1. The Box Office is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm through April 11th, and from 9:00am to 8:00pm beginning April 12th through the conclusion of the Family Circle Cup on Sunday, April 20th, 2008.

About Family Circle Cup & AVP Charleston Open

The Family Circle Cup, scheduled April 12-20, 2008, and the AVP Charleston Open, scheduled May 8-10, 2008, will be held at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Family Circle Tennis Center is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Meredith Corporation that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis tournaments and other activities on a year-round basis. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read magazines in America, and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 courts lighted for night play, a racquet club featuring a full service proshop, and locker room facilities. More information on the Family Circle Cup or Tennis Center is available at (843) 856-7900 or

About Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA

The LPGA returns to South Carolina for the second annual Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA. Watch the world’s top female golfers compete for $2.6 million, one of the largest purses on the LPGA Tour. The event will be held at RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant, an Arnold palmer-designed course, and televised live on the Golf Channel and NBC Sports.

Beth Daniel has been named the Ginn Tribute Hosted by ANNIKA 2008 honoree. Daniel, who has had an outstanding 29-year career on the LPGA, is a South Carolina favorite and a graduate from Furman University. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1999. She is a three-time Rolex Player of the Year with 33 LPGA victories and has been named captain of the 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Come join the excitement and watch tournament host ANNIKA Sorenstam battle it out with defending champion Nicole Castrale as well as top LPGA superstars Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis.