KEI NISHIKORI AND GARBIÑE MUGURUZA
GEARING UP FOR HAWAII OPEN
Tournament announces Milos Raonic as sixth ATP player.
November 6, 2018
Some of the world’s best tennis players will spend their holiday break in Oahu for the Hawaii Open presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, to be held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, December 21-23.
The men’s and women’s professional tournament will be headlined by No. 1 Japanese ATP World Tour player and 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori and former WTA Tour No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza. To round out the elite lineup, the tournament announced the addition of No. 1 Canadian and ATP World Tour No. 13, Milos Raonic earlier this week. It will serve as an important warmup to the Australian Open and will be the first stop as players begin the tournament year.
“I’m very excited to go to Hawaii for the first time and meet my fans, the island, the food and everything!” Muguruza said. ADVERTISEMENT “It is going to be my first stop of the season.”
The event is hosted at the Blaisdell Arena in downtown Honolulu, with a variety of VIP and special events happening around the island.
“I’m looking forward to going to Hawaii,” Nishikori said. “I’ve played one Challenger there before. I’m very happy to go there and play.”
2017 US Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe is also looking forward to returning to Hawaii. “I’m so excited to be returning to Hawaii after the great run we had at Fed Cup,” Vandeweghe said during an on-camera interview. “I had so much fun. I’ll see you all in December!”
VIP experiences open to guests around Oahu include the tournament’s Official Players Party at the Prince Waikiki hotel and a Pro-Am Tournament at Kailua Racquet Club. Friday Night’s Players Party is expected to feature the entire draw of the Hawaii Open while Thursday’s Pro-Am will feature all except Garbiñe Muguruza.
Coaches at the Hawaii Open will have the opportunity to sit on-court and talk with their players during match play. Players can refine their play mid-match as they work to improve their skills for the rest of the tennis season. Coaches will also wear microphones during match play, adding a unique learning and entertainment aspect to the fan experience.
“I think from a fan’s perspective, in-match coaching will add excitement and drama to the tournament,” said Ben Goldsmith, tournament director of the Hawaii Open. “It adds an extra dimension to the match that will allow fans to see more of the player’s personality than at other tournaments.”