The week before the US Open has been a bit of a problem spot for the WTA, ever since the licence for the New Haven event was sold and moved to Asia.
But the USTA confirmed Tuesday that a new event in Cleveland, Ohio is a go for the week of Aug. 22-28.
The tournament will be called the “Cleveland Championships”, and will be owned and managed by Topnotch Management (which is based in Cleveland).
Yes, another tournament that is owned and managed by a company that also represents players.
It will officially be part of the US Open Series.
(Also to be announced today – an additional one-year ATP Tour event scheduled for the week of May 22 – the week that was to have been the first week of Roland Garros.
It will take place in Parma, Italy. With that, you would expect that at least one of the Geneva and Lyon tournaments, which were originally the week before Roland Garros but are now two weeks, will stay in their original spots).
It will be held at the Jacobs Pavilion in the Flats West Bank area, and will have five additional courts in addition to a stadium court that will have great views of the river and downtown.
Topnotch has held a few events in recent years, including an exhibition event in Stowe, Vermont before the US Open a few years ago. It also runs a men’s ATP Challenger in Cleveland.
The tournament will have a 32 singles draw and a 15 doubles draw, with $300,000 in prize money, per the release (That’s almost 50 per cent more than the WTA 250 events are offering so far in 2021).
The stadium court will have a capacity of 3,000.