NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Connecticut’s stop on the professional tennis circuit has a new name, a new sponsor and for the first time in several years, a sense of identity and security.
The main draw of the Connecticut Open, which has previously been known as the Volvo, the Pilot Pen, and most recently the New Haven Open, gets underway today at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
The latest name change came after the state last year agreed to spend $618,000 to buy the Women’s Tennis Association sanctioning rights to the tournament and keep it from moving to North Carolina.
United Technologies Corp., which is based in Hartford, then agreed to become the presenting sponsor for the next two years.
This year’s field includes 11 of the top 25 women’s players in the world.