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SAN JOSÉ:   THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC


MUGURUZA, AZARENKA, ANISIMOVA TO PLAY


The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will welcome back some of the world's leading women's tennis stars as two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and young American Amanda Anisimova have announced they will play in the 2019 event, July 29-August 4, on the campus of San José State University.
 
Mubadala Investment Company's involvement in the Classic reinforces the company's commitment to tennis and the Bay Area. Through this partnership, Mubadala has also expanded its long-standing support of tennis, which includes title sponsorship of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an invitational event held in Abu Dhabi in late December, and the Rio Open, an ATP 500 event held in Brazil each February.  
 
Entering its second year in San José, the heart of Silicon Valley, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA tennis event that combines the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment.
 
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament brings the best female tennis players in the world to the Bay Area. Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament also serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
 
Muguruza has captured six career WTA singles titles including the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017. In September 2017, she ascended to the World No. 1 ranking joining Arantxa Sanchez Vicario as the only Spanish women to reach to top spot.
 
Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, will be making her sixth appearance at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. She won the singles title in 2010 and a doubles title (with Maria Kirilenko) in 2011. The two-time Grand Slam champion has won 20 career WTA singles titles and ascended to the World No. 1 ranking in 2012.
 
At just 17-years-old Anisimova is one of the sports brightest young stars. In January, she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open knocking off the 24th-seed Lesia Tsurenko and the 11th-seed Aryna Sabalenko during her run. In 2017, she captured the US Open Girls singles title and in 2018 ended the year as the youngest player ranked among the top-100 in the world.
 
Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was first played in 1971 and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis event in the world. Its list of past champions reads like a who's who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
 



ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first women's stop of the US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $876,183.
 
ABOUT MUBADALA: Mubadala Investment Company actively manages a worldwide portfolio supporting the vision of a globally integrated and diversified economy, through sustainable returns to its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi. In March 2018, Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) joined the Group. Mubadala's US $225 billion (AED 830 billion dirham) portfolio spans five continents with interests in aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, defense services, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, agribusiness and a global portfolio of financial holdings. Mubadala is a trusted partner, an engaged shareholder and a responsible global company that is committed to ethics and world-class standards.
 
ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: Entering its 16th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.
 
Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
 
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.
 
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY: The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study - offered through its eight colleges.  With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce.  The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

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published   March 2019  -- Tennisportal TAKEOFF-PRESS

                                 and by  Presse Dienst Süd
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