Tennis - Professional women's tennis will return to Albany, New York for the first time since 1994 as the Women's Tennis Association Tour released its schedule for 2020 this week. The Albany Open replaces the WTA event which was played in Quebec and will be held before the week of the US Open in August, according to The Times Union.
The tournament will be one of the 32 international level events to be held on the WTA schedule and will be played on outdoor hard courts with a prize money pool of $275,000. The tournament has a 32 player singles draw, 16 doubles teams and a 24-player qualifying draw.
The venue of the tournament site is yet to be decided and will be based on facilities, availability, economics and community support. The last time an event was held in Albany was in 1994 when the OTB Open was held. That tournament was held between 1985 and 1994 and held both a men's event and a women's event.
Among the players who competed there were Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Pam Shriver, Mary Pierce and Helena Sukova. World Team Tennis has also been held in the region since then. One of the main players behind the tournament is Jerry Solomon, who commented, "We will be announcing details on the tennis event in the very near future but are excited to be able to bring an annual tour stop to the Albany area during the week immediately prior to the U.S.
Open, which we think is a great spot on the calendar. The Capital Region has a long history in tennis having hosted World Team Tennis, ATP events and special events at the Times Union Center, so (we) look to add to that."