October 23, 2021

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Charleston WTA under new ownership

The Volvo Car Open is now locally owned, as Charleston native Ben Navarro has bought the tournament.

Cue … nearly every other tournament envying the event for having a local billionaire who serendipitously happens to be a huge tennis supporter.

Formerly the Family Circle Cup, it is the oldest women-only event on Tour.

Since 2017, Moorad Sports Partners held majority ownership. The other 30 per cent remained with Meredith Corp. (which bought Family Circle magazine – and the tournament – in 2005).

Navarro also owns a tennis club. Daughter Emma, 17, won a Grade 2 ITF junior event in Montreal this week.